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Good in spots, but dated
March 23, 2012
I saw Michael Nesmith's ELEPHANT PARTS many years ago on either cable TV or home video. I decided to purchase the DVD and give it a second look.
While the five music videos for Nesmith's songs "Rio," "Cruisin'," "Light," "Magic," and "Tonite" are well done, the comedy bits in between are a mixed bag: some are amusing, others are dated (as old SNL sketches are) and others just aren't funny at all. I don't think the sketch about homemade nuclear bombs would fly in today's post-9/11 world.
Overall, the video is well-done, considering it was made on a shoestring budget (Nesmith had just started his Pacific Arts record label/video company a few years earlier).
The DVD has an interesting commentary track by Nesmith, which was apparently made in the early-to-mid 1990s. There is also a gallery of photo stills, but caution: it does not play on all DVD units (it would not play on my DVD recorder, which kept defaulting to the film itself, but played fine on my portable DVD player).
Overall, 3 1/2 stars.