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JBW Says, in 1-13-2010 at 10:28:23 from     

I would have rated this 5 stars if they left Cunningham’s DVD out. It is just not even close to the work of Gondry and Jonze. The best part of these DVDs are the extras. The 35min mini story on Phatlip is incredible and Gondry’s story of his background is amazing. Get this set!!!
Rating: 4 / 5

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Dick Oliver Says, in 1-13-2010 at 11:58:01 from     

First the negative side: I wasn’t aware when I bought this that almost all the short films featured are weird and wild music videos. If that’s what you’re after, this is the best set imaginable to get, with truly extraordinary work packaged well and including in-depth commentary and secrets of how and why the pieces were created.

If you’re more interested in short films (as opposed to music videos), then there will still be a couple of interesting–if extremely bizarre–pieces for you, but really not enough to warrant the price of the collection.

The styles of all three artists fit extremely well together as a collection–they all share a love for creepy, disorienting, post-modern pieces. Most of the videos have the grungy, casual look-and-feel of “home video” combined with top-notch professional-quality editing and effects. Some will leave you with absolutely no idea HOW they pulled off the magic. Others (quite a few) may leave you with absolutely no idea WHY they bothered.

Generally speaking, if you are over 30 and/or only injest legal substances, your chances of enjoying this are pretty slim. But if you want to really see the cutting edge of the music video art form, there may be no better collection available anywhere.
Rating: 4 / 5

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Anonymous Says, in 1-13-2010 at 11:58:10 from     

My friends keep asking to borrow them, so they keep shifting hands. I know what a bunch of friends are getting next gift-giving season.

When they are at home, they go on every week or so. We either let the videos play for background music while cleaning or the likes, or put the doucmentries/interviews on for movie time.

Having a collection of such fun videos and a good mix of songs on these DVDs makes it impossible to pass up.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Vadim Lasca Says, in 1-13-2010 at 13:55:16 from     

Four of the bests
Rating: 5 / 5

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S. Pactor Says, in 1-13-2010 at 15:23:44 from     

My wife bought me all three for Hannukah. Huzzah! I was super stoked to receive these as a gift, since they’re in the category of “things I want but wouldn’t buy for myself”, i.e. perfect gifts.

The three vary in quality (and, I might, add, quantity).

Spike’s is the most well put together of the three. You get many of his best videos, commentary by many of the artists, and a sort of running commentary by the Beastie Boys on several of the videos. The B-boys commentary is not particularly insightful, but is funny (for ex. Mike D. spends two videos trying to remember the name of “Guided By Voices”.) The B-side has three documentaries: one on the Torrance Community Dance Group, one on some would be rodeo dudes from Texas and, my favorite, a half hour documentary on Fat Lip (ex-Pharycde). The Fat Lip documentary borders on the brilliant, and I would recommend the DVD for it alone (and for the videos, which are cool as well.) I was hoping there would be some skate board video footage, but there is only one short clip.

Michel Gondry’s disc takes a more whimsical approach. He includes a seventy five minute documentary, which is cool. There are also some older videos from French acts I’ve never heard of. The inclusion of several Bjork videos is great, but since I already own her DVD collection, there is a touch of duplication (the same could be said for the other two DVD’s.)

The Chris Cunningham DVD is a disappointment and feels like a slap dash affair. There are only eight videos and the “extras” include some commercials(!) and a couple of exhibits. Bleah. I know Cunningham has done some interesting work, but it doesn’t really come across here. Oh, except for his video to “Windowlicker”, which I’d never seen before, and is rad. Also, his video for Squarepusher is tight.

It will be interesting to see who else gets a DVD in this series. Another interesting aspect to the three set is how often certain artists show up on two or three of the CD’s: Bjork (duh), Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk.
Rating: 4 / 5

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