Director's Label Box Set 2

Director's Label Box Set 2

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Cast: Anton Corbijn, Jonathan Glazer, Mark Romanek, Stéphane Sednaoui


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
If the filmmakers featured in the first Director's Label box set -- Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Chris Cunningham -- are the envelope pushers, this second set brings out the big guns, makers of some of the most familiar pop-culture imagery of the past few decades. Anton Corbijn, who is probably as well known as a rock photographer, has been making videos since nearly the beginning of the medium. While his almost exclusively black-and-white work with Echo & the Bunnymen, U2, and Depeche Mode helped define both Corbijn and those bands in the '80s, it's the oversaturated color -- colorized from black-and-white, actually -- he used in Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" video for which he may be best known. Other classic Corbijn clips featured here are the Rollins Band's "Liar," the spaghetti-western fantasy that is Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," and Joy Division's haunting "Atmosphere." Stéphane Sednaoui also got his start in photography, although filmmaking remained his first love. After directing a couple of videos for French rappers NTM (one of which, "Le Monde de Demain," is included here), he hit MTV pay dirt with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 breakthrough, "Give It Away." There is no doubt that the striking clip, featuring the band members painted silver in the middle of the desert, was fundamental in launching the Chili Peppers as one of the 90s' most successful bands. With that, only his fourth job, Sednaoui became the hottest director of the time, and he went on to create such memorable clips as Björk's "Big Time Sensuality" (which had her dancing around Manhattan on the back of a flatbed truck), U2's Moroccan-shot "Mysterious Ways," and Alanis Morissette's "Ironic." Undoubtably the most successful of the four filmmakers featured in this second Director's Label set is Mark Romanek, whose unique combination of creative sensibility and commercial savvy has resulted in an astounding resume: There's the monkey on a crucifix and palpable decay of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer"; Fiona Apple's seamy, sexy "Criminal," which plays like party Polaroids come to life; Michael and Janet Jackson's Kubrick-inspired "Scream"; the Midnight Cowboy-meets-Truffaut clip for Beck's "Devil's Haircut." Remarkably, Romanek's hit list goes on, from the visceral bravura of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" to the frail, heartbreaking video for Johnny Cash's "Hurt." The Director's Label set concludes with Jonathan Glazer, who hasn't achieved as much commercial success as the other three but may be the biggest talent of them all. His best-known video by far is Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity," an unforgettable, how'd-they-do-that clip featuring a couch as singer Jay Kay's dance partner. Equally impressive are Glazer's lesser-seen videos for UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights," Radiohead's "Karma Police" and "Street Spirit," Blur's "The Universal," and Nick Cave's "Into My Arms." Also included on Glazer's disc are many of his award-winning television commercials (the Guinness ad, "Surfer," is a knockout) and clips from his two feature films -- Sexy Beast and Birth. All four discs feature commentary from the artists and directors, 56-page books with interviews and exclusive art, and more. The Director's Label series is truly using DVD as a new medium, and as much as there is to digest here, their third set is already eagerly anticipated.

Product Details

Release Date:
Palm Pictures / Umvd
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Special Features

Beck and Dave Grohl MTV promos; U2 the making of Electrical Storm; Some yo yo stuff; Travis - Love Will Come Through; Depeche Mode - It's No Good tour projections; Palais Schaumberg; Front 242 - Front by Front; NotNa - a documentary about Anton; Interviews and commentaries; 56 page booklets; Commercials and film excerpts; Tramp - Paul Kaye; The Work of Director Mark Romanek; Romanekian; Making of 99 Problems; Walk on the Wild Side; Army of Me - animation inspired by Björk's song; Acqua Natasa; Reve Reche; 34 Minutes and 29 Seconds of Interviews; Stéphane's presentation at NYU Film School

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Anton Corbijn
1. Propoganda: Dr. Mabuse [4:32]
2. David Sylvian: Red Guitar [4:44]
3. Echo and the Bunnymen: Seven Seas [3:26]
4. Golden Earring: Quiet Eyes [4:46]
5. Echo and the Bunnymen: The Game [4:07]
6. Depeche Mode: Behind the Wheel [5:17]
7. Joy Division: Atmosphere [4:33]
8. Joni Mitchell W/ Peter Gabriel: My Secret Place [5:01]
9. Depeche Mode: Enjoy the Silence [4:32]
10. U2: One [4:43]
11. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Straight to You [4:35]
12. Depeche Mode: Walking in My Shoes [5:00]
13. Nirvana: Heart Shaped Box [4:44]
14. Henry Rollins: Liar [4:51]
15. Metallica: Hero of the Day [4:31]
16. Metallica: Mama Said [4:52]
17. Depeche Mode: Barrel of a Gun [5:26]
18. Depeche Mode: It's No Good [4:16]
19. Herbert Grönemeyer: Bleibt Alles Anders [4:39]
20. Mercury Rev: Opus 40 [3:35]
21. Mercury Rev: Goddess on a Hiway [4:17]
22. Joseph Arthur: In the Sun [4:10]
23. Herbert Grönemeyer: Mensch [3:59]
24. U2: Electrical Storm [4:33]
25. TravisL Re-Offender [3:53]
26. The Killers: All These Things That I've Done [4:39]
Disc #3 -- Mark Romanek
1. Play [4:18]
2. Play [3:01]
3. Play [4:37]
4. Play [3:51]
5. Play [4:05]
6. Play [4:12]
7. Play [3:32]
8. Play [4:12]
9. Play [4:25]
10. Play [4:11]
11. Play [3:14]
12. Play [4:08]
13. Play [3:41]
14. Play [4:26]
15. Play [4:48]
16. Play [4:26]
17. Play [3:51]
18. Play [2:51]
19. Play [4:40]
20. Play [4:03]
21. Play [4:35]
22. Play [3:34]
23. Play [3:55]
24. Play [4:13]
25. Play [3:59]
Disc #4 -- Stéphane Sednaoui
1. Alanis Morissette - Ironic [4:55]
2. Björk - Big Time Sensuality [3:34]
3. Björk - Big Time Sensuality (Night) [3:42]
4. Björk - Possibly Maybe [5:00]
5. Black Crowes - Sometimes Salvation [4:29]
6. Garbage - Queer [4:04]
7. Massive Attack - Sly [4:07]
8. Mirwais - Disco Science [4:51]
9. Mirwais - I Can't Wait [5:13]
10. NTM - Le Monde De Demain [4:30]
11. R.E.M. - Lotus [5:16]
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Give It Away [3:53]
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue [4:32]
14. Tricky - For Real [4:25]
15. Tricky - Hell is Around the Corner [5:44]
16. Tricky - Pumpkin [3:40]
17. U2 - Discotheque [4:06]
18. U2 - Mysterious Ways [3:20]
19. Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry - Seven Seconds [5:13]
20. Video Credits [:04]

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