The Work of Director-Chris Cunningham (2003)

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Released 6-Dec-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Short Film-'Monkey Drummer' feat. music by Aphex Twin
Short Film-'Flex' - Excerpt from video installation
TV Spots-'Mental Wealth' - Sony Playstation commercial
Unseen Footage-'Photocopier' - Unseen Levis commercial
TV Spots-'Nissan' Commerical feat. music by Boards of Canada
Music Video-'Windowlicker' - Censored version
Featurette-Making Of-Making of "All is Full of Love"
Booklet-52 Page Book - Photographs, Storyboards and Interviews
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 45:11
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Chris Cunningham
Lance Bangs
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Carl Antolin
Aphex Twin
Sigtryggur Baldursson
Robert Ball
Stephen Ball
Afrika Bambaataa
William Baraket
Björk
Gary Cruz
Chris Cunningham
Brian Friedman
Beth Gibbons
Madonna
Case Amaray-Transparent-S/C-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music Aphex Twin
Authechre
Björk


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio Varies
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham is released by Madman Entertainment and the AV Channel under the Director’s Suite label and is the second volume of The Directors Label Series which was originally released in Region 4 by Palm Pictures, Kaleidoscope Film and DVD and Shock Records in August 2004.

Palm Pictures have produced the music video compilation with affection and care and while the Chris Cunningham directed compilation does not include all of his music video directorial work, the DVD includes Cunningham’s most renowned and well known collaborations with Autechre, Aphex Twin, Björk, Portishead and Madonna.

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Track Listing

1. Second Bad Vilbel - Autechre
2. Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
3. Only You - Portishead
4. Frozen - Madonna
5. Afrika Shox - Leftfield
6. Come On My Selector - Squarepusher
7. Windowlicker - Aphex Twin
8. All Is Full of Love - Björk

Transfer Quality

Video

The aspect ratios of the music videos vary from 1.33:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1, however no content on the DVD is 16x9 enhanced. British director Chris Cunningham is also a video artist and his work often utilises cold blue and grey ('Come to Daddy' by Aphex Twin) and often his videos have a pristine, almost unrealistic quality about them ('Windowlicker' by Aphex Twin). Each video has been well presented and there are no issues of MPEG compression artefacts, although mild aliasing was briefly evident. Overall an excellent transfer and English subtitles for ‘Come On My Selector’ by Squarepusher are burnt onto the print.

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Audio

The single audio soundtrack is Dolby Digital 2.0 and it is sharp and perfectly accompanies the music videos. There are no faults with this soundtrack.

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Extras

Main Menu Audio and Animation

The main menu has been co-designed by Cunningham and features one of thematic concerns found extensively in Cunningham's work - Man vs. Machine. Also the menu features the arrhythmic editing which is a frequent fixture of a Cunningham music video. The menu is well designed and is easy to navigate. Music videos can be accessed individually or can be viewed as a main feature. The only disappointment is the menu features sequences of music videos which do not appear on the DVD itself.

Making of "All is Full of Love" (7:30)

Rare interviews with both Björk and Cunningham discussing the concept for the music video edited with behind the scenes footage.

'Monkey Drummer’ video installation featuring music by Aphex Twin (2:26)

Flex' - Excerpt from video installation (3:27)

Mental Wealth' - Sony Playstation commercial (0:41)

'Photocopier' - Unseen Levis commercial (0:28)

Nissan' Commercial feat. music by Boards of Canada (2:21)

'Windowlicker' by Aphex Twin (Censored version) (8:27)

Trailers

Rubber Johnny (1:00) - Preview of Cunningham’s 2005 experimental short film.

The Work of Director - Spike Jonze

The Work of Director - Michel Gondry

Booklet

A nice companion to the DVD which features rare photographs, concept art and storyboards and also an interview with Cunningham discussing his successful career. The book also contains images from other Cunningham directed videos which are not included on the DVD release.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

The NTSC R1 and PAL R4 are identical in terms of features.

Summary

The second volume of The Director's Label series does not contain the the wealth of extras found on the first volume (The Work of Director - Spike Jonze ), however the small selection of Cunningham's directorial work is confronting and fascinating and the DVD has been beautifully presented. In this case less is more.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Thursday, February 01, 2007
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