The Work of Director-Michel Gondry (2003)
Main Menu Audio & Animation-Videos accessed in chronological order, shuffle or by artist
Featurette-I've Been Twelve Forever (2003) - Parts 2 and 1(77:05)
Short Film- La Lettre (1998) (13:57)
TV Spots-Levi's "Drugstore" ( 1:30)
TV Spots-Polaroid "Resignation" (1:02)
Short Film-One Day... (2001) (6:56)
TV Spots-Smirnoff "Smarienberg" (1:10)
TV Spots-"Lacuna Inc" (0:34)
Short Film-"Drumb and Drumber" (1:17)
Short Film-"Three Dead People" (2.51)
Short Film-"My Brother's 24th Birthday (3:57)
Short Film-"Tiny" (1:05)
Short Film-"Out Oui" Live (15:15)
Short Film-"Pecan Pie" (2003) with Jim Carrey (1:25)
Theatrical Trailer-The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2:00)
Theatrical Trailer-The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (1:07)
Credits-DVD Credits and Thanks (4:16)
Booklet-52 page book with drawings, rare photographs and interviews
|Year Of Production||2003|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Sided||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||
The Chemical Brothers
The Rolling Stones
The White Stripes
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (256Kb/s)|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||Varies|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||Varies||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The Work of Director Michel Gondry is released by Madman Entertainment and the AV Channel under the Director’s Suite label and is the third 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 Michel Gondry directed compilation does not include all of his music video and promotional directorial work, the DVD includes Gondry's most renowned and well known collaborations with Björk, The Chemical Brothers and The White Stripes. One disappointment is the absence of Radiohead’s “Knives Out” music video which was used in the trailer for this DVD. However what separates this DVD from the two previously released volumes (The Work of Director - Spike Jonze and The Work of Director - Chris Cunningham) is Gondry's hands-on approach to production, organisation and design of the DVD.
|1. Deadweight - Beck |
2. Bachelorette - Björk
3. Hyper-Ballad - Björk
4. Jóga - Björk
5. Let Forever -The Chemical Brothers
6. Star Guitar -The Chemical Brothers
7. Sugar Water - Cibo Matto
8. Around the World - Daft Punk
9. Everlong - Foo Fighters
10. Come Into My World - Kylie Minogue
11. Dead Leaves..." The White Stripes
12. Fell In Love...- The White Stripes
13. The Hardest...- TheWhite Stripes
14. Army of Me - Björk
|15. Human Behaviour - Björk |
16. Isobel - Björk
17. Je Danse Le Mia - IAM
18. La Tour de Pise-Jean François Coen
19. Lucas With the Lid Off - Lucas
20. Protection - Massive Attack
21. Bolide - Oui Oui
22. Junior Et Sa Voix D'Or - Oui Oui
23. La Ville - Oui Oui
24. Les Cailloux- Oui Oui
25. Ma Maison - Oui Oui
26. Un Joyeux Noël - Oui Oui
27. Like A Rolling..-The Rolling Stones
As with the previous DVD releases of The Director's Label Series the music videos are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame. Some of the extra feature content is 16x9 enhanced. Gondry uses both visual mediums of animation and live action in his music videos and the colours remain rich and vivid, while the action remains smooth. There is are no signs of MPEG artifacting and overall this is a pleasing transfer.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
SIDE A 2003-1996:
Michel Gondry proudly presents the DVD in front of a small audience, he then claims his intention was to have quantity over quality. There are a number of filmed introductions, so the introduction changes when the DVD is played. The menu design itself is very clever and humorous. The videos can be organized either chronologically, by artist or shuffled.
This documentary is the main extra feature and is focused on Gondry speaking with his mother and friends as well as the many artists he has successfully collaborated with. The feature also can be seamlessly branched with the corresponding music video when a small rectangle (Le Carré Blanc) appears. The conceptual ideas behind the music videos are discussed in depth. This is an excellent feature which is central to viewing and understanding the other content on the DVD.
SIDE B 1995-1987:
The documentary continues with Gondry speaking of his childhood and his fascination with Michael Jackson, rhythm and his own talent as a musician. The feature as before can be seamlessly branched with the corresponding music video when a small rectangle (Le Carré Blanc) appears. The conceptual ideas behind the music videos are discussed in depth. This is an excellent feature which is central to viewing and understanding the other content on the DVD.
Unlike the booklets featured in the previous releases the accompanying booklet is organised like an essay with rare production photographs as well as photo's of Gondry's own family. Again this is a wonderful companion to the content on the DVD and is filled with Gondry's unique perspective of the world.
The NTSC R1 and PAL R4 are identical in terms of features.
A wonderfully assembled DVD, with an excellent selection of music videos and Michel Gondry's stamp of approval. Perhaps one of the best releases in The Director's Label Series.
|DVD||Denon DVD-1910, using DVI output|
|Display||Panasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DSP-A595a - 5.1 DTS|
|Speakers||(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12|