The Work of Director-Michel Gondry (2003)

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Released 6-Dec-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music 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
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2003
Running Time 100:30
RSDL / Flipper Dual Sided Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Michel Gondry
Lance Bangs
Olivier Gondry
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring Michel Gondry
Akhenaton
Patricia Arquette
Thomas Bangalter
Beck
Jean-Michel Bernard
Björk
Jim Carrey
The Chemical Brothers
Foo Fighters
The Rolling Stones
Daft Punk
The White Stripes
Case Amaray-Transparent-S/C-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music Michel Gondry


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (256Kb/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 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.

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Track Listing

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

Transfer Quality

Video

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.

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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

SIDE A 2003-1996:

Main Menu Introduction and Audio & Animation

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.

I've Been Twelve Forever (2003) – Part 2 –The Later Years: My Mother (35.58)

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.

Stories and Things

La Lettre (1998) (13:57)

Levi's "Drugstore" ( 1:30)

Polaroid "Resignation" (1:02)

One Day... (2001) (6:56)

Smirnoff "Smarienberg" (1:10)

"Lacuna Inc" (0:34)

SIDE B 1995-1987:

I've Been Twelve Forever (2003) – Part 1 – The Early Years: My Father (41:47)

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.

Stories and Things

"Drumb and Drumber" (1:17)

"Three Dead People" (2.51)

"My Brother's 24th Birthday" (3:57)

"Tiny" (1:05)

"Out Oui" Live (15:15)

"Pecan Pie" (2003) with Jim Carrey (1:25)

The Work of Director Spike Jonze (2:00)

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham (1:07)

DVD Credits and Thanks (4:16)

Booklet - " I've been twelve forever"

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.

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

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.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Friday, February 02, 2007
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-1910, using DVI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha 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

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