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  • Actors: Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Rhys Ifans, Space Invader
  • Producers: Jaimie D'Cruz, James Gay-Rees
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CFAGX6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,689 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The world's first street art disaster movie, this DVD [Blu-ray] contains exclusive 2D GLASSES, STICKERS, DELTED SCENES, ARTWORK and TWO NEW SHORT FILMS. Exit Through The Gift Shop is the groundbreaking film from Banksy the world's most famous graffiti artist; a global phenomenon with a fiercely guarded anonymity. Capturing the exhilarating behind-the-scenes world of graffiti art, an eccentric Frenchman tries to film and befriend Banksy, only for the artist to turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Featuring exclusive footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many more of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work, Exit Through The Gift Shop is the hilarious true story of low-level criminality, companionship and incompetence. The story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.


Like his street art, Banksy's documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop is a prank comment that at times provokes some serious thought. It tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French-born Los Angeles fashion designer employed within the street-art community to film it at work: scaling industrial sites, wallpapering concrete structures or stencilling cutesy tags on military barriers. As with every scenester, Guetta has artistic ambitions of his own and, with some charitable encouragement from Banksy, duly gives himself an edgy nickname (Mr. Brainwash) and heads for the bright lights of the art elite--announcing his arrival with a ritzy and well-attended LA showcase. Except Guetta's installation is wildly derivative, relentlessly duplicating pop-cultural icons and product packaging as if centuries of artistic evolution had suddenly dropped dead at Andy Warhol. There is a sizeable question-mark placed over the figure of Guetta, and it is up to the viewer to decide if he is real or if the whole movie is another of Banksy's artistic subversions. If fake, the fictional biography of Mr. Brainwash is a useful way to showcase the footage of the guerrilla methods of relevant street artists like Shepard Fairey and Banksy himself. If he's real, then Guetta is an equally convenient illustration of the distinction between genuine art and art lovers--and the legion of hucksters, hipsters, posers and parasites that breed in their shadow. --Leo Batchelor

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By VierasTalo on 1 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
In 1999, Thierry Guetta was a mild-mannered clothing store owner who had developed quite an obsession with filming everything in sight. He liked to do this in order to essentially validate his own existence. Transforming his life into film made him feel as if he existed, something he felt left out of as a child when he was not made aware of his mothers deadly illness until it took her life. That year marked a change in Thierry's life though. His cousin, under the pseudonym Invader, made and planted several 8-bit inspired mosaics made out of discarded Rubic's Cubes around town. One day Guetta joined him, and he never stopped filming again. For the last ten years, Guetta built up reputation amongst the street artists of the world. He was allowed to film them all at work because he claimed to be making a documentary.

The truth, however, was completely different. Guetta had hundreds upon hundreds of tapes, all tucked neatly away in giant boxes inside his garage. He never intended to make a documentary. He just wanted to feel like he was alive. Hanging out with a group of individuals who the society had labeled criminals for vandalism, running across rooftops at night and putting up posters was the best way for him to feel alive. I don't believe he would've even needed the camera any more. Guetta still had one dream though. He wanted to film the elusive street artist named Banksy in action. The two met and befriended each other, and eventually Banksy left Thierry to edit the documentary he had been telling everyone would blow their minds.

Six months later he had finished the documentary. Thierry describes his film making method to be almost like a lottery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Thierry has an obsession - he takes his camcorder with him everywhere. He captures every moment of his waking life on videotape. It's something his family have got used to and a hobby which took him on an adventure when he visited his cousin who turned out to be a street artist. Thierry followed his cousin 'Invader' as he applied his art (handmade mosaics of classic video game icons [such as Pacman ghosts and Space Invaders]). Thierry now had a focus for his filming, something specific he could capture.

After filming 'Invader' he found himself a welcome guest to the underground street art movement and filmed many prolific artists who were largely anonymous and overlooked except by those aware of their work. During this period street artists were becoming more and more influential as their work seeped into the mainstream. Thierry's role was to video the art being created and he said his aim was to use the footage as part of a documentary film about the artists and their work - Banksy himself says that "street art has a short lifespan, so it needed documenting", Thierry was there to assist the art to live beyond buildings and structures on which they existed. No documentary would be complete without Banksy though, but the secretive and most illustrious of street artists eluded any attempts to film him - until Thierry received a call asking him to work with the globally renowned enigma.

It's clear in this film that Thierry is in awe of Banksy, he likens him to Robin Hood and it's a great comparison - after all; Banksy is liberating art and ensuring that it isn't a folly of the rich, instead it is something which everyone can enjoy no matter what their background or politics.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gerard O'Doherty on 13 July 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Whether ETTGS is authentic or not is largely irrelevant. If it is, it's a great story. If it isn't, it's a work of near-genius. Either way, the same point is made: that for every clash there's an alarm. For every Motörhead there's a million t-shirts worn by folk who just like the design and don't give a trap about authenticness.

It's probably far too early to say whether Exit Through The Gift Shop [DVD] is going to end up being seen as a classic piece of documentary-making, and fair enough. I mean, who knew that This Is Spinal Tap [Single Disc Version] [DVD] would endure, and inspire decades after release? It was only a bit of fun after all. And of course still is.

ETTGS could do with more of a context though. You get some stuff about [Space] Invader, the French artist who put individual Space Invader mosaics on the walls of Paris and elsewhere (before or after Michael Diamond's X-Large knitted them onto jumpers? You tell me...) and Shepard Fairey, creator of the ubiquitous Obama 'Hope' poster. But where is the roughly contemporary Paul Insect? Or the orginator, the Model 500 of street art, Xavier Prou? The latter should have had a part in this long narrative for his Magic Juan ability to create something new, something that people on sofas on other planets in the rain would sit back and wonder: where did this power come from? In light years' time.

This film has nothing in it about whoever Banksy may be - the voice is disguised (in a quite annoying way, really) and the face is blanked (and there's no subtitle option on the DVD).
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