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On the DVD: Due to the extensive number of bonus features available with each video (including commentaries, outtakes and behind the scenes footage), the initial selection process is far from straightforward, which is why the title menu includes a Help option to guide the viewer through the complex procedure. DVD-ROM users can also access exclusive Smashing Pumpkin art.--John Galilee
Pumpkins videos are works of art. This dvd is about the Pumpkins videos. How can it not be good? It is exactly what it says: a collection containing the videos, including outtakes and interviews about the making of the videos. This one has a place in my "Best of" section. It transcends Pumpkins-fandom. (That means you will probably like it even if you are not a Pumpkin fan). Expensive, but worth it.
The early videos such as "Siva" and "Rhinocerous" are really cool, innovative, low budget videos that alternate between performance and conceptual. As stated on the commentary, the Pumpkins were going for loud guitars, '60s psychedelia and Corgan acts the spitting image of Jim Morrisson.
Moving into the "Siamese Dream" era, these videos are more mainstream MTV friendly and less arty than the "Gish" ones. However, "Cherub Rock" retains the really cool, low budget, innovative look of the "Gish" promos.
"Cherub Rock" is actually one of my all time favourite videos, it features the band performing in a forest at night with flashes illuminating them. It looks like something out of a dream, and contains some really cool visual effects like the cracked wood visual (you'll see what I mean when you see it). Check out Corgan's "Crucified Jesus Christ" pose, he looks like the coolest rock star you will ever see.
The other "Siamese Dream" promos are very clean looking by comparison, "Disarm" is shot completely in glorious black and white and "Rocket" tells the story of a bunch of kids building a rocket ship to go to the moon (when they get there, checkout the old Chamberlain). "Today" is one of my favourite SP songs and the video is brilliant, its Corgan dressed as an ice cream man driving through the desert.
With the "Mellon Collie" videos, the budget shoots through the roof. "Bullet With Butterflywings" is the closest the SPs ever got to a traditional MTV rock video, its a performance in a dugout hilltop with thousands of extras. The commentary explains the making of the video, and the violence that was brewing up on the set.Read more ›
All! of the smashing pumpkins videos all in one place. This dvd was the first dvd ive ever bought and ive had no regrets. You not only get every single pumpkins video ever made, but also several live videos, and bonus untitled video that takes you on a tour of pumpkins recording studios and AND you hear the directors of each video give a detailed description of the video with band commentary included.
This isnt just for pumpkins mad fans but also those that need an introduction to the pumpkins as most of the videos are correlated to the greatest hits music cd, you not only get the cd ( but not judas the bonus disc) but also the videos.
Great value for money and it works without any problems- the only 2 drawbacks are youll want everything else the pumpkins have released once youve fallen for them and darcy doesnt add to the commentary which is disappointing.
The greatest music video collection from the greatest rock band of the 90's all in one place!!!!
From the the grandeur of Tonight, Tonight and the comedy of Today to the harrowing Try, Try, Try, each video offers something special, especially for die-hard fans. It brings together the videos we could have been seeing every day on MTV were it not for modern pop.
Better still: after selecting a song, we have the option of either watching the video or watching the directors discuss the clip, as well as hearing running commentry or seeing special features.
To top it off, included are two live songs, including a recording of An Ode To No One from the last ever gig, and a short film by Jonas Akerlund.
The DVD pays a fitting tribute to a truly great band. A must for true fans, but something for everyone too.