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  • Actors: Beck, Björk, The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons
  • Directors: Adrian Scartascini, Cyril Merle, Jeff Buchanan, Lance Bangs, Michel Gondry
  • Writers: Michel Gondry, Jim Carrey
  • Producers: Adrian Scartascini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Vital
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Dec. 2003
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DK4OO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Work of Director Michel Gondry invites the lucky viewer into a wonderland of childlike imagination. Before the Versailles-born Gondry turned his creative ingenuity to feature films (beginning with the underrated Human Nature and the 2004 Jim Carrey comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), these 27 music videos and assorted "stories and things" formed a legacy of supreme cleverness, suggesting a creative lineage from the pioneering film magic of Georges Méliès to the groundbreaking experimental films of Norman McLaren.

It's perfectly fitting that the accompanying 75-minute documentary is titled "I've Been 12 Forever," because Gondry (b.1964) never lost the sense of wonder and inventiveness that children display when their minds are allowed to flourish in a creative environment. No wonder he's best known for his dazzling collaborations with Icelandic pop star Björk, resulting in music videos (seven included here) that redefined the magical potential of the medium. Each, in its own way, is a masterpiece of the fantastic.

What's also remarkable about Gondry's work is its technical progression, from the homemade crudeness of his earliest videos for the French band Oui Oui, to the technical wizardry of Kylie Minogue's "Come Into My World", in which the Australian pop star is seamlessly multiplied as she strolls around a busy Parisian intersection; like many of Gondry's videos, it's a stunning "how-did-they-do-that?" work of art, reminiscent of Zbigniew Rybcynski's prize-winning 1982 short "Tango". From the hilarious dreamworld of the Foo Fighters' most popular video "Everlong" to the painstaking pixilation of Gondry's videos for the White Stripes (one made entirely of animated Lego blocks), this DVD is packed with Gondry's tireless pursuit of perfection; he'll do whatever's necessary, no matter how simple or complex, to achieve perfect harmony between song, artist, and visual concept. All the while, he's drawing from a seemingly endless well of inspiration, as evident in the delightful 52-page booklet of stories, drawings, photos, and interviews that chronicle the eternal sunshine of a brilliant mind. --Jeff Shannon

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Simon J. Whight on 12 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
When I heard about this series I was INSTANTLY excited. Finally, the chance to get my hands on some Chris Cunningham on DVD. So that was promptly ordered on Amazon. Hoping to also have the Spike Jonze one delivered to me as a choice Chrimbo present. And then there is this one, at first I thought 'I've not heard of Michel Gondry' and it was promptly shoved to the back of the priority purchases list. HOWEVER, on wandering about town one day I noticed that this DVD has the fantastic White Stripes Fell In Love With A Girl 'lego' video on the front of it. Something I found jaw dropping. Needless to say about an hour later this had found its way into my home.
This series appears to have been created by Jonze, Cunningham and Gondry themselves so they can have an outlet 'to date' of their various works. Its much more than just a collection of music videos too. Michel's DVD spans the late 80's right up to now. You can watch his videos in artist order, chronological order or a nice randomized shuffle order ... a nice touch. The artist are all of high calibre, Bjork, White Stripes, Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, Rolling Stones and Kylie (who even waives her fee for her track & video Come Into My World to donate to the NSPCC, another reason to buy!). The videos themselves are pure art, the lego animation of White Stripes is as I said, jaw dropping. Michel knows how to tell a story with his videos, how to have a visual representation of the music for us to see on screen. Probably why our wonderful songstress Bjork has chosen him so many times to provide the visual side to songs like Joga, Bachelorette, Hyperballad and so on. What he does is literally unexplainable and something you have to see in action. Wonderous photography skills and innovative ideas that you'd never be able to see from anyone else.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. James on 21 Jan. 2004
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This is my most recent purchase in "The Work of Director" collection. I'd only really heard of Michel Gondry because of some of the Bjork videos and the Chemical Brother's Star Guitar. I bought this DVD more on the strength of the two DVD's in this series.
Having just spent the last couple of hours watching this one, it is in my opinion the best one so far. From the clever way it's packaged, to the amazing videos and the fascinating story behind Gondry, this DVD will appeal on so many levels.
It's worth the price alone for the ingenuity of Cibo Matto's Sugar Water video! This is a definite must have!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 2004
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Just watched this today and all I can say is that it's probably the most exciting dvd I've ever seen. This man has a fantastic knack of simply matching images to music. No other director exhibits such a real feel for the music - every video here totally matches the artist and the song. So many clever touches - you really have to watch some of these videos several times to 'get' all the ideas he puts into his work. In short, there is no other video director who is quite so innovative, creative, artistic and just plain damn brilliant as Michel Gondry. Buy! With 4 hours plus of footage you really can't go wrong with this. I'm thinking of buying a copy for all my friends as early Christmas presents!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By drubhsavoch on 11 May 2006
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Gondry has this wizardly combination of cool ideas and a real feeling for the music he's illuminating. Highlights for me are Beck's Deadweight - which is full of haunting and humerous images of dislocation - and Chemical Bros' Star Guitar - which perfectly maps the tune onto a hypnotic view of industrial suburbs from the window of a train.

When I play it on my PC, the DVD freezes after I select an option from the menu where he's playing drums (though you can get round this) - hence four stars instead of five.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2003
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Michel Gondry is widely acclaimed as one of the best - if not THE best - music promo directors ever.
One of his stand-out videos is "Star Guitar" for the Chemical Brothers, where the viewer is placed looking out of a train window and the landscape outside passes in time with the music. So, a tree represents a bass drum, or a bridge denotes a cymbal in the song. It's very clever, and almost hypnotic.
Another brilliant example, and perhaps one of his more famous ones, is his video for The White Stripes' "Fell In Love With A Girl" (on the DVD cover). It features Meg and Jack White, as animations using just Lego bricks. Again, totally absorbing.
Others who've requested the Gondry treatment for their music include Lenny Kravitz, Massive Attack and Daft Punk. All are excellent.
I admit I'm not totally down with his other work, like his ads for the likes of Nike and Smirnoff and short films, but just for his seminal music videos, this DVD is pretty much essential.
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By Daisy on 16 Jan. 2010
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I was lent the Chris Cunningham DVD recently, but haven't got round to watching it yet, as I find his work quite disturbing and creepy - but I then discovered that there was a series (i.e. 3!) of these DVDs, and that Michel Gondry was one of the directors, so I immediately ordered a copy, and watched all the way through as soon as I could. There's a great collection of work here - everything is so varied in style and sometimes totally mind-bending in its complexity (but also beautiful in its simplicity - if that makes sense?!). There are lots of music videos, adverts (brilliant Smirnoff one from years ago, that I hadn't even known was Michel Gondry's work), other bits and pieces, and some interviews with Gondry, his family, friends and artists with whom he's collaborated. I thought the part of the interview on side A was more interesting than the part on side B, but the DVD is totally worth buying to be able to watch over and over again. I'll probably order the Spike Jonze one soon, and hope to psych myself up to watching the Chris Cunningham one too! Highly recommended, great fun, inspiring - it's a shame I didn't know about it sooner!
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