11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2001
This is some of the best music of the 90's along with some of the most artistic and brilliant videos ever made.
The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most experimentle bands ever. They changed there sound with every album And went against the grain everytime making some of the most unique rock music ever.
Songs like "Tonight' Tonight" broke away from what was popular in the mid 90's and has one of the best videos ever made. "Bullet with Butterfly wings" is a gritty and angsty jaw dropping video, maybe the pumpkins best known song.
"Stand inside your love" is an amazing photogenic piece of art that gets better everytime.
This Dvd shows all these videos and more including documentarys on the videos plus live videos of other classic songs.
This Dvd is a must have for any fan of rock music.
The pumpkins are one off the greatest rock bands off all time and this Dvd shows just why that is.
YOU NEED THIS DVD!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2001
This is a very good history of one of the most under-rated bands of all time.
Most of the videos are here,only The End Is The Beginning Is The End video appears to be missing,but that is ok when you see what is on offer.
There are a multitude of extras on offer,behind the scenes on all of the videos with the option of running commentary or music.
The live stuff is cool too,very good sound throughout and the slickness of the title screens makes this a joy to watch.
The video for Untitled is different to the one being shown on MTV it is a look at the band recording the song,and it is hidden too,so have fun looking for it.
This is well worth the money,anyone who likes the band will love this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Genius! Eyecandy. This is a trip. It is quite a lot of money for one dvd, but it is a very good dvd (with the worst menu I've EVER seen)!
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2003
The videos of the Smashing Pumpkins really do show what they were doing at the times they were made.
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.
"Tonight Tonight" is a remaking of Méliès Trip to the Moon. It is really amazing visually and I believe won some music video awards. "Zero" is a really weird, twisted performance video and "1979" is a sort of more lighthearted take on films like "Kids".
Personally I think that the SPs lost their way after "Mellon Collie" but the videos for the "Ava Adore" and "Machina" albums are still worth a look. "Everlasting Gaze" is a performance video ending with the destruction of the bands equipment and "Adore" is one long pan shot of Corgan looking suspiciously like Nosferatu.
Of all my favourite things about this whole set though is the TV performance of "Geek USA". I wont say what happens but its really brilliant. As well as all of this theres a 15 minute film called "Try" directed by Jonas Ackerlund (he also directed the Progidy's "Smack My Bitch Up" video), an untitled song, the rare video to "I Am One" and a mega aggressive performance of "An Ode To No-One" from their last ever show at Chicago's Metro.
The only gripe I have about this DVD is that the Menu isnt really thast easy to navigate but you will pick it up. Its only because of the amount of extras anyway.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2003
Amazing, is it possible, every smashing pumpkin fan NEEDS this.
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!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2007
An Immaculate collection of videos that illustrates just why the Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most important and influential bands of modern times.
This DVD contains The Band's 17 Singles and 3 bonus live performances, as well as commentary by the band and outtakes from each video, that come together to give a thorough and rounded visual perspective of the band's career. The videos themselves all differ in visual style, themes, and content, and are the perfect accompaniment to the songs.
What is interesting about these videos is that for the most part, they were obviously not intended for commercial success, instead aiming at integrating the medium of film, and producing intelligent, meaningful work that would sit next to the songs comfortably. The Live songs also work to show off the bands talents as live artists.
The DVD is a worthwhile purchase because it shows how the band evolved throughout the 90s, both musically, and as multimedia icons. It is an interesting, engaging, and entertaining viewing of a band that strived to be progressive in all areas that one can be a band: Musically, visually, as a live act, as storytellers, and as icons for the alt rock generation.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2001
After The Smashing Pumpkins disbanded in December last year, hopes were high for a busy afterlife. Fans have not been disappointed: as well as a Greatest Hits and new B-sides collection, the Pumpkins have served up a collection of live recordings and all their music videos.
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2001
Following their break up almost a year ago many pumpkins fans have yearned for more SP.With this dvd we are not disappointed. Amazing transfer of the videos offer stunning picture and sound quality, with great in depth views on the making of each video by band members and production crew alike. This definitely is a must for all pumpkins, and music fans, in general. In one word 'stunning'!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2004
I can sum this Dvd up in One word superb this is one of the greatest music related dvds ever buy it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2002
They created, over the years, a genre of their own, never surpassed by anyone who dared to try. The Smashing Pumpkins have left us a series of amazingly tough, harsh, mellow and booming songs.
The DVD features (as far as I know) all officially released music clips of the band, presented in a mindstirring set of menus, each with its own piece of music. Choose between the actual clip or outtakes from the filming and decide if you want to hear the music or the band members (and/or cast) about making it.
Among the bonus material there is the incredibly impressive and heartbreaking masterpiece short film by Jonas Åkerlund, build up from the material he shot for the clip of Try, try, try.
All in all, this DVD is a very worthy closure to a great era set by Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'Arcy, Jimmy Chamberlain and Melissa Auf Der Mauer.