on 21 January 2007
I don't have this DVD, but it's been reviewed on Amazon.com and one of the reviewers there has helpfully included a track listing, so I'm copying it here for reference.
1. Fat (parody of Bad by Michael Jackson)
2. Amish Paradise (parody of Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio)
3. It's All About the Pentiums (parody of It's All About The Benjamins by Puff Daddy)
4. Smells Like Nirvana (parody of Smells Like Teen Spirit)
5. You Don't Love Me Anymore
6. Bedrock Anthem (parody of Red Hot Chili Peppers)
7. Gump (parody of Lump by The Presidents of the United States of America)
8. Jurassic Park (parody of MacArthur Park by Richard Harris)
9. Headline News (parody of Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm by Crash Test Dummies)
10. Dare to Be Stupid
11. Eat It (parody of Beat It by Michael Jackson)
12. Like a Surgeon (parody of Like A Virgin by Madonna)
14. Money For Nothing / Beverly Hillbillies (parody of Money For Nothing by Dire Straits)
15. One More Minute
16. I Lost On Jeopardy (parody of Jeopardy by Greg Kihn)
17. This Is the Life (from the film Johnny Dangerously)
18. Living With a Hernia (parody of Living In America by James Brown)
19. Spy Hard
20. Ricky (parody of Mickey by Toni Basil)
21. Christmas at Ground Zero
22. I Love Rocky Road (parody of I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts)
23. Bob (homage to Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan)
24. The Saga Begins (parody of American Pie by Don McLean)
See http:[...] for more information about this DVD.
As for Weird Al in general, I find his parodies of pop songs highly entertaining. Although parodies of books (such as Barry Trotter and the like) seem to get boring beyond the first two pages, Weird Al not only has the advantage that each track is only three minutes long, but also is actually funny, and every other line will induce a chuckle. When he makes a music video, it's usually both the audio and the video that are parodies of the originals, and I will sometimes spend an hour trying to see if I can find Wierd Al videos and their originals on YouTube, and watch the originals solely in order to appreciate the parodies. But you probably have to be "well-read" (as it were) in the pop music parodied here in order to get the best out of this album.
on 22 August 2008
Great DVD. from the King of Parodies, Contains almost every video he's ever made.
List and Description of The Videos-
1.Fat- Parody of ''Bad'' By Michael Jackson, Shot on 3/12/88
This grammy award winning Video was shot on a culver city soundstage on a subway set donated by Michael Jackson himself. For this video Al's make-up nearly took 3 hours to apply.
2.Amish Paradise- Parody of ''Gangstas Paradise'' by Coolio shot in Febuary of 96 with appearances by Florence Henderson who plays the Michelle Pfeiffer role in this tale of life on the mean streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. One shot in this required Al to phonetically sing the lyrics backwards while walking in reverse through a busy barnyard.
3.It's All About The Pentiums, Parody of ''It's all about the Benjamins'' By Puffy Daddy Video shot in July of 99, this video features cameos by two of the funniest people in the world-, Emo Phillips and Drew Carey.
4.Smells like Nirvana- 1992- Parody of ''Smells like Teen Spirit'' By Nirava, Rolling Stone put this on their list of the top 100 Videos of All Time & Al was nominated for best male performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. This video also used the same janitor as in the video Smells like Teen spirit. Dick Van Patten also turns in a stellar performance.
5.You Dont Love me Anymore- 1992, This song is an Al Original although the video was closely modeled after ''More than Words'' by Extreme.
6.Bedrock Anthem- Parody of Under the Bridge and Give it Away by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shot in 93- This video was shot on the same exact patch of dessert as the original. The Bee Girl from the Blind Melon video makes an appearance, as does Al's Aunt Dot.
7.Gump- Parody of ''Lump'' by The Presidents Of The United States Of America shot in April Of 1996, Al tells the complete story of Forrest Gump In under 2 minutes. Pat Boone appears in a bench cameo.
8.Jurassic Park, Airing October 93, Parody of ''MacArthur Park'' by Richard Harris-This video went on to be nominated for a Grammy and is still a big favorite in animation festivals around the world.
9.Headline News- parody of ''Mmmm,Mmmm,Mmmm,Mmmm'' by the Crash Test Dummies aired in Oct of 94 and set the legends of John Wayne Bobbitt, Tonya Harding and Singapore Caning victim Michael Fay to the tune of 1994's most hummable hit.
10.Dare To Be Stupid- Although an original composition, 1985's ''Dare to be Stupid'' is a homage to the group Devo, as well as, of course, Al's Motto in Life. I have to say this video is brilliant. This is one of my favorite Weird Al Videos. It incorporates Devo style with Weird Als Genius.
11.Eat It- Febuary of 1984, Parody of '' Beat It'' by Michael Jackson. Al's Grammy Award Winning Parody ''Eat It'' was an immediate international success.
12.Like A Surgeon, Parody of Madonna's '' Like A Virgin'' filmed in March of 85, this video was filmed in an actual hospital that had gone out of business. This, along with the videos ''Dare to be Stupid'' & One More Minute were done as part of a home-video release and television special called '' The Compleat Al''.
13.UHF, shot in June 1989- The video shot for the Original Themesong from Al's Movie was perhaps his most ambitious to date. Al and his band parody in order: Guns n Roses, George Michael, Robert Palmer, Prince, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, ZZ Top, Billy Idol, The Beatles, INXS & Randy Newman. Also features guest appearances like Michael Richards & more.
14.Money For Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies- Parody of Money For Nothin' by Dire Straits shot in January of 1989 and was also the centerpiece of Al's Movie UHF, This video features the computer animation of Rick Morris.
15.One More Minute, 1985- This original sick and twisted Elvis like Doo-Wop love ballad has become a perenial favorite among the relationship impaired. Al's long time band members Jim West, Steve Jay and Jon ''Bermuda'' Schwartz supply the cheesy choreography. Also watch for Al ripping up a picture of the woman who inspired the song.
16.I Lost On Jeopardy, Parody of Jeopardy by Greg Kihn, shot in 1984, is a nostalgic tribute to the old Jeopardy game show. Cameos by original host Art Fleming & original show announcer Don Pardo. Al's mentor Dr. Demento, Al's real parents and Greg Kihn himself.
17.This is the Life- filmed in 84 its a 1930's flavored original and was the theme song for the 1930s gangster spoof ''Johnny Dangerously'' with Micheal Keaton and Danny Devito.
18.Living With A Hernia, Parody of ''Living In America'' by James Brown. Filmd in 86 this parody was shot on the same stage where the Godfather Of Soul shot his scenes for Rocky IV.
19.Spy Hard- Al's third movie theme was the title song from Hollywood Pictures action Spoof Spy Hard starring Leslie Nielson. Shot in 96.
20.Ricky- Parody of ''Mickey'' by Toni Basil, Filmed in April of 83, this one was Al's Music Video Debut. This was arguably the first comedy video ever shown on MTV.
21.Christmas At Ground Zero- This cheery Phil Spector inspired original tune about death, destruction and the end of the world was largely banned by broadcasters, that somehow decided it was a tad morbid to play a song about nuclear annihiliation during the Holidays. A compilation of cold war era scare tactic footage is capped by a live-action shot filmed in the Bronx. Airdate. November 21, 1986.
22.I Love Rocky Road, June of 1983, A Parody of Joan Jett's ''I Love Rock-n-Roll is a tribute to Al's favorite Ice Cream Flavor.
23.Bob- Shot in June of 2003, This is a homage to Bob Dylan's ''Subterranean Homesick Blues'' video Which was part of the Documentary Dont Look Back. Filmed in an alley in downtown L.A. It was shot as part of an ''AL-TV'' special that aired on VH1 10 Days Later.
24.The Saga Begins- Aired June 1999, A Parody of Don Mclean's ''American Pie'' is an MTV Unplugged take-off on Star Wars- Episode 1, The Phantom Menace. Shot in a blistering Hot Mojave Desert & a comfy air conditioned soundstage in North Hollywood California.
Special Features- Extras Include clips from the Weird Al Show, a rare 1981 performance clip from NBC's The Tomorrow Show, a photo gallery and on-screen lyrics option!!!
I also hear theres a hidden Easter Egg on the Special Features Section, Highlight ''Weird Al'', then press up and youll be treated to the video ''My Bologna''.
Overall, great collection of episodes and highly recommended to any Weird Al Fan or anyone who just likes to laugh and enjoys good comedy.
on 12 November 2014
Through no fault of its own this DVD is a bit of a let down. Its simply because it was released over 10 years ago and Weird Al's recent work is some of his best work and it's missing from this DVD. However, that being said, there are some real classics on this disc such as "The Saga Begins", "Living with a Hernia", "Beverly Hillbillies", "Gump", "Headline News" and "Bedrock Anthem".
The image quality is not up to modern standards though that could be due to it being in NTSC format, though the sound is fairly good. Extra's are a little meagre though there are Lyric subtittles which are great both for people for whom English is not a first language, or for those who just want to join in (my kids loved this).
A big plus though is the DVD is region free, a feature that should be universal by now in this age of online video viewing that makes DVD zoning just plain stupid. I do hope another DVD is released of his more recent work as that one, if it also included his best older work as extras, would be a cracking buy.
on 3 November 2009
This 24 video collection is a must for Al fans old and new. The classics are here, such as "Eat It" (parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson) and "Fat" (both Grammy award winning videos), plus hilarious videos such as "Amish Paradise" (a parody of "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio), "Smells Like Nirvana", "You Don't Love Me Anymore", "Bedrock Anthem", "Jurassic Park", "Bob", "The Saga Begins", plus many more! Al proves his talent for musical comedy is unsurpassed, performing, with the aid of his incredible band, a side-splitting series of musical parodies that show just how multi-talented he is as a vocalist, songwriter, performer and video director. This is a video collection guaranteed to make you smile, in a time when most people need a good laugh.
Special features include clips from "The Weird Al Show", a rare 1981 performance from "The Tomorrow Show", a cool photo gallery, on screen lyrics and an Easter Egg found by using the up arrow in the Extras section! Do yourself a favor! - Buy this ultimate video collection and party "like it's 1699!" :-)
on 14 November 2008
Unfortunately, this is no longer the Ultimate Video Collection. I guess we'll have to wait until "Weird Al" retires or dies for that. However, if you get this and his latest album Straight Outta Lynwood, you'll have a fantastic collection of songs and videos that will keep you entertained and amused for a very long time.
Most of the songs on here are parodies. They cover lots of different styles of music - folky, pop, rap, soul, rock and grunge. And Weird Al nails every single one. A superb musician, singer and arranger. This man should be huge here in the UK but for some reason, he's not. I don't know why.
Buy this. It's brilliant. And so cheap!!