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Work Of Chris Cunningham

Aphex Twin , Marcus Morris , Chris Cunningham , Lance Bangs    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Like the other volumes in the acclaimed Director's Series (featuring the work of Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry), The Work of Director Chris Cunningham offers a feast of visual ingenuity, with one major difference: Unlike the relatively playful brightness of Jonze and Gondry, Cunningham wants to involve you in his nightmares. From the urban monstrosities of Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy" to the limb-shattering weirdness of Leftfield's "Afrika Shox," Cunningham's music videos emphasize the freakish and the bizarre, but they are also arrestingly beautiful and otherworldly, as in the aquatic effects used for Portishead's "Only You," combining underwater movements with ominous urban landscapes. Some of Cunningham's shock effects are horrifically effective (his 'flex" video installation, excerpted here with music by Aphex Twin, is as disturbing as anything conjured by David Cronenberg), while others are cathartic or, in the case of Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker," outrageously amusing. And while the eerie elegance of Madonna's "Frozen" arose from a chaotic production, the signature work in this collection is clearly Björk's "All Is Full of Love," a masterfully simple yet breathtaking vision of intimacy involving advanced robotics and seamless CGI composites. In these and other videos, Cunningham advances a unique aesthetic, infusing each video and commercial he makes with a dark, occasionally gothic sensibility. That these frequently nightmarish visions are also infectiously hypnotic is a tribute to Cunningham's striking originality. --Jeff Shannon

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Format:DVD
To be honest I didn't find the DVD lacking at all, to consider previous concerns: the videos that are not on the DVD suck. That's the bottom line. You wouldn't want to sit through those videos and they are better left alone to be re-run late at night on MTV2. Again the clip from FLEX is far more enjoyable than the entire film, which I have seen. I think that is is far better to have a sweet taste than to have the magic wear off after 5 minutes. That is the best section of FLEX and the rest is marginal. I think that many people are missing the point of this release. It is hand picked by Cunningham and it is his choice what is to be seen of his work. We are lucky enough to even have this on the shelf or in the player. To be more specific to the concerns above, the clip for the Auteurs 'light aircraft on fire' is terrible and all the best moments are in the stills on the directors file website and in the booklet. All the other videos that are not on the DVD are as bad (good) as your friends first paintings or demo tapes, just that, rehearsals for the real thing. I must agree that the Nissan commercial is a poor addition as the original is AMAZING! The content on this thing is a short cut and even bothering to mention that the music is by Boards of Canada is a bore, I'm sorry, anyone could have made the music to that clip. The booklet is interesting although not a far cry from a glossy magazine interview and offers little to no information on the videos. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted artist June 24 2004
Format:DVD
Chris Cunningham's work combines the experimental quality of fine art with the intrigue of cinema. Wow. There is some really awesome, crazy, beautiful, tripped-out stuff in this collection. Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy" is incredibly intense, disturbing and powerful. Portishead's "Only You" is surreal, beautiful, emotional. Bjork's "All Is Full of Love" is cybersexual bliss. Madonna's "Frozen" is an arctic mystical trip. The stuff from the installations is really amazing too. What a talented artist!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best one of the Director's Series May 18 2004
Format:DVD
Wow. This left me totally speechless. Unlike Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham is all about the visuals. Part Mark Romanek (but really, really disturbing) and part Floria Sigismondi (but slightly less nightmarish and with a dark sense of humor), his music videos are more than just astonishing eye candies -- they are more like mini horror movies. I loved all the videos but the standouts are the 2 Aphex Twin videos (spooky "Come to Daddy" and twisted but hilarious "Windowlicker"), and Björk's "All is Full of Love" which is the best and most realistic CGI I have ever seen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Teaser March 24 2004
Format:DVD
Compared to the Michel Gondry DVD in the same series, this is extrememly disappointing. The book enclosed offers more information than the DVD. I was expecting a body of work, not a selection. What I saw I enjoyed, there just wasn't enough of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant cult classics! March 2 2004
By BGP
Format:DVD
Two simple words come to mind.....pure genious! Though some of the excess material (Monkey Drummer, Flex) seem to be a little too long and (dare I say this) too weird, the videos are extremely stunning. From Aphex Twin's sci-fi/horror trip "Come To Daddy" to Maddona's captivatingly gothic "Frozen," this is a peculiar dvd that will survive numerous times of extended play. Not for the squeamish, but a milestone in audio-visual production for all open-minded listeners. Innovative to an almost offensive extent.....Again, pure genious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Cunningham is Simply Amazing! Feb. 29 2004
Format:DVD
An amazing DVD to own for anyone interested in artist music videos. Most are very unique - and force you to want more. Even if you don't like the song the video is potraying (which in a lot of cases I didn't), you will still watch the videos, I guarantee it!
The highlight video in this collection is Bjork 'All is Full of Love'. Madonna 'Frozen' is quite amazing as well.
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Format:DVD
Video directors are a dime a dozen, and only few are able to distinguish themselves with any trace of personality. But Chris Cunningham is among the most talented and the most distinguished. His images are harsh, disturbing, yet elegant, and they wonderfully compliment the music these videos promote. This DVD is a collection of not only his videos, but it also has a collection of short films, commercials, and other clips. The picture quality is amazingly sharp, and the music is presented in a booming 2-channel stereo soundtrack. The highlights? Apex Twin's spooky "Come to Daddy" (banned on MTV) and the hilarious "Windowlicker" show Cunningham at the top of his game (the bleeped version of the latter video is also on this DVD, but make no mistake: my favorite is the original, cuss words and all). Drum-and-bass kings Squarepusher's "Come on My Selector" is an interesting clip set inside a Japanese psychiatric ward, and Leftfield's "Afrika Shok," which features a man who slowly dismembers himself, is quite bothersome yet well made. But one of my very favorite clips is the promo for the PlayStation video game "Mental Wealth." In this weird commercial, Cunningham features a Scottish girl whose face is eerily distorted to resemble a cross between Bjork and a space alien. It's bizarre and brilliant at the same time. Another standout is the clip "Flex" which is simply wonderful. Many complain that this isn't the full version, but I didn't care. All said, this is a hugely entertaining DVD collection for those who aren't fainthearted and have a taste for the alternative. You'll be shocked, amazed, and even disturbed, but one thing is for sure: you won't be bored.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
Always the perfectionist, Chris Cunningham probably didn't include some of his video work seen in the DVD menu, but absent in the contents, because he didn't think it was up to... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW WOW WOW
Chris Cunningham's collection of videos is the shortest one in the series (the others being The Works of Director Spike Jonze; and Michael Gondry)- only eight of them, as well as a... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by "boxingelena2000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris is brilliant
This is definitely the best among the three collections. A few people complaint it's the shortest so it's the weakest. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by darkpop
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a look despite the omissions
Cunningham's work, to say the very least, is breathtaking. It's the kind of surrealism that balances danger against the sublime. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by Il Moro di Venezia
5.0 out of 5 stars can't agree more. more FLUX, please!
I can't agree more with all this reviews. Why such a tiny piece of FLEX ?? (This piece was shown in my country and I foolishly missed it... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Flex...
I realise of course that Flex is an exhibition piece, and part of the point of conceptual/video art is to break away from commercialism... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by Joe Keenan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been Great.
This is definitely worth picking up, but it's lacking quite a few things that would have made this a worthy package like the Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry dvd. Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by nvcameron
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