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Work Of Chris Cunningham

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Aphex Twin, Marcus Morris, Gary Cruz, Marcy Turner, Chiquita Martin
  • Directors: Chris Cunningham, Lance Bangs
  • Writers: Chris Cunningham
  • Producers: Anthony D'Offay, Chiara Bersi Serlini, Cindy Burnay, Cyndi Rhoades, Derrin Schlesinger
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Funimation! Unidisc
  • Release Date: Oct. 28 2003
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000DBJ9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,037 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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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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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By A Customer on Dec 28 2003
Format: DVD
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 snuff.
Unfortunately, the content of this DVD comes up short in visual material and is an overall disappointment for hardcore fans, specially considering all of the videos in the DVD can be found for free in P2P networks, including the entire (and painfully cut in the DVD) 'Flex' short.
A video interview would have been nice, but we get to see several minutes of Bjork speaking with a few seconds of the director himself.
The "53 page" booklet can be condensed to a few pages of interviews and, oh joy, you get to look at pictures of videos you will never get to see in this DVD (so, what is the point of even having the pics?)
One can get a better insight into the director's mind by reading the interviews in [...]
This is what happens when you let artists edit themselves out: A product that pleases the artist and disappoints the buyer.
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By A Customer on Dec 9 2003
Format: DVD
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 'making of' and some short extras (commercials, video excepts, etc). So if you are looking for quantity over quality for the price, you might be disappointed. Yet those who frankly appreciate the artistry of producing images that correspond comfortably with the music will unquestionably admire Cunningham's unique inspired visions. He essentially realizes his dark, hallucinatory visions so well, the compositions start to depend on their videos' shocking content, rather than the contrary.
At that, it is obligatory to point out that the artists, whose tracks Cunningham converted onto the screens, are atypical in the contemporary dominance of idolized pop music. Aphex Twin is notorious within his own fan base (IDM - Intelligent Dance Music), and has composed trippy soundscapes since he was 14. His work ranges from incomprehensive and pompous to subtle and unnerving. He can be disturbingly lyrical, but also aggressive beyond reason.
Cunningham perceives the nucleus of Aphex Twin's opuses. The '97 'Come to Daddy' video has been famously banned from day-time MTV, as well as numerous other networks. I myself saw it in Moscow at around 2 am, and understood the reason - despite lacking offensive language, graphic violence and sex, the surreal, sputtering images enhance the terror of the song to an almost-unbearable effect. Little girls, all with Richard D. James' faces? Old grandma with a pit-bull? Watch out for that sickening creature crawling out of the unplugged TV-screen!
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Cunningham's work, to say the very least, is breathtaking. It's the kind of surrealism that balances danger against the sublime. You're not quite sure if the cacophony is going to spill out of your TV like the skin & bones Richard James creature in "Come To Daddy". And then on the other hand it would be nice to have Bjork's robots spill into your life with their perfect loveliness. All these videos and shorts are amazing visions that are deeply affecting. They stay with you long after your initial viewing. I'll just chime in with everyone else and say that I was disappointed with the abbreviated "Flex" and the omission of "Back With A Killer", one of my very favourite Cunningham videos. The fact that "Killer" and the other Auteurs videos were shown in the trailer for this DVD (as were more graphic excerpts from "Flex") was a big factor in my purchasing it. I was displeased that they weren't there and actually consider this to be false advertising. Hopefully a more compleat version of this will surface one day.
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