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    1. The Directors - The Essential DVD Collection
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    22 profiles of Hollywood's most highly acclaimed directors, assembled in a specially designed "clapper board" display box. Titles include Robert Altman, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Barry Levinson, Sydney Pollack, Rob Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and more... ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Directors Series
    This series is fascinating for filmmakers as well as people that simply enjoy movies. It takes you on an indepth journey with 22 feature film directors as viewed through their eyes as well as famous actors that they have worked with. As in any documentary setting, the editions vary in quality, but the good ones make the purchase well worth while. In particular I enjoyed the interviews with: Ron Howard, John McTiernan, Steven Speilberg, Milos Foreman, and Joel Schumacher. These interviews expand the viewers horizons and allow them to get an inside look at the successes and failures that each feature director has experienced. Well worth the purchase...

    5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest gift....
    I own 5 of the titles in this collection and find them all really interesting from a film history and entertainment point of view. My favorite is Spielberg. That said, I recently needed a gift for someone who is a major major film buff, and I got this for him and he loves it. Not only do the DVD's make him smile, but the box itself is stupendous and looks amazing on his shelf (impresses the visitors:)

    Sure wish someone would spend this kind of money on me:) ... Read more


    2. Director's Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry
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    This special Collector’s Edition Box Set includes the 3 Director’s Label DVDs (The Work of Director Spike Jonze, The Work of Director Chris Cunningham and The Work of Director Michel Gondry - each accompanied by their individual 52-page books), a bonus DVD featuring new work from Spike and Michel and a collectible, double-sided poster featuring an original "exquisite corpse" illustration by all three directors on one side and an exclusive design by Chris Cunningham on the other.

    The bonus DVD contains:
    · Rarely seen music videos directed by Jonze for Weezer and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    · Spike Jonze’s short film excerpt, Invisible Boards
    · Michel Gondry’s original short, Ossamuch! - Kishu & Co. and video for The Willowz
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD idea in a long time!
    Spike Jonze may be the best known of the 3, but it's worth getting the trio for Cunningham and Gondry's discs. This whole set is amazing and well put-together. Best conversation piece in years!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Gift for the Music Video Lover
    This review applies to the DVD titled The Work of Director Michael Gondry.

    If you enjoy watching music videos, this is one DVD you may wish to add to your collection. I bought it because I have always enjoyed watching the music videos for Daft Punk's "Around the World," and Lucas' "Lucas with the Lid Off". However, this collection not only includes these entertaining videos, but it also includes some other very creative ones as well, namely The Chemical Brother's "Let Forever Be" and Kylie Minogue's "Come into My World".

    What is great about this DVD is that you can repeatedly watch these videos and still find something fun about them. You might often find yourself asking, "How did they do that?" I like to play this DVD when having parties because inevitably, someone will ask "What DVD is this?" or say "I have always loved this video!"

    Add this DVD to your collection today so that you can watch these wonderful videos whenever you desire, not when your favorite music channel elects to play them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "Works" worth having
    Three unique directors. Three collections of music videos, documentaries, and other tidbits about those directors. Three DVDs in the "Director's Series - the Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry" collection, a wild and wonderful look through three warped funhouse mirrors.

    Spike Jonze (who directed "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation") is presented in less cinematic glory. Several videos are collected here, such as the jazzy Bjork "It's Oh So Quiet," the hysterical Beastie Boys spoof "Sabotage," and the pyrotechnic man-on-fire of Wax's "California." There are also documentaries, such as a funny look at a former Pharcyde member called "What's Up, Fatlip?", and an endearing look at a dance company.

    Chris Cunningham shoots in a slightly different direction: He did Bjork music videos too (the CGI-infused "All is Full of Love"), but also the ethereal underwater "Only You" by Portishead, Madonna's coldly alluring "Frozen," and the hilarious, acid-laced Aphex Twin's "Windowlicker." We also get his commercials (for Nissan and Playstation among others), including some that have never been seen before.

    And Michel Gondry (director of the wonderful "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Human Nature") rounds off the collection. Music videos include his wildly amusing "Hardest Button To Button" White Stripes video, where everything is made of Legos, the wonderfully jerky Chemical Brothers "Let Forever Be," and more ranging from Bjork (again) to the Rolling Stones -- as well as some commercials (much like his music videos) and a funny little nonsense film starring Jim Carrey and a bedmobile.

    Each of these directors is blessed with a deliciously warped mindset -- Jonze is like a funhouse mirror, but Cunningham is darker and more nightmarish at times. And Gondry seems to blend surrealism and whimsy seamlessly. There isn't a dull moment in the whole collection.

    There are also interviews and commentaries with the director and bands and behind-the-scenes photographs, sketches, artwork and so on. Not to mention great "making-of" specials for videos by Bjork and Pharcyde. These add an extra dimension to the videos themselves (like Jonze having musicians coached to sing backwards).

    The collection isn't perfect, though. Cunningham's collection is very short despite the wealth of interviews, and Jonze's is missing several wonderful music videos. And Gondry's is missing some (hey, where's Radiohead's "Knives Out"?) as well. And some of Gondry's bonus material is... well, squirm-inducing (like the rather icky "One Day").

    "Director's Series" showcases the good, the bad, and the really bizarre. This collection of early work by three excellent directors is well worth having. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I can't get them back
    My friends keep asking to borrow them, so they keep shifting hands. I know what a bunch of friends are getting next gift-giving season.

    When they are at home, they go on every week or so. We either let the videos play for background music while cleaning or the likes, or put the doucmentries/interviews on for movie time.

    Having a collection of such fun videos and a good mix of songs on these DVDs makes it impossible to pass up.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gondry is my hero!
    I got the Spike Jonze DVD for Christmas and was already familiar with some of his work such as the Fat Boy Slim videos for "Praise You" and "Weapon of Choice" (featuring Christopher Walken dancing through a deserted hotel). I don't like everything he has made, but his good stuff is really excellent and he has a great talent for coming up with simple but very original concepts (like him leading a dance group outside a cinema in L.A. to the beats of FatBoy Slim). Also, he is partly responsible for bringing us MTV's "JackAss", of course!

    One of my personal favourites is "Drop" by The Pharcyde which was filmed entirely backwards with some very amusing results. Also "What's Up Fatlip?" by Fatlip who seems to be one of the few rappers that dares to appear on camera without four models hanging off each arm. In fact, he cycles through suburbia with a kiddie seat on the back of his bike, lets his 6 year old cousin kick him in the balls and raps on the street clad in nothing but a dirty raincoat and a diaper.

    Listening to Jonze's commentary about making some of the videos is very revealing and, accompanied by the candid descriptions of failed attempts in the booklet, helps you realize that even highly successful directors like Jonze and Cunningham make mistakes too. Chris Cunningham in particular is very critical of his own work which unfortunately resulted in his DVD containing less videos than the other two.

    Cunningham's style is very dark and ominous and in some cases downright scary, as in "Come To Daddy" (Aphex Twin). You've probably seen it and if so, you will probably never forget it as it depicts a deformed character in a TV set screaming "Come to daddy!" at children who all have Richard D. James' grinning face (Aphex Twin himself). I can barely watch it as it is exactly the kind of thing my nightmares are made of, but Madonna obviously liked it as she asked Cunningham to direct her video for "Frozen" after having seen it.

    Probably the most notable video on the Cunningham DVD is Bjork's "All Is Full of Love" in which the Icelandic songstress is a white, plastic robot on an assembly line who ends up passionately kissing an identical robot, therefore kissing herself. The movements are so fluid and well done that it's almost arousing to watch, despite all the machinery surrounding them. Bjork is the common denominator in this set of DVDs as all directors have worked with her. It is Michel Gondry however who has the most Bjork videos to his name.

    "Joga", "Bachelorette", "Hyperballad", "Army of Me", "Isobel" and "Human Behaviour" are all on there, along with other artists such as Kylie Minogue, The Rolling Stones, Daft Punk and Oui Oui (a band that Gondry himself played drums in for a while). I had never heard the name Gondry until this set came out, but as the title of this review suggests, he is my new hero now! Wow, he makes some jaw-dropping videos which, besides pioneering new video compositing techniques, prove the guy is a genius in creative concepts. He has such a good feel for which images go with the track. Take "Fell in Love With A Girl" by The White Stripes for example: entirely animated out of blue, yellow, red, black and white lego blocks! It works so well particularly because he sticks to very rough shapes and doesn't overdo the details.

    Gondry is the man responsible for the Rolling Stones video "Like A Rolling Stone" in which Patricia Arquette crawls through Manhattan in a drugged haze. That video had a very strong "how on earth did he do that?" quotient as it appears to be made up of still photographs morphed into eachother, yet has the fluidity of film. In fact, most of his videos make you wonder how he realized certain effects and how he came up with the idea in the first place? The video for the Chemical Brothers' "Star Guitar" is worth buying this DVD for on its own. A view from a speeding train, the landscape rushing by as you might expect it to, until you realize that the landscape is in time with the music. Buildings. bridges and trees fly in and out of the frame on the beat, almost putting you in a trance. Pure genius again (sorry to keep repeating myself).

    The booklet accompanying the Gondry DVD contains background information on the making of certain videos, but also pages of personal polaroids and drawings and stories which Gondry faxed from L.A. to his 6-year-old son, Paul in Paris. There's a collection of home-movies and experiments and a documentary about Gondry, named "I've Been 12 Forever", a very apt title. My favourite page in the book is one with photos of every car Gondry's father ever owned. I love that kind of wacky stuff. ... Read more


    3. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies: American Film Institute (Complete Edition)
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    To commemorate the first century of American moviemaking, the American Film Institute has embarked on a celebration of America's greatest movies--"AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies." This ten part retrospective explores many aspects of the human condition from the depths of depravity, horror and the dregs of underworld crime to the heights of heroism and passionate romance, covering the many genres, styles and types of films that make up the first 100 years of the glorious American film, as chosen by Hollywood's top directors, writers, stars and executives. Hosted by Jodie Foster, Richard Gere and Sally Field, narrated by James Woods. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Much to applaud, much to question in AFI's picks.
    In the summer of 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) released its list of the "Top 100 Movies of All Time." The list was chosen by a select panel of critics, movie executives, and various other glitterati to celebrate the best the film world had to offer in the 1900's. Easy task? No way! Just about everyone will take exception to the chosen films, and I am no different. Some I automatically agreed with, others I grudgingly approved of, some I hadn't even heard of, and the rest...well, all I could do was shake my head in wonderment, bemusement, or disgust.

    First of all, the list does run the gamut of comedies, dramas, musicals, westerns, and horror films. However, though it is meant to be culled from the last 100 years (assuming, of course, that 1999 would have nothing to offer us), only one film from the 1910's made it (the D.W. Griffith silent epic, "The Birth of a Nation") and only two from the roaring 20's ("The Jazz Singer", a dubious entry, and Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush").

    The T.V. special is hosted at first by actress Jodie Foster, and later taken over by Richard Gere. The films are counted backwards, starting with #100, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Various actors, studio execs, even the loathsome ex-president, Bill Clinton, give analysis to the chosen movies. Some of the remembrances of these people are truly insightful, others are rudimentary. But actor Burt Reynolds truly gets the prize for the flakiest analysis, breaking down whilst discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird." Dustin Hoffman, too, is about to combust, talking about how playing a man dressing as a woman to get a part in a soap opera (in the comedy "Tootsie") made him look at women in general in his offscreen life; he remarks how the make-up people couldn't make him into a pretty type of woman on the set of "Tootsie". This one event in his life made him regret the great relationships he lost out on with women in his personal life, because their features didn't conform to what makes a woman attractive in his eyes. Thus, Hoffman chose to ignore these ladies, for the mere fact that they just didn't physically turn him on. The confession was not so much moving as it was unnerving.

    And, as with any "best-of" lists chosen by industry insiders, some of the films were chosen due to political consideration. For instance, the extremely flawed "Dances With Wolves" had to have been chosen to give Kevin Costner a credit to live in perpetuity with the other films bestowed with the honor of being in the Top 100.

    Moreover, I was amazed at the number of films from the 1990's that were included, such as "Pulp Fiction" and "Forrest Gump", two highly questionable selections. However, in the list, you'll find no Buster Keaton comedies, no Ernst Lubitch entries, nor great films like "Touch of Evil" or "To Have and Have Not." Such slights seem almost unforgivable.

    Still, the truly deserved are near the top: "Casablanca", "The Godfather, Parts I and II", "Citizen Kane", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Gone With the Wind." But as with any list like this comes controversy. I would have substituted at least 25 of these selections with other films not mentioned. I cannot help but think these movies were given some consideration not for their content, but also because they were of some historical significance; "The Jazz Singer" is still not a great film, but was the film that revolutionized the "talkie" era at the turn of the 1930's, and therefore was deemed acceptable for historical reasons. I submit that it is still the 100 "greatest" movies that need be represented, so clearly "Jazz Singer" should not have made it, lest there be cries of false advertising by discriminating viewers like myself.

    A few of these pictures should not even have been considered simply because they were not even AMERICAN films, as the criteria was supposed to be. So, "Clockwork Orange" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" should be left off by default, as they were technically British movies.

    Still, I have tried to watch as many of the films on the list that I had previously not seen, to judge for myself the worthiness of acceptance into the hallowed Top 100. "The Third Man" is one of these that I had not viewed before, but have since watching it found it to be a worthy candidate for the list.

    The tape makes for interesting viewing, but the snippets of each film and subsequent comments by various celebrities are sometimes too short, and we find ourselves jumping into the next number. There is a longer, more extensive version available through Amazon, and you may want to check it out too. Be sure you've seen all the movies on the list before scoping out this longer version, or you'll be subject to beaucoup spoilers that may ruin your enjoyment of the selections you have yet to see.

    The special is still worth the couple hours you'll spend viewing it. If anything, it will give you fodder for debates with other movie buffs, and that is worth the price of the tape alone. Now, if AFI would release a table-top book as a primer as well...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Film Lovers Dream
    To celebrate the centenial of American film, the AFI (American Film Institute) issued a list counting down the one-hundered greatest films of all time and also had a 3 hour long television special to publically broadcast it.

    The AFI showed clips of the greatest films, so even though I disagreed with the ordering of the films, it was wonderful to watch because I could watch clips of my favorite films, even if they weren't where I would have placed them.

    Also, many stars indroduced the films, or told how much they loved them, so you could know which stars like the same movies you do.

    This was wonderful for me and my family to watch, and I think that all movie buffs would enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars songs I missed
    Love is a Many Splendored thing
    Dream Lover
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    All That Jazz
    songs from The Music Man, Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Carousel,
    The show was wonderful, but I would like to see the list of the 400 nominated songs. How would I fin dthis?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Show With Great Movies
    This show is the result of nominations and votes, what AFI chose as the Top 100 American movies. It's a good list. It goes without saying that Tom, Dick, or Harry's theoretical lists may vary, but what AFI has done is compile a very solid list of 100 movies that have touched the lives of many.

    The show itself is a very nice presentation. The list starts at 100 and goes to 1, giving each movies its own little section, explaining what the movie is about, who the major players are, and why the movie is so beloved. A movie isn't on the list if it isn't a must-see. "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies" is a fun, for some informative, romp through cinema's past, and one would have to be a film snob trying not to enjoy it to not enjoy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tough Choices, but a little biased.
    Perhaps "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (#60) said it best. If you bury a watch in the desert for a thousand years, it becomes treasure. I really find some of this list to be biased towards newer movies. As if newer movies are "garbage" or something. Seriously though...

    Citizen Kane won first place. Alright, but have you seen Lord of the Rings? Have you seen the Matrix? I bet they picked out a bunch of older people who just chose movies from their generation. Honestly though... AFI doesn't know best, but it does infuriate me a little when the only movies that make the top 10 are older movies. Gone with the Wind. A classic as some say. I have seen so many love stories that they seem ludacris by now.

    Still. Picking one hundred of the best movies would be a hard choice. Unforgiven got #98, but how does that make it worse than #97? It feels a little impossible to create a list like this. It is opinionated. Terminator didn't make the list. Reservoir Dogs is a no. Apparently many films didn't achieve the "top 100" status. I know there are some out there who don't really live their lives. They say things like, "The classics are the best and only good movies!" Wrong. Go watch Die Hard or something, because there is more to life than movies made 60 years ago. ... Read more


    4. The Directors - Martin Scorsese
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great American Director, Great DVD
    AFI did a great job here on giving brief bio's and other pertinent information on the great modern day directors working in America. This AFI effort on Martin Scorsese is a well put together DVD on Scorsese's influence and effect on modern day motion pictures.

    Scorsese was once bedridden for a long period of time in his youth with a severe case of asthma. You can see with the time he had on his hands that filmmaking and cinema history became his passion. Although, most of his films have a rugged, hyperkinetic, and fragmented look to them; Scorsese, in my opinion, has a more thorough vocabulary of shot selection than any director working today. His shot selection in any film he shoots comes from years and years of studying the masters in their past films.

    I strongly recommend this DVD. It is a great buy. Also, Buy it as soon as possible. I could not find this DVD anywhere! ... Read more


    5. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Stars: American Film Institute (CBS Television Special)
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    America's greatest screen legends! The American Film Institute continues its celebration of the first century of American moviemaking with AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars. In this prime-time special, originally broadcast June 15, 1999 on CBS, 50 of today's biggest stars celebrate and count down the 50 greatest American screen legends, as determined by leaders from across the American film community. Hosted by Shirley Temple Black, featuring James Caan, Clint Eastwood, Goldie Hawn, Martin Landau, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, James Woods any many, many more, with a special performance by Liza Minnelli. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant yet Mistaken
    I think AFI was trying to spark controversy instead of treating it fairly. One of the guidelines for the stars was popularity. Well, if John Wayne isn't popular enough to make the top 10, I don't know who is! It was a bit surprising to see Bogey finish first, but it sure was exciting. I thought Stewart or Grant would have the title. No matter what, you need to know that even though there are mistakes, the clips of the stars are a lot longer than the 100 Movies list. They take about two or three minutes to profile each. If you get this film, and don't get too upset about surprises, you'll love it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AFI's 100 Years-100 Stars (50 Legends) now on DVD!!
    The American Film Institute (AFI) & over 1800 Leaders in the Film Community in 1999 determined the TOP 25 Male & Female American Film Legends from a compiled list of 250 Nominee Stars. The final 25 Male & 25 Female American Film Legends were determined...

    Many are critical of this Top 100 (50) American Film Legends List, while others praise it. I found after I understood the judging criteria the Final 50 American Film Legends were justified. This was a subjective decision based on the following criteria: STAR QUALITY (charisma, screen presences, mythic persona), CRAFT (acting aptitude & versatility), LEGACY (body of work), POPULARITY (fame) & HISTORICAL CONTEXT. Must be feature length film greater than 60 minutes. Screen debut on or before 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.

    The TOP FEMALE LEGEND - Katherine Hepburn & TOP MALE LEGEND - Humphrey Bogart.

    AFI's 100 YEARS - 100 STARS America's Greatest Screen Legends is now on a Full Screen DVD (135 minutes). A 3 hour CBS TELEVISION SPECIAL, Hosted by Shirley Temple with a cast of over 50 stars & Hollywoods Best star commentaries.

    This 3 Hour CBS Special was presented in a 50 Legend countdown starting with the #25 Female & #25 Male Legend Stars, Ava Gardner & William Holden. Many Guest Stars & Movie Professionals provide commentary and statements regarding their favorite Legends.

    This is an excellent DVD & a very delightful collectors edition. Shirley Temple does an excellent job in hosting this Legend Special. A must for the DVD FIlm Library.

    The AFI DVD series introduces us to the complex world of the American Film Legends over the first 100 years. With this list whether we agree or not allows us to experience & get to know these Film Legends & their contribution & how they are immortalized forever in the American Film. Enjoy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AFI's 100 YEARS, 100 STARS!
    SEE 100 of the greatest movie stars from the first 100 years of American movies! HEAR many of today's leading stars drool over the great stars of the past! SALIVATE over the wonderful clips of these stars and then RUN to the closest movie rental star so you can see the ENTIRE FILM! You will be AMAZED at how many of these stars you have never seen! You will be OFFENDED that your favorite stars are ranked so low or left off the list entirely! You will ARGUE with your friends over this list, but NOT as much as you did with AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies list. You will compare the STARS OF TODAY to these GREAT STARS OF THE PAST and find them pretty inferior. If you missed this CBS special on television, then THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to see it in the privacy of your own home!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Another list from AFI, another controversy for film fans
    "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Stars" was the American Film Institute's companion piece to their controversial "100 Years, 100 Movies." On the one hand this list is equally controversial; look at how low predictable top 10 stars John Wayne and Shirley Temple are on the list, how we have Mae West but no Alec Guiness, etc. But on the other hand you have to admit that when you get to the second half of the list there is a sharp drop off in the talent level from the top half. You can come up with another 100 films that could have been on AFI's list and made a compelling case for most of them, but I do not think you could do the same with movie stars. This CBS Television Special first aired in 1999 and combines clips from classic films with commentary from some of today's biggest stars, most of whom surely know they are not going to be on this list the next time it is done. If you love the movies and the people who star in them, then you should give this the once over if you missed in the first time around. I bet you see clips from some movies you have never seen and which you are now going to want to check out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For movie lovers!
    Many, many years ago, there was a terrific television special called "Life Goes to the Movies" which was packed with great film clips from the whole history of cinema. Unfortunately, this is not available anywhere, but this AFI program is one of the best I have seen on the movies since then. While the previous 100 Years, 100 movies was okay, it suffered from too much talk and not enough clips. The AFI has learned from that error and given us much more time on clips, which is what it is all about, the movies we love, right? The special focuses on stars who entered films 1950 and before, and whose careers were completed by the time this special aired. The modern stars talking about the past screen legends are very affectionate tributes to people who inspired them. I can highly recommend this DVD. ... Read more


    6. AFI - The Directors - Michael Mann
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    Known for his rapid-paced approach to filmmaking, Michael Mann began his illustrious career, working on TV commercials and documentary films. Following his feature debut of THEIF, he has gone on to direct such classics as MANHUNTER, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, HEAT, THE INSIDER and the upcoming ALI with Will Smith. He was nominated for an Academy Award© in 2000 as Best Director for THE INSIDER. Actors and collaborators who speak about their work with Mann include Jon Voight, James Belushi, Wes Studi, Madeleine Stowe, William Petersen, Tom Sizemore and others. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars good but could have been better
    For someone whose films are so coveted by film buffs, so little has been visually documented about the making of them and the person responsible for them. This DVD, part of The Directors series, does a good job at providing the first step to showcasing Michael Mann and his work.

    All of his feature films are covered and many of the actors he's worked with over the years, from Jon Voight to Christopher Plummer, are interviewed. My only complaint is that it's too short! Clocking in at just under an hour, this documentary barely scratches the surface -- I mean, an entire hour could have been spent on The Insider alone!

    That aside, this documentary is a solid introduction to the films of Michael Mann, definitely worth purchasing for the fans and worth a look for people interested in getting into his movies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT AMERICAN FILM DIRECTOR!!!
    Martin Scorsese said a few years back that Michael Mann was one of America's great film directors. While having immense respect and admiration for Scorsese, I was elated to hear one of my movie icons saying pretty much what I've been saying for many years. I was a fan of Michael Mann before I knew who he was and what he was capable of. My first exposure was THE JERICHO MILE on TV - a made for TV movie starring Peter Strauss of RICH MAN, POOR MAN fame. One thing that caught and mesmerized me was the music (I believe it was Jack Nitzsche who blended incredible instrumental versions of the Rolling Stones' SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL & NO EXPECTATIONS). But the acting, writing, etc. was so far above normal television that I couldn't stop talking about that show for years. Then came THIEF (music by Tangerine Dream - also used for the film score of THE KEEP - an underrated and brilliant piece of work, as are all of Mann's gifts to the cinema)followed by MIAMI VICE, and with its success more TV: CRIME STORY & PRIVATE EYE (the latter an incredible show reminiscent of PETER GUNN of the 1950's but was not seen or appreciated by many). I could write and rave 20,000 words without blinking an eye in regards to Mr. Mann. He seems to only make a film every 2 or 3 years - but when he does, I pay box office dollars - partly to support his genius and partly to be totally entertained. LAST OF THE MOHICANS/HEAT/THE INSIDER & ALI have all laid proof to his talents. THE DIRECTORS is a series paying homage & respect to major and gifted directors. I have seen each episodic look into our filmmakers' lives and works and, I just saw the one on Michael today and am speechless! If you haven't followed his career like I have, I highly recommend seeing this one hour extravaganza. You will see and hear some of the actors he has hand-picked for his movies, and upon completion of this too short hour, you will want to see and experience everything this gifted man has bestowed upon us, the lucky recipients of his sheer, bravado and infectious magic. To requote Martin Scorsese: Michael Mann is one of America's great directors!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent DVD, but more coverage of "The Keep" needed.
    This DVD is excellent value for money and the 60 minutes fly by when you're watching it.

    I was particularly pleased to see that Manhunter was given detailed analysis (including an interview with William L Petersen, who is clearly a BIG fan of Mann's work)

    I was disappointed however, that perhaps Mann's most interesting movie - "The Keep" - is hardly discussed at all. Whilst it's true that this movie is somewhat obscure and unknown, it would have been useful if they had researched into that particular time in Mann's career in more detail.

    Mind you, at this price I should not ask too much, and the coverage of all of his other work is excellent. ALI is not mentioned though really, because I suspect this DVD was in production before ALI filming was complete.

    Overall, this DVD product is an essential purchase for any fans of Michael Mann or his movies and despite cutting a couple of corners here and there, it thoroughly deserves the 5 star rating at this bargain price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Mann Alive
    Solid entry in the AFI Director's series. The career of Michael Mann is (finally) profiled from his early TV days of Starsky and Hutch and Vegas, through Jericho Mile, Thief, Manhunter, Last of the Mohicans, Heat and The Insider. The Keep is mentioned, but only that. Very little info on Miami Vice or Crime Story. Nothing on Ali. Interview with Mann is great, if only because there are not more interviews with him available. Questions mostly concern influences and do not delve too deeply into his filmmaking process. Nothing about his use of music is explored, which is a missed opportunity. But we do learn about how the story of Heat was made first as a TV movie called L.A. Takedown, and later, why Mann took his name off the broadcast TV version of Heat. Interviews include Jon Voight, James Belushi, Diane Venora, Wes Studi, Dennis Farnia and William Peterson. Everyone seems to agree that Mann is detail obsessed, and by the richness of his work, its hard to argue. ... Read more


    7. The Directors - Steven Spielberg
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Biography on video
    If you ever wanted to know more about one of the best, creative directors ever, get this video. His work is summed up beautifuly! Great man on a great tape!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The biggest genius in hollywood
    Steven Spielberg today is the best director in the industry. Every movie he has done has his magic woven into the story. You can always tell when he has done a movie, because all of his movies are excellent, and contain his magic touch. As an aspiring director, producer, and writer, this dvd was an excellent learning tool, which taght me about Steven Spielberg's movies, how they were done, his opinions, his views, just hearing him speak is captivating. He is a genius, there is no other way to put it, almost all the movies he has done, everyone has seen, and they never "flopped" at the box office. He has done some of the greatest, and most popular movies of all time like Jurassic Park, E.T., Jaws, Close Encounters, and Schindler's List, all of which everyone has seen. If you want to learn from a pro, and if you want to get into the mind of the most ingenious director in hollywood, buy this dvd from Amazon.com. Amazon has the greatest deals around! ... Read more


    8. The Directors - Milos Forman
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    This edition of The Directors series is one of the best, not only because Milos Forman is an engaging raconteur, but because the number of filmshe made between 1965 and 2000 is well matched to the one-hour format of thisseries. Almost every film--from his Czech debut Loves of a Blonde toMan on the Moon--is given fair screen time in a broad survey. Thisoverview is further enhanced by delightful interview clips with Forman, whoseboyish charm is infectiously upbeat (and admirable, considering he lost hisparents to the Nazi concentration camps). As one of the few filmmakers in theseries who isn't American by birth, Forman also has a different perspective onAmerica and his success in the Hollywood system, beginning with 1975's OneFlew over the Cuckoo's Nest. That Oscar winner established many of thethemes that dominate Forman's work, and his lively anecdotes compensate for starJack Nicholson's absence as an interviewee. Equally memorable is Forman'srecollection of working with James Cagney on Ragtime (the great actor'sfinal feature film), and receiving a cherished memento while visiting Cagney'shome. Among the program's other interviewees, Amadeus Oscar-winner F.Murray Abraham recalls Forman's direction to play the composer Salieri asAbraham had previously played Cyrano and Iago--an equal blend of "romance andmanipulation." That kind of simple, eloquent guidance is a trademark for Forman,who humorously notes that "I knew I'd made it" when his name appeared as ananswer in the New York Times crossword puzzle. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars First and FORemost
    There are 4 reason why to get this DVD. 2 gold statues and 2 great motion pictures. If the standard for excellence in directing films is how many Academy Awards one recieves for Best Director; then Forman has to be considered as one of the best directors of all time.

    Forman has won two "Best Director" Academy Awards and he made two of the best films of all time. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus.

    I will never forget the time when I saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for the first time. I was completely blown away...I just sat there in the theater for a few minutes afterword...just trying to collect my thoughts about what I've just seen. It was a very powerful and moving motion picture experience.

    The reason why I took a look at this AFI documentary special was to learn more about Forman and the other films he made. I didn't know of any other Forman film and I wanted to learn more. This special DVD showed me glimpses of his deft, surgeons touch in making compelling drama. He has quite a touch in directing riveting and meaningful drama. ... Read more


    9. The Directors - Rob Reiner
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    Affable, enthusiastic, and articulate, director Rob Reiner is a natural subject for a documentary. The film doesn't analyze or critique Reiner's work. Instead, it lets him, his actors, and film clips do the talking. Reiner clearly enjoys chatting about his pictures and has something interesting or provocative to say about every one of them. He admits to having been "a nervous wreck" when he began shooting his first feature, the mock "rockumentary," This Is Spinal Tap. Discussing Stand By Me, Reiner waxes rhapsodic, calling it "the most important film I've made in my life." It's quite touching to see several members of the film's young cast, now grown up, talk about making the movie. They and Reiner reminisce about the late River Phoenix, who "blew us all away" with his innate acting talent. Reiner's other popular pictures are also explored: When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, Misery, and A Few Good Men. We sense that the makers of the documentary are out to impress us with the body of work Reiner has put together in such a relatively short period of time. And for the most part, it works. Stars who have worked with Reiner--Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, James Woods, Michael Douglas--appear oncamera to talk about him, and are virtually unanimous in their praise. John Cusack calls Reiner "the most caring, passionate director I've ever worked with." --Laura Mirsky ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Sure Thing
    A versitile and unpredictable director, Rob Reiner's varied body of work is well represented in this fascinating documentary that is too short at just an hour! ... Read more


    10. AFI - The Directors - James Cameron
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    Before setting his sights on a motion picture career, James Cameron studied physics and worked as a machinist and a truck driver. Today, he is one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. His blockbuster films include The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, True Lies and Titanic, the largest grossing motion picture of all time. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars They honor Roger Corman film makers...
    That's what a lot of people do not know about Cameron. He started out making sholack pictures for Corman' company, and this has stayed with him all his career. Abysses,Teriminator, Titanic, all these movies are not any better then Battle Beyound the Stars and Piranna II, Pictures he made for Corman. The only dfferences was the budget. But script wise,they looked like they were written by somene whocan not write...and he is it. the AFI should have their heads examined. ... Read more


    11. The Directors - David Cronenberg
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    Anyone who has closely followed the career of David Cronenberg will be pleased to know that this one-hour program is one of the best in the entire Directors series. Articulate and highly thoughtful about his work and its dominant themes, Cronenberg is an engaging intellectual throughout an extensive interview, explaining how he'd been inspired by the New York underground scene of the 1950s (perhaps destined to be "an obscure novelist," he says) when an independent Canadian film titled Winter Kept Us Warm prompted him to pursue filmmaking. "The body is the first fact of human existence," the director observes, in reference to the fascination with flesh, mutation, and other bodily matters that recur throughout his films. Shivers and Scanners are given their due, including enjoyable interview clips with ex-porn star Marilyn Chambers and Michael Ironside (the latter providing a revealing anecdote about Cronenberg describing a bizarre dream). Cronenberg blames Paramount for botching the release of The Dead Zone, and discussion of Crash allows him to reveal his disdainful "strange relationship" with film critics, while Holly Hunter observes that Crash is an exercise in "exploring the moral code." Like Cronenberg's films, these interviews and film clips are filled with challenging perspectives and passionate defense of the artist's prerogative, and the result is a welcomed and illuminating examination of a truly original director. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you dig Cronenberg's work - go for it!
    I am very happy to have finally picked up this disc. To get to hear David Cronenberg himself speak in detail about his films, his actors and his experiences of making the films is not superficial by any means - but quite fascinating. To get to hear nine actors from his films speak about their experiences of working with Cronenberg is really the icing on the cake. Who cares if the image quality of some of the film clips is crappy (what, maybe three out of the thirteen films?) - I didn't buy the disc to catch glimpses of Cronenberg films. (Besides, if you are buying this disc then you probably already own all of the available DVD or Laser Disc versions anyway...) The picture quality of all of the interview footage is excellent and the transfer to DVD is clean and sharp. If you have an interest in making of Cronenberg films, I would suggest seeking out the Canadian DVD version of eXistenZ (a region one disc) because it has an incredible documentary called "The Invisible Art of Production Designer Carol Spier" - that also features extensive interviews with Cronenberg himself and is absolutely fantastic. And if you can read French, then check out the recent interview book published by Cahiers Du Cinema in 2000 - another fabulous resource about the films and life of David Cronenberg.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Follow-up Review (Terrible quality production)
    Now that I have viewed the entire program, I felt compelled to follow up my original review by stating that the technical standards of this disc are ABSOLUTELY AWFUL! Terrible tracking lines, shimmering, grainy video - everything about it is terrible. Film clips look as if they were taken from a second generation bootleg dub. Content aside, the quality is terrible. Fox Lorber has always been a poor quality company, releasing classic films with bad transfers and no extras, and this is just like them.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Superficial glimpse of Cronenberg
    As a dedictated Cronenberg fan, I eagerly awaited this disc in the hope that it would prove a complete if not exhaustive look at this complex film auteur. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Although it features interviews with numerous actors (even Rabid's Marilyn Chambers) and Cronenberg himself, much of the material covered seems rather bland and a retread of what I've heard before. Also, the quality of the actual program is questionable and I noticed several instances of shimmering and pixelation. There are even TRACKING LINES - they must have just transfered the videotape version onto the disc! Aberrant films in Cronenberg's body of work (think Fast Company) are passed over completely with only a few seconds of description. Produced by the AFI, whose credibility has nose-dived ever since they released their 100 greatest films list, this documentary is weak and superficial. I can only imagine what the other programs in the series are like. Overall, I'd recommend this for people interested in learning about Cronenberg, but I wouldn't waste the extra money on the disc, just buy the vhs instead. ... Read more


    12. The Directors - Spike Lee
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    While this Spike Lee installment of The Directors includes observations from actors Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Alfre Woodard, Wesley Snipes, and others, the real value of the hour-long program comes from the interview with Lee himself. While clips from all of Lee's films up to 1996's Get on the Bus illustrate most of Lee's cinematic achievements and thematic concerns, his own words are the most revealing and instructive. Often (mis-)perceived as a provocateur whose films are more confrontational than entertaining, Lee is aware of his tenuous place in the Hollywood scheme; what matters to him, ultimately, is the body of work by which any artist must finally be judged. He's notably stung by the fact that his great film Do the Right Thing lost the 1989 Oscar race to Driving Miss Daisy, observing, with ample justification, that the latter film offered a comforting image of a black man that white audiences could more readily accept. Through ups and downs, Lee remains pragmatic about the film business, allowing the consistent quality of his films to speak for itself. Of the other interviewees, Ossie Davis is the most perceptive, but when he makes the fascinating suggestion that Lee should remake Malcolm X when he's older and more experienced, you're instantly reminded of Denzel Washington's conspicuous absence. It's unfortunate that we don't hear from the star of Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, and He Got Game. It's a serious flaw in this otherwise engaging program. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE BADDEST FILM MAKER IN TOWN
    Shelton Jackson Lee, better known to us as Spike Lee is the most provocative and controversial African-American film maker of our time. In this one hour video we get an opportunity to hear Spike's philosophy of his craft as he looks through his entire body of work. Actors such as Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Wesley Snipes and others also give comments and share their insights about this remarkable young man.

    Who is this Spike Lee? Although this video is a profile it doesn't go into the details of Spike's life. Its focus is on his works and how he views it through the course of time. He was born in Atlanta, GA but grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He of course went to college and then went onto acquire a MFA in film in New York.

    Spike won a prize for a film he produced in graduate school and thought Hollywood would come knocking at his door because of his brilliance. It never happened and Spike learned how to become an independant film maker. "She's Gotta Have It" was Spike's first commercial success which garnered him notice and from there he turned film making upside down.

    You will see scenes from his works where he shattered the myths regarding race, sexuality and class in all of his films. No topic was too sacred for Spike to explore and expose it for what it was worth even when the mainstream film industry said he was making a mistake.

    Spike exudes an aura of confidence (some would say arrogance), takes risks, and is at the top of his game in his craft. Listening to this man critique his films and sharing what he perceives to be their impact on culture is great. Spike is determined for African-American film makers to have a voice in how they are portrayed in the media. Enjoy this profile of one of the greatest African-American film makers of our time. ... Read more


    13. The Directors - Terry Gilliam
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    At the close of this hour-long 1997 documentary from Robert J.Emery's American Film Institute-sponsored series of filmmaker profiles, Terry Gilliam is asked how he would like to be remembered. Gilliam replies that he hopes his films will continue to "surprise people, and allow them to view the world through different eyes." That's a worthy goal for any artist, and Gilliam has succeeded in reaching that goal many times over.

    If you can forgive the pedestrian narration (which is salvaged only by quotes from Gilliam's irreverent, self-penned "official biography"), the documentary's highlights are the interview clips with Gilliam, whose observations about his life and work are far more interesting than Emery's cursory tour through Gilliam's career. Clips from Gilliam's films are well chosen, but the survey never probes beyond a superficial assessment; Gilliam provides the substance, and the stellar interviewees (including Shelley Duvall, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Amanda Plummer, David Warner, and Mercedes Ruehl) offer additional depth with their insightful gratitude. This is must-see viewing for any Gilliam fan, but it's also a bit of a tease, leaving one wanting more. It's perhaps fortunate that the film was made before Gilliam's flawed, impersonal production of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but members of Monty Python are conspicuous in their absence, if only because the focus remains on Gilliam's solo career. On the other hand, it's nice to see time given to "The Crimson Permanent Assurance," the fantastic short film in Python's The Meaning of Life that liberated Gilliam from "the nightmare of animation" (his words), and set him on course for a glorious and visionary career. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unnesasary continued...
    This sound similar to the more focused documentary included with the Criterion edition of Brazil. And anyone interested in his works would benefit greatly from that as well. (More so mayhap since it includes an actual film)

    5-0 out of 5 stars perhaps unnecessary ?
    I suspect that if one appreciates Gilliam's work enough to want this disc, (like me) they probably already own all his movies anyway. And since most of his DVDs have an abundance of info included, you'll probably discover (like me) that you knew all this stuff already. Like buying a "best of" album, when you already own a group's entire collection. But if nothing else, it sure looks cool to have this DVD in my rack - it sort of "announces" the collection of Gilliam films stored beneath it. ... Read more


    14. The Directors - Garry Marshall
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    In the four decades since his career first began, Garry Marshall has established himself as one of Hollywood's most respected writers, producers and directors of television, film and theater. His directing credits include such blockbusters as Dear God, Frankie and Johnny, Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, The Flamingo Kid and Beaches. Actors and collaborators that have worked with Marshall and are interviewed here include Tom Hanks, Ed Begley Jr., Michael McKean, Tim Conway and Penny Marshall. 55 minutes. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Garry Marshall Rules!!
    This is a great video of the reknowned director Garry Marshall(Yes,actress Penny Marshall's Brother!)famous for such movies as Pretty Woman,The Runaway Bride and The Flamingo Kid.It's a must see!! ... Read more


    15. AFI - The Directors - Roger Corman
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    Roger Corman has produced and directed more than 550 motion pictures.In 1953, he sold his first screenplay; the following year he produced his first independent film, beginning one of the most prolific careers of low-budget films in Hollywood history. Some of his achievements include Frankenstein Unbound, Bloody Mama, The Trip, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, Little Shop of Horrors and Caged Heat. ... Read more


    16. The Directors - Clint Eastwood
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    First released while Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys was still enjoying a successful theatrical run in the fall of 2000, this edition of The Directors serves as a satisfying retrospective of Eastwood's career. The legendary actor-director had appeared in 68 films by this time, and although he hints at retirement at the end of this hour-long profile, he also mentions future projects and shows no signs of slowing down. With Eastwood as the primary interview subject, the program covers all the salient points, most importantly the inspiration and influence of directors Don Siegel and Sergio Leone, who had fostered Eastwood's early career and encouraged him to direct. To that end, Eastwood's directorial debut Play Misty for Me is given thorough coverage, in addition to Eastwood's views on the importance of music (as long as it's balanced and not "bombastic"), and his well-known skill at delivering all of his films on time and on (or under) budget. "I was brought up to respect the financier's money," Eastwood says, explaining the methods he uses to work within a given production timeframe.

    Interviewees range from A-list stars like Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman to such veteran character actors (and Eastwood regulars) as Geoffrey Lewis and Pat Hingle. Extra time is appropriately devoted to Unforgiven, which Eastwood describes as "not an anti-Western, but a myth-breaking Western" in its handling of violence. Rounding out with Space Cowboys and some closing comments by Eastwood and his daughter, Alison, this edition of The Directors is, like many of the others, a concise and informative overview for anyone who wants to learn more about this great American filmmaker. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars For Collectors of Clint.....A Must See
    This review refers to "The Directors - Clint Eastwood" VHS (Winstar Home Entertainment)

    Winstar and the AFI have put together a collection of documenteries depicting the films of some of the greatest directors. Naturally being a film lover I was interested in these film makers who do such a wonderful job of bringing the films to us. And even more naturally, my first view was to be the one of Clint Eastwood. I am a huge fan of his(if you have seen my review pages you already know this about me), not only of the films he starred in, but of his acclaimed direction as well.

    So this tape deals exactly with that..the films Eastwood has directed. If you are looking for more of a biography or a complete filmography of Clint, you won't find that here. Although it begins with a short bio of how he started in the film world, most of this tape that runs close to an hour delves into his films including "Play Misty For Me","High Plains Drifter", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", 'Sudden Impact"(The only Dirty Harry he directed), "Bird", "Unforgiven", "True Crime,"Space Cowboys" and more.

    Awesome stars are awed by working with Clint. Meryl Streep,Ed Harris, Morgan Freeman(who made me smile when he described his feelings at just being asked to work on one of Clint's films) and Laura Dern, are among those who have nothing but praise when it comes to talking about working with Eastwood. Clint himself devotes alot of time to this documentary, talking about his views on not just the films, but about how he is able to seperate himself from acting when he is also directing. Most of the actors describe this Hollywood Icon as "just a regular guy" who makes working on the set a pleasure.

    I very much enjoyed this entertaining tape that kept me interested for the entire length, with all the interviews and film clips. I also enjoyed hearing Allison Eastwood describe her dad as sometimes being a "goofball". It really showed what a down to earth person he is.

    For years Clint Eastwood has given us the gifts of his talents and it was a joy to see him speak about them on film. He seems as enthusiastic and energetic as ever and I'll be looking foward to more of his work in the future. If you are a fan of his work, you will find this documentary well worth the view.

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    17. RELINE - A Video Artist Compilation
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    18. Celebrating AFI
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    Vanguard is proud to announce the release of award-winning shortscollection celebrating the American Film Institute featuring all star casts in 6 incredibleshort films:Family Attraction (AFI Best Film Award) depicts the last "nuclear" family in America asan endangered species held in captivity. Chili Con Carne (Filmmaker of the year Award, starring Mel Gibson) depicts PeteConnelly, who after being dumped by his girlfriend is sentenced to a male bondingprison. Also includes Bar Time, The Car Kid (James Franco) and Fair Play (Ed Asner) about ayoung homeless boy. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice Collection of Shorts
    In this DVD you will find a nice collection of short films. It is a refreshing reminder that the short film remains a valid art form. The films themselves are not the most profound thing one will ever encounter but we see themes and techniques that you rarely encounter at the megaplex. These films can afford to take a risk and at worst come off as "quirky".
    My only complaints are with the packaging. I wish there had been more information about the films themselves. The outside packaging only mentions the year two of the films were made for instance. Another quibble is the use of using "star" names as a draw for these films when more often than not the name actors only make brief cameos when the real star actor is barely mentioned.
    Overall, this is a worthwhile collection to watch and one can hope that in the future short films will get more recognition. ... Read more


    19. AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)
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    In 1998, the American Film Institute undertook to determine, by vote of 1,500 of America's movie professionals, filmmakers, historians, critics, agents, actors, executives, and the like, bona fide film people all, the 100 Greatest American Films of All Time. That is, by commemorating the last century, which encapsulates the entire history of American narrative film (not really a century, beginning in the teens, and extending through the end of 1997 for voting purposes---you do the math), the AFI attempted to establish a definitive list of the top 100 by a popular vote of the industry. The result was aired on CBS in June 1998, in this 145-minute TV special. Top-loaded as it is with sentimental favorites, the list serves best as a celebration of American film, with short clips of favorite moments from the films, annotated by filmmakers as august as Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet, among many, many others. Learn what makes Dustin Hoffman or Burt Reynolds weep, if you must. But as a list of the "greatest" American films of all time, the list is greatly lacking---no Buster Keaton, no Lubitsch, scant silents... these are a few of the objections a knowledgeable filmgoer might make. Better to use this program to whet one's appetite for more films, to re-view past favorites, and explore those of others, to argue with it for its omissions and slights. That's if one can get past the constant reminders of our hosts, Jodi Foster, Richard Gere, and Sally Field, that what we are seeing are THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME. --Jim Gay ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Much to applaud, much to question in AFI's picks.
    In the summer of 1998, the American Film Institute (AFI) released its list of the "Top 100 Movies of All Time." The list was chosen by a select panel of critics, movie executives, and various other glitterati to celebrate the best the film world had to offer in the 1900's. Easy task? No way! Just about everyone will take exception to the chosen films, and I am no different. Some I automatically agreed with, others I grudgingly approved of, some I hadn't even heard of, and the rest...well, all I could do was shake my head in wonderment, bemusement, or disgust.

    First of all, the list does run the gamut of comedies, dramas, musicals, westerns, and horror films. However, though it is meant to be culled from the last 100 years (assuming, of course, that 1999 would have nothing to offer us), only one film from the 1910's made it (the D.W. Griffith silent epic, "The Birth of a Nation") and only two from the roaring 20's ("The Jazz Singer", a dubious entry, and Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush").

    The T.V. special is hosted at first by actress Jodie Foster, and later taken over by Richard Gere. The films are counted backwards, starting with #100, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Various actors, studio execs, even the loathsome ex-president, Bill Clinton, give analysis to the chosen movies. Some of the remembrances of these people are truly insightful, others are rudimentary. But actor Burt Reynolds truly gets the prize for the flakiest analysis, breaking down whilst discussing "To Kill a Mockingbird." Dustin Hoffman, too, is about to combust, talking about how playing a man dressing as a woman to get a part in a soap opera (in the comedy "Tootsie") made him look at women in general in his offscreen life; he remarks how the make-up people couldn't make him into a pretty type of woman on the set of "Tootsie". This one event in his life made him regret the great relationships he lost out on with women in his personal life, because their features didn't conform to what makes a woman attractive in his eyes. Thus, Hoffman chose to ignore these ladies, for the mere fact that they just didn't physically turn him on. The confession was not so much moving as it was unnerving.

    And, as with any "best-of" lists chosen by industry insiders, some of the films were chosen due to political consideration. For instance, the extremely flawed "Dances With Wolves" had to have been chosen to give Kevin Costner a credit to live in perpetuity with the other films bestowed with the honor of being in the Top 100.

    Moreover, I was amazed at the number of films from the 1990's that were included, such as "Pulp Fiction" and "Forrest Gump", two highly questionable selections. However, in the list, you'll find no Buster Keaton comedies, no Ernst Lubitch entries, nor great films like "Touch of Evil" or "To Have and Have Not." Such slights seem almost unforgivable.

    Still, the truly deserved are near the top: "Casablanca", "The Godfather, Parts I and II", "Citizen Kane", "The Wizard of Oz", and "Gone With the Wind." But as with any list like this comes controversy. I would have substituted at least 25 of these selections with other films not mentioned. I cannot help but think these movies were given some consideration not for their content, but also because they were of some historical significance; "The Jazz Singer" is still not a great film, but was the film that revolutionized the "talkie" era at the turn of the 1930's, and therefore was deemed acceptable for historical reasons. I submit that it is still the 100 "greatest" movies that need be represented, so clearly "Jazz Singer" should not have made it, lest there be cries of false advertising by discriminating viewers like myself.

    A few of these pictures should not even have been considered simply because they were not even AMERICAN films, as the criteria was supposed to be. So, "Clockwork Orange" and "Bridge on the River Kwai" should be left off by default, as they were technically British movies.

    Still, I have tried to watch as many of the films on the list that I had previously not seen, to judge for myself the worthiness of acceptance into the hallowed Top 100. "The Third Man" is one of these that I had not viewed before, but have since watching it found it to be a worthy candidate for the list.

    The tape makes for interesting viewing, but the snippets of each film and subsequent comments by various celebrities are sometimes too short, and we find ourselves jumping into the next number. There is a longer, more extensive version available through Amazon, and you may want to check it out too. Be sure you've seen all the movies on the list before scoping out this longer version, or you'll be subject to beaucoup spoilers that may ruin your enjoyment of the selections you have yet to see.

    The special is still worth the couple hours you'll spend viewing it. If anything, it will give you fodder for debates with other movie buffs, and that is worth the price of the tape alone. Now, if AFI would release a table-top book as a primer as well...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Film Lovers Dream
    To celebrate the centenial of American film, the AFI (American Film Institute) issued a list counting down the one-hundered greatest films of all time and also had a 3 hour long television special to publically broadcast it.

    The AFI showed clips of the greatest films, so even though I disagreed with the ordering of the films, it was wonderful to watch because I could watch clips of my favorite films, even if they weren't where I would have placed them.

    Also, many stars indroduced the films, or told how much they loved them, so you could know which stars like the same movies you do.

    This was wonderful for me and my family to watch, and I think that all movie buffs would enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars songs I missed
    Love is a Many Splendored thing
    Dream Lover
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    All That Jazz
    songs from The Music Man, Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Carousel,
    The show was wonderful, but I would like to see the list of the 400 nominated songs. How would I fin dthis?

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Show With Great Movies
    This show is the result of nominations and votes, what AFI chose as the Top 100 American movies. It's a good list. It goes without saying that Tom, Dick, or Harry's theoretical lists may vary, but what AFI has done is compile a very solid list of 100 movies that have touched the lives of many.

    The show itself is a very nice presentation. The list starts at 100 and goes to 1, giving each movies its own little section, explaining what the movie is about, who the major players are, and why the movie is so beloved. A movie isn't on the list if it isn't a must-see. "AFI's 100 Years, 100 Movies" is a fun, for some informative, romp through cinema's past, and one would have to be a film snob trying not to enjoy it to not enjoy it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tough Choices, but a little biased.
    Perhaps "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (#60) said it best. If you bury a watch in the desert for a thousand years, it becomes treasure. I really find some of this list to be biased towards newer movies. As if newer movies are "garbage" or something. Seriously though...

    Citizen Kane won first place. Alright, but have you seen Lord of the Rings? Have you seen the Matrix? I bet they picked out a bunch of older people who just chose movies from their generation. Honestly though... AFI doesn't know best, but it does infuriate me a little when the only movies that make the top 10 are older movies. Gone with the Wind. A classic as some say. I have seen so many love stories that they seem ludacris by now.

    Still. Picking one hundred of the best movies would be a hard choice. Unforgiven got #98, but how does that make it worse than #97? It feels a little impossible to create a list like this. It is opinionated. Terminator didn't make the list. Reservoir Dogs is a no. Apparently many films didn't achieve the "top 100" status. I know there are some out there who don't really live their lives. They say things like, "The classics are the best and only good movies!" Wrong. Go watch Die Hard or something, because there is more to life than movies made 60 years ago. ... Read more


    20. The Directors - Ron Howard
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    As proud as Ron Howard has a right to be about his popular acting achievements, he has gone on to even greater fame as a first-rate feature film director of such hits as Ransom, Apollo 13, edTV, Parenthood, Backdraft, Splash, and Night Shift. Actors and collaborators that have worked with Howard and are interviewed here include Kevin Bacon, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, Clint Howard, Daryl Hannah, Michael Keaton, and many more. 55 minutes. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Influential Star
    One of my first memories of television programming were the Gun Smoke and Andy Griffith episodes. So, needless to say, I grew up watching Ron Howard as a young star. Later he acted in a small budgeted, sentimental look at the 50's, film called American Graffitti. As far as I know, I think he later appeared in a very popular hit TV show about the 50's. And that was as much as I knew about Howard's career. I never heard from him again so I thought he was another forgotten TV star...

    The next time I heard from Howard, he was directing this film with Steve Martin called Parenthood in 1989. This was a very good effort and I was deeply moved by the story because I could relate to a lot of what was going on on the screen. The family dynamics the film was trying to convey were very felt life and I thought were dead on, at least for me that is.

    Now, we have this interesting AFI feature that I strongly recommend. Knowing that I really liked Parenthood, I wanted to see this DVD to get further information and knowledge on other Ron Howard directed films. This DVD was a strong help. ... Read more


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