Reviews - What do customers think about Visual Rocks: The Heart of the Music (DVD) Video?
Great videos but it has some problems. Dec 11, 2007
Actual score: 3.5
Being a big fan of "The Directors Label" of music video collections (Directors like Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham) I wanted to check out this series.
The first thing you'll probably notice about this set is the neat case it comes in - it looks like a tinted-window DVD case and at first glance is actually kind of neat. Unfortunately, it doesnt seem to be too thought out - there is a sticker sealing the DVD case shut, and that sticker is the only place that mentions the DVD title or contents. The only way to get past it is to either peel the sticker off or cut through it, leaving half of the sticker on each side of the case (or none at all if you remove it). The rest of the case is pure black so on a shelf, you won't be able to tell what it is at first glance.
Opening up the case has the DVD on one side and a removable booklet on the other. The book is pretty nice, has a lot of pictures of contents from the DVD but very little information (usually 1-2 paragraphs of a biography/symnopsis for each video).
The DVD has 111 Mins of content (videos and interviews). Unfortunately, it's of very mixed quality. Some videos look fantastic even on my 50" HDTV while others look downright horrible even on my 20" monitor (they look to be a 320x240 resolution video blown up to fit the screen - almost like watching Youtube videos on a big screen TV - interlacing problems, compression blocks and just overall poor quality).
There are a few errors on the DVD ("Fischerspooner" is referred to as "Fischerpower") and the menus are a pain to find what you're looking for (The menu consists of the following choices: 1, A, C, N, F, L, M, R, S, T, U, and (P)), each of which lead you to a different studios' videos. The
contents of the DVD are:
1 (1st Ave Machine) * Alias - Sixes Last
A (A52) * Coldplay - Speed of sound * 67 Special - Walking Away
C (Cat Stolen / Cavier Limited/Hybrid) * Bright Eyes - At the bottom of everything * Interview * Towa Tel
N (Nakd / Nylon Motion) * United Cutlery - Pemmikan * High Speed Scene - Fuxk N' Spend
F (Falle) * La Phaze - Assaut Final * Interview
L (Left Channel / Light Borne / Logo) * RjD2 - 1976 * Bad Religion - Los angeles is burning * Interview * Flaming Lips - You gotta hold on * Interview
M (MK 12 / Model Robot / Motion Theory) * Guided by voices - Back to the lake * Your own religion - Alfie * Beck - Girl * Papa Roach - Scars
R (Rex & Tennany Mckay) * Fischerspooner - One is all we are
S (Shllo) * Audio Bullys - I'm in love
T (The Designer Republic / Translstor Studios) * Citizen Birds - Joy * Kennedy - Your Mama * Interview
U (UV Factory) * Pete Miser - Scene of Robot * Interview
To get to these videos, you need to click on the specific letter (above) to see the list of contents. I found this to be annoying as most people won't think to look under "M" for "Model Robot" to find a video by Beck). A full listing would have been much better since there arent a whole lot of contents. The (P) option is a play-all mode which will play everything in order. There are no options that I've found (subtitles, audio).
I have to say, I was a bit disappointed after seeing so many sites claim that "Hey Baby" by No Doubt, "Dirty Little Thing" by Velvet Revolver and "Animal" by REM are included on the disc.. they're not! There is a 1-2 page picture of each of those in the included booklet but they're nowhere to be found on the disc. Most of the artists included are ones I hadn't heard of, but there are a few bigger bands on there (Beck, Papa Roach, Bad Religion).
The videos are very neat for the most part, and that makes this worth owning. I wish the quality was more consistent throughout the disc but overall I'm pretty satisfied with it. Don't go into it expecting it to be like "The Directors Label" or you'll be disappointed.
If you don't have the Directors Label series yet, star there:
Director's Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry Director's Label Series Boxed Set (Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer, Anton Corbijn, Stéphane Sednaoui)