The wonder of DVD

All bow down to the glory of DVD!

I am finally going to admit to the world that I have a problem ... an addiction really. It is an addiction to those shiny discs that you can put in the player and they will play a movie with amazing sound (if you have a good receiver and speakers mind you) and amazing picture (I'm working on getting a better TV - more on that later).

So in order to help me with my addiction, I've decided to post my list of DVDs - It is kind of shocking to realize how many I have and how much that actually equates to in money. It's a good thing I'm single and without children and making nice 1st Lt money! Without any further ado, the list!

DVD Spotlight of "The Collection"

I saw a pretty cool Top 100 list (of which I have 51) online the other day, and it inspired me to write up my own thoughts on my DVDs, as I knew that I am extraordinarily humorous, talented and witty, so hell, why not talk up one of my DVDs? ;-)


The Work of Director Michel Gondry: I have just discovered an amazing new DVD series that will appeal to anyone who has a taste for music and the videos that go with them. Check this: When you suffer through MTV nowadays, you pretty much end up with the crap de la crap. I can only take some videos recently, because sometimes you get a glimmer of originality that matches a song perfectly. I've found that most rap and hip hop videos are disposable trash. I do like the music, but the videos are uninspired rehashes of each other, with bootylicious girls shaking their thang at the camera. Blah. Yet all is not lost. There are artists and directors who collaborate and create a vision that dares you to come along and watch, listen, and enjoy. Some of my most cherished music videos (off the top of my head)include "Bedtime Story" by Madonna, "Who Is It" by Michael Jackson, and well, you see, not too many make an impression. But these DVDs have arrived to prove me wrong.

Indeed, there are lots of videos that have been created that showcase a sense of artistry and creativity which bring new life to a song. They just don't get played on MTV... perhaps MTV2, which my cable is getting in December! Yay!! Recently, the first three volumes of a new series have been released. They are part of the "Work of Director" series, and the first three are Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry(which I'm talking about now). I bought Spike Jonze as well - I passed on Chris Cunningham, as there were not that many videos or bands I recognized on the list. But at the cheap price, I may reconsider soon. Let's talk about Michel Gondry though. I had/have no idea who this guy is. Yet when I saw the track listing on this DVD, I was blown away, and I could barely spend my B-day Amazon GC from Robbie fast enough. Included on the listing is Kylie Minogue's "Come Into My World" video, shown above (yummm... FOUR Kylies!) and "Around the World" by Daft Punk, also shown to the left. Gondry has a definite style, and every video on the set is completely original yet has a signature very particular to Gondry. I seemed to notice he likes to take an element from the song, whether it be a sound, a beat, or possibly an idea brought about by the melody, and focus and refocus on that idea. It's a great take and provides an all-around multimedia experience for the viewer. To see the Around the World video for the first time leaves you scratching your head. But then you realize that it's a very cyclical dance beat and hey, why not have mummies and skeletons and robots dancing in a circle? Other great videos include the Foo Fighter's "Everlong" and the Lego video by the White Stripes. I haven't even watched Side 2 yet, but there are even more, including lots of Bjork, whom I love. So I can't stress how exciting these new video collections are, and if you love the art of music videos, I recommend these HIGHLY. I shared the love via a week ago - if it's still available, Buy them. I eagerly await the next set, and expect to see some more Madonna videos as well as Michael Jackson videos soon. I'm guessing Mark Romanek will be up soon.

My DVDs circa 16 June 2004

Items in bold are most-recent purchases

24: Season 1 (6 discs)
24: Season 2 (7 discs)
12 Monkeys
Abyss, The (2 discs)
Adventures in Babysitting
Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The
Airport Pack: includes
Airport 1975
Airport '77
Airport '79
Alias: Season 1 (6 discs)
Alias: Season 2 (6 discs)
Alice in Wonderland
Alien Quadrilogy (9 discs)
includes Alien, Aliens, Alien3, Alien:Resurrection
All About Eve
Almost Famous: Untitled (2 discs)
Amadeus (Director's Cut) (2 discs)
Amelie (2 discs)
American Pie: Unrated
American Wedding: Unrated
America's Sweethearts
Analyze This
Angel, Season 1 (6 discs)
Angel, Season 2 (6 discs)
Angel, Season 3 (6 discs)
Animatrix, The
Apollo 13
Arlington Road
Artificial Intelligence (2 discs)
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Back to School
Basic Instinct
Batman Forever
Beauty & the Beast (2 discs)
Bend it Like Beckham
Best In Show
Big Fish
Billy Elliot
Blair Witch Project, The
Blue Velvet
Boogie Nights (2 discs)
Brady Bunch Movie, The
Bring It On
Bringing Down the House
Bruce Almighty
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 1 (3 discs)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2 (6 discs)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 3 (6 discs)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4 (6 discs)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5 (6 discs)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 6 (6 discs)
Can't Hardly Wait
Cast Away (2 discs)
Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle
Chasing Amy: Criterion
Chicken Run
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (2 discs)
Courage Under Fire
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Cruel Intentions
Dark City
Deep Blue Sea
Dick Tracy
Die Another Day (2 discs)
Die Hard (2 discs)
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (2 discs)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (2 discs)
Digital Video Essentials
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Dogma (2 discs)
Dolores Claiborne
Donnie Darko
Edward Scissorhands
Emperor's New Groove, The
Enemy of the State
Erin Brockovich
E.T. (2 discs)
Eurythmics: Greatest Hits
Ever After
Few Good Men, A
Fight Club (2 discs)
Final Destination
Fifth Element - Superbit
Finding Nemo (2 discs)
Fish Called Wanda, A
Fools Rush In
Forrest Gump (2 discs)
Friends, Best of - Volume 1
Friends, Best of - Volume 2
Friends, Best of - Volume 3
Friends, Best of - Volume 4
Friends, Season 1 (4 discs)
Friends, Season 2 (4 discs)
Friends, Season 3 (4 discs)
Friends, Season 4 (4 discs)
Friends, Season 5 (4 discs)
Friends, Season 6 (4 discs)
Friends, Season 7 (4 discs)
Friends, Series Finale
Fugitive, The
Galaxy Quest
Ghost World
Gladiator (2 discs)
Goonies, The
Green Mile, The
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Groundhog Day
Half Baked
Hannibal (2 discs)
Hard Day's Night (2 discs)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 discs)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2 discs)
Independence Day (2 discs)
Indiana Jones Boxset (4 discs)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade)
Interview with the Vampire
Jackie Brown (2 discs)
Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996
Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (2 discs)
Jerry Maguire (2 discs)
Joe Versus the Volcano
Joy Ride
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park 3
Jurassic Park: Lost World
Kid, The
Kill Bill, Vol 1
LA Confidential
Last of the Mohicans, The
Legally Blonde
Leon: The Professional
Les Miserables in Concert
Liar Liar
Lilo & Stitch
Lion King, The (2 discs)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2 discs)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition (4 discs)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2 discs)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition (4 discs)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2 discs)
Lost in Translation
Madonna: Drowned World Tour 2001
Madonna: Girlie Show - Live Down Under
Madonna: Immaculate Collection
Madonna: Music
Madonna: Truth or Dare
Madonna: Video Collection 93-99
Magnolia (2 discs)
Majestic, The
Margaret Cho: I'm The One That I Want
Margaret Cho: Notorious C.H.O.
Mary Poppins
Mask of Zorro, The (2 discs)
Matrix, The
Matrix Reloaded, The (2 discs)
Meet the Parents
Men in Black
Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, The
Michael Jackson: Dangerous the Short Films
Michael Jackson: HIStory Volume 1
Michael Jackson: HIStory Volume 2
Midnight Run
Mighty Wind, A
Minority Report (2 discs)
Miss Congeniality
Mission Impossible 2
Missy Elliott: Volume 1
Monsters Inc. (2 discs)
Moulin Rouge (2 discs)
Mulholland Drive
Mummy Returns, The
Mummy, The
Muriel's Wedding
My Best Friend's Wedding
My Cousin Vinny
National Lampoon's European Vacation
National Lampoon's Vacation
Net, The
Never Been Kissed
No Doubt: The Videos
Not Another Teen Movie
Nothing to Lose
Nurse Betty
Ocean's 11
Others, The (2 discs)
Outrageous Fortune
Panic Room
Pearl Harbor (2 discs)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2 discs)
Point of No Return
Poseidon Adventure, The
Pretty Woman
Princess Bride, The
Pulp Fiction (2 discs)
Ring, The
Rocky Horror Picture Show, The (2 discs)
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion
Run Lola Run
Running Man, The (2 discs)
Ruthless People
Saturday Night Fever
Saving Private Ryan
Scarface (2 discs)
Scream 2
Scream 3
Secondhand Lions
Shawshank Redemption, The
Shining, The
Shrek (2 discs)
Silence of the Lambs, The: Criterion
Simpsons: Season 1 (3 discs)
Simpsons: Season 2 (4 discs)
Sixth Sense, The
Sleepy Hollow
Smallville: Season 1 (6 discs)
SNL: The Best of Adam Sandler
SNL: The Best of Mike Myers
SNL: The Best of Molly Shannon
SNL: The Best of Will Ferrell
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (2 discs)
Sopranos: Season 1 (4 discs)
Sopranos: Season 2 (4 discs)
Sopranos: Season 3 (4 discs)
Sound & Vision Home Theatre Tune-Up
Sound of Music, The (2 discs)
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Speed (2 discs)
Spiderman (2 discs)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (2 discs)
Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace (2 discs)
Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2 discs)
Starship Troopers (2 discs)
Sunset Boulevard
Super Troopers
Superman 2
Superman 3
Superman 4
Superman the Movie
Survivor: Season 1 Greatest moments
Survivor: Season 1 (4 discs)
Survivor: Season 2
Terminator 2
Terminator 2 (2 discs)
Terminator 3 (2 discs)
Terminator, The
Thelma & Louise
There's Something About Mary
Tin Cup
To Die For
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider 2: Cradle of Life
Tomorrow Never Dies
Total Recall
Towering Inferno, The
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Twin Peaks: Pilot Episode
Twin Peaks: First Season (4 discs)
Unbreakable (2 discs)
Usual Suspects
Very Brady Sequel
Waiting for Guffman
War of the Roses, The
Waterboy, The
Wedding Singer, The
West Side Story (2 discs)
What's Love Got to Do With It
Whole Nine Yards, The
Wild Things
Will & Grace: Season 1 (4 discs)
Will & Grace: Season 2 (4 discs)
Wizard of Oz, The
Work of Director Spike Jonze - Volume 1
Work of Director Michel Gondry - Volume 3
World is Not Enough, The
X-Files: Fight the Future
X-Files: Season 1 (7 discs)
X-Files: Season 2 (7 discs)
X-Files: Season 3 (7 discs)
X-Files: Season 4 (7 discs)
X-Files: Season 5 (6 discs)
X-Files: Season 6 (6 discs)
X-Files: Season 7 (6 discs)
X-Files: Season 8 (6 discs)
X-Files: Season 9 (7 discs)
X-Men 2:X-Men United (2 discs)
You Can Count on Me

and the running total as of 16 June 04: 336!