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Radiohead: 7 Television Commercials (DVD)

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Genre: Music DVDs - Indie & Britpop / Theatrical Release: 1998 / Actors: Radiohead ... / DVD released 05 August, 2003 at Capitol / Features of the DVD: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC

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      10.07.2008 13:30
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      Radiohead: 7 Television Commercials DVD

      With box art in the style of 'OK Computer', this is JUST a collection of seven music videos - songs from the 'The Bends' and 'OK Computer' era. First released on VHS format, there is nothing in the way of extras here, so NO SURPRISES on this DVD.

      7 TELEVISION COMMERCIALS has a BBFC 12 rating, I imagine because of the 'Paranoid Android' video - an animated video by Magnus Carlsson's featuring Robin from his animated series of the same name. While I don't rate the video as highly as the song, at least this is the unedited version.

      'Street Spirit (Fade Out)', shot in black and white, directed by Jonathan Glazer; what I like about this video is the use of slow motion techniques - my favourite scene is that of which Thom is able to smash several sheets of glass with a hammer whilst the shards of each are still going through the air. 'Karma Police', also directed by Jonathan Glazer, is viewed for the most part, from the driver's seat of a car which is going after someone. There's a somewhat neat twist to the video, but there's not enough to make it worth watching again.

      My favourite video is that of 'No Surprises'. Shot close-up to Thom's face, at one point he is holding his breath as his head becomes submerged in water for a duration before he is out to sing the final chorus. Whilst this was not in any case extreme, to think you would put yourself through it to shoot a music video - the documentary 'Meeting People Is Easy' (also available on DVD) highlights the difficulty Thom had.

      You do it to yourself? There's that famous video of 'Just' - what did the man lying down on the pavement actually say - or does it matter? Would have been nice if there was the UK version of 'High And Dry' on this DVD along with the US version, but I guess it wouldn't be 7 TELEVISION COMMERCIALS would it? Finally, 'Fake Plastic Trees', set inside a supermarket of sorts where the band go around in shopping trolleys - I like the use of colours in this video.

      I'm not sure if the video transfer is as good as it could be, but the audio quality seems to be really good. Only fans might consider getting it for around a tenner, but seven music videos for that price is not what you would call value for money.

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        24.08.2000 23:38
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        If this video were a review I'd have to rate it 'somewhat useful'; it's a bit pointless really, and only fully suited to the completist Radiohead collector, and not even them to be honest, it is a waste of money! This is just a short video for around about over tenner, and it's just a compilation of a couple of videos from the last two Radiohead albums. All good, and all singles. It'd be okay for people who don't own any Radiohead material, as this could serve as brief video greatest hits, but nothing more. It's just the videos and nothing else. Believe me don't buy this (I've seen this vid and there's nothing else on it), just tape the videos when you see them on TV yourself, more likely if you have MTV atleast. The follow-up video, which sees the band touring and promoting 'OK Computer' - 'Meeting People Is Easy' is far better, but even that is a pointless buy as it's featured on Channel 4 twice so far, and will again. I've heard that due to some of the 'financial suicides' involved in making a few of their recent videos, these were rolled out as cost recovery programs; - well you can't blame them for trying. Good, but I'd say you're a fool if you actually want to buy this. If they were going to release a music video compilation they should've atleast done it when these videos become rarely aired.

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      Released by the band in 2003 the DVD features video clips for seven tracks. Running time: 34 minutes.