The Cranberries – 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection
DVD-Video Music Videos
Sound: B- Extras: D Music Videos: B-
The Cranberries are one of the great Irish Rock bands of
our time and for those who may not have been interested in getting a DVD of
their work, Universal Music continues their inexpensive, convenient 20th
Century Masters Millennium Collection with five Music Videos from The
Cranberries. The five video
featured are as follows:
Linger (Directed by Melodie McDaniels)
Zombie (Directed by Samuel Bayer)
(Directed by “Freckles Flynn” [Samuel Bayer])
Salvation (Directed by Olivier Dahan)
Animal Instinct (Directed by Olivier
Dolores O’Riordan (Burton) has one of the most beautiful,
expressive, distinct, resonating vocals in music and she makes every song the
band ever cut so compelling to listen to, even when the songs vary as they
do. She tends to excel in the more
serious compositions, the ones that allow her to push her voice. As for the videos, they are again (as is
usually the case in the series) a good sampling of the work of the artist(s)
Without a doubt, Linger is one of the all-time
great Music Videos, by one of the art form’s most underrated of all directors:
Melodie McDaniels. A tribute and
rebuttal of the films of Jean-Luc Godard in the 1960s, the clip takes on any
issues of the genius director’s objectification of women in his auteur cycle,
bringing out the female viewpoint. That
she does this all in Godard’s visual style remains remarkable indeed. Zombie is about the struggle for
Irish independence and the life toll that takes, directed by the also-great
Samuel Bayer. Its mix of color and
monochrome is striking and effective.
The relationship was not to last with Bayer and the band, as they had
major fallout on the Ridiculous Thoughts video. That it is included here is odd, but Bayer
got his cut of it, which is on the loaded Stars – The Cranberries: The Best
Of Videos 1992 – 2002 DVD, which was issued in 2002.
Salvation and Animal Instinct were
directed by Olivier Dahan, who picked up clips in Bayer’s absence and shot at
least as many videos for the band.
That’s not a bad set, but the Stars set offers 17 clips, plus
alternates and a bunch of extras.
Outside of content, there is the performance of both discs to consider.
Both are sporting 1.33 X 1 full frame images, even if any
image happens to be letterboxed on Stars, it is not anamorphically
enhanced like on You & Me, Analyse, Time Is Ticking Out,
This Is The Day or Stars.
Unfortunately, you can tell the five clips here are a generation down
from what appears on the Stars set, which looks particularly more
photo-realistic on Linger. You
can also see slight image missing from this set on all four sides of the picture,
where it is present on Stars.
However, besides price, the other great feature of this new set is the
The Stars set is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, which
fares well, but is not as clean, clear or crisp as the PCM 2.0 48kHz/24Bit
sound on this new set. That has been a
highlight of all the DVDs in this series and is a plus here. That makes performance spilt between the two
releases discussed. The only extra is a
frame-by-frame list of all the titles to date, but no audio is included. If you are a huge fan of the band, you will
probably buy both, but even the most passively curious will not be disappointed
by this 20th Century Masters release.
- Nicholas Sheffo