Various Work of Director Jonathan Glazer

Of the four directors featured in series two of this Work of Directors video compilation series, only Jonathan Glazer has made the leap into full-length features (joining Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry from series one). His films, Birth and Sexy Beast, have met with certain critical acclaim; looking at some video clips, it's easy to see why. Glazer pulls off one of the greatest practical visual tricks in music video history for Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity," in which the band's front-man dances on a floor that seems to be sliding underneath him. Glazer seems particularly attracted to big, epic-sounding music that he puts fairly spare, arresting images to: the remarkable slow-mo effects of Radiohead's "Street Spirit"; a muttering, crazy homeless guy getting repeatedly struck by cars in a tunnel during UNKLE's "Rabbit In Your Headlights" (with vocals by Radiohead's Thom Yorke); and a brilliantly simple video for the Verve's Richard Ashcroft. In it, as "A Song for the Lovers" plays in the background, Ashcroft wanders around an apartment occasionally singing quietly under his breath; simple rises to compelling and then to brilliant when Ashcroft is first convinced that he hears a funny noise — and stops the song on his stereo mid-vid to check — and then proceeds to end the video by taking a leak, still singing quietly to himself. Glazer has the fewest number of collected videos; his set is augmented by some good, high-end commercial work (including a pair for Barclays featuring Samuel Jackson), as well as clips from his features. His isn't the most extensive or diverse collection, but he gives good bang for his buck. Plus: commentaries, booklet, interviews and more. (Palm Pictures)