DVD Review: “1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection” by The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection includes all of the band’s music videos, as well as a couple of extras. One of the extras is the video for “Untitled,” which only appears on the disc as a hidden “Easter Egg.”

When you first put in the disc, the opening contains images from the various videos cut together, with a “TV static” effect. While this introduction is kind of interesting, it does run a little on the long side; I tend to skip ahead to the main menu. The menu interface can be a bit cumbersome at times, although I understand the reason why the menus are done as they are. The DVD is split into the following categories: “Gish,” “Siamese Dream,” “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” “Adore,” “Machina,” “Live,” and “Extras.”

Under the “Gish” section are two music videos: “Siva” and “Rhinoceros.” The “Siamese Dream” section includes “Cherub Rock,” “Today,” “Disarm,” and “Rocket.” When I saw the “Today” video on the disc, I was surprised when I saw that it includes an introduction to the video that wasn’t aired on MTV, because I had never known this introduction ever existed prior to watching this disc. However, I must say that this introduction helps the viewer to better understand why Billy is driving around in an ice cream van.

“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” section has the videos for “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “1979,” “Zero,” “Tonight, Tonight,” and “Thirty-Three”. The “Adore” section includes the video for “Ava Adore” and “Perfect”. The “Machina” section has the music videos for “The Everlasting Gaze,” “Stand Inside Your Love,” and “Try, Try, Try.”

The “Live” section has live performances of “Geek USA” and “An Ode to No One.” The “Extras” section has a previously unreleased video for “I Am One,” as well as a short film by Jonas Akerlund called “Try” (which includes footage that appears in the “Try, Try, Try” video). Personally, I thought that the addition of the live material and extras was a nice touch for this video collection.

For the album specific sections, there are also outtakes or a documentary available for each video. However, there are two exceptions: the “Rocket” video has a “performance cut” of the video instead of the outtakes and features, and “Try, Try, Try” (which only includes the music video; this is probably due to the fact that the “Extras” section includes the short film that has footage from “Try, Try, Try” in it).

For the audio, you can choose either the music for the video or an audio commentary; the video for “1979” actually has two audio commentaries. The videos with documentaries are “1979,” “Tonight, Tonight,” “Thirty-Three,” “Ava Adore,” “Perfect,” and “Stand Inside Your Love.” For the live tracks, only “Geek USA” includes an audio commentary.

The audio commentaries and the documentaries were very well done; they explained the ideas behind the videos, what happened behind the scenes, and also explained some of the techniques used for filming the videos. For the audio commentaries, the only thing I didn’t like was the fact that only three of the original band members (Billy, James, and Jimmy) did the commentaries; I wish D’Arcy had been involved with that. For the outtakes, there were some videos where it was very hard to tell that any outtakes were included; it looked more like you were seeing the music video again.

Overall, this is a very well-done DVD video collection, and I would highly recommend it to a Smashing Pumpkins fan. This disc would also be good to show someone who isn’t familiar with the band, so they could see the various aspects of the group throughout their career.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD that my husband and I purchased.


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