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Tool: Vicarious

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  • I Purchased my copy yesterday and can confirm the video is in 3D, for those who say it isn’t get your eyes checked. The music is presented in standard 2.0, and sounds clearer with more bass then the previous 2 music DVD’s Tool released.
    The packaging is similar to 10,000 days, it’s presented in a thick cardboard 3 panel digipak with the 3D glasses attached to view the 4 separate art cards that are included, the inside panel has the skeleton from the video in 3D.
    The features include a Documentary on people who know Adam and what work they have done with him, a Doco on Alex Gray’ art Studio, and a 2 very funny commentary’s.
    Now the video itself, if you haven’t seen it your missing out, it is absolutely stunning, the visuals are breathtaking in 3D, the colours and images jump out of your TV, (just wait until you see the 2 creatures slowly coming out of the mans eyes to see what I’m talking about) I was glued to the screen for the entire clip & with the Vicarious soundtrack it will just blow you away, this is what Tool fans have been waiting for… not worthy of a 5 star review id give it 100 if possible, this is a work of art!
    BTW I haven’t found any “live footage”

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Packaging is just like 10,000 days pkg w/ magnifying glass cover to view pieces of still shots included inside. Adam jones & alex grey created another surreal world w/ imagery only yourself can comprehend. Some lightly animated Grey art from net of being shows up along w/ some eerie creatures. You get a tour of Alex grey’s art museum, some behind the scenes interviews w/ people who know Adam and how he got involved in art. Guest commentary is by David cross but not too much funny really happens since he claims that he has not even heard the song and is just trying to ‘comment’ on a surreal video. It’s still alot of $ to spend on one video (they can fit all their latest vids on one dvd easily from the past couple of albums. Check out the Parabola vid from Tool . For some reason i like that one better then this video.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Well to start off I was thinking they were gonna show the vicarious video that is already been shown online. I was wrong, very wrong, the new video is a step up from previous Tool videos in technology and visual art. As in all Tool videos it makes unnerving visuals seem normal in Adam Jones’s view of art. The extras are fantastic, their is a biography of the video and a nice background of Adam Jones’s previous work on his art in some visuals for film and Tool albums. Also the feature CoSm is a display of a museum in New York inspired by Tool and art for 10,000 Days. The commentary for the video is by comedian David Cross, which is pretty funny as he pokes fun at himself and the visuals of the vicarious video. The packaging of the DVD comes with stereo scopic lenses to make Jones’s art three dimensional as it was in 10,000 Days. All in all Tool has provided a great piece of work for fans to speculate and put on the shelves next to 10,000 Days.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Just so people aren’t mislead by 2 other reviews here, THERE IS NO LIVE FOOTAGE (like they would include Swamp Song on the Vicarious dvd!)…

    BUT, this dvd is definitely worth buying. Apart from the Vicarious clip which is excellent, you get more bonus stuff than their previous dvd releases for Schism and Parabola. The “making of” runs for 40 minutes and is informative with lots of interviews with people that made Vicarious. It also helps explain why it has taken so long for this clip to be made. The commentary with David Cross is suitably silly and I enjoyed watching Alex Grey’s COSM section.

    If you’re a fan of Tool’s you no doubt would have bought this by now anyway, but for anyone who has seen a low quality copy on youtube do yourselves (and the band) a favour and do it justice by buying the dvd.

    Oh one more thing – there is no live footage.

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • First, I don’t see how people can complain that there is nothing new about a video that is being released for the first time! Where is the logic in that?

    Now, to the actual review. The video for Vicarious is Tool’s first entirely CG music video, running just a little longer than the length of the song of the same title on the 2006 album 10,000 Days [the extra length consists of ambient noise or silence, in terms of the audio track--the song has not been lengthened]. The video is very conceptual and well thought out by all counts, living up to Adam Jones’ lofty legacy of directing and shaping Tool’s surreal videos into deeply philosophical experiences. I won’t take your time up here with any sort of analysis, but I will say that I recommend viewing the video repeatedly. For myself, the first time through I was aware of only a small fraction of what was going on in the video. Again, this is characteristic of most all Tool videos. One subtle thing that took me a long time to notice is the startling differences between the specters, and what their behavior is symbolic of. There are many such hidden gems in the video.

    The extras on this DVD put the DVD singles for Parabola and Schism to shame. Foremost is “The Vicarious Documentary”, directed by Camella Grace, documenting the creation of the video and revealing a lot of its hidden meanings. Some of the interviewees includes Alex Grey, Chet Zar, Kevin Willis, and many others, including much of the CG animation team from Hydraulx, who worked on the video. Alex Grey’s comments are particularly revealing and it is great to see him make as long of an appearance as he does here. Pay attention to his comment about our culture.

    Also included are two tracks of audio commentary set to the video, recorded by David Cross of Mr. Show fame (anyone remember where Puscifer got its start?). While they are worth not much more than a few good laughs, I have to say they are a step up in the comedy department from the commentaries on the previous two DVDs. That Cross goes to the liberty of naming the various characters in the video is pretty hilarious in itself. Take it all, of course, with a grain of salt.

    Storyboards by Adam Jones and Alex Grey are included, as well as a brief segment on Alex and Allyson Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York City. Both are worth at least one watch; some of the shots of CoSM are particularly impressive, displaying some of Alex Grey’s greatest art.

    In all, I don’t think anyone has a right to complain about this DVD. Tool never purported that live material was going to be included, so there was no reason to expect it. In addition, it is not right to think of this as paying ten dollars for “just a music video”. Adam Jones’ work really transcends the whole concept of a music video. It’s more like a short film, set to a great song. If it were treated like “just a music video”, it would be hard for Mr. Jones to get the kind of recognition he deserves, seeing edited cuts of the film on MTV every few hours. This kind of art doesn’t deserve to be treated that way, and if you understand that and appreciate the work of Adam Jones and Tool, you have no reason not to pick this up.

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now