Wu-Tang Clan

The Legend of the Wu Tang: The Videos

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About an hour-and-a-half of video footage featuring the Wu-Tang Clan is collected on this DVD, the bulk of the program being devoted to 14 music videos for tracks from their first four albums (all but one appearing on the first three of those). Unsurprisingly, all seven of their chart singles from the era ("Method Man," "C.R.E.A.M.," "Can It All Be So Simple," "It's Yourz," "Gravel Pit," "Protect Ya Neck (The Jump Off)," and "Uzi (Pinki Ring)") are represented, though the video for "It's Yourz" also features "Older Gods." As you might expect (and particularly in the earlier videos), much of the imagery emphasizes the seamier side of life in the urban projects, the band dressed in heavy coats and woolly hats as if it's perpetually the coldest of winters. Unlike many of their peers from the projects, Wu-Tang Clan's success helped them experience something of life outside that milieu, and some of the segments do show them playing live before exuberant audiences and getting their eyeful of nubile young women. There's also occasional use of themes that owe something to science and fantasy fiction, particularly in "Gravel Pit"'s pseudo-prehistoric sets, while Isaac Hayes makes a cameo in "I Can't Go to Sleep." The two bonus tracks offer an alternate version of "Method Man" and a video for "Old Man -- Masta Killa" featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard and RZA. Also included is a previously unreleased 21-minute 1994 documentary combining live footage with interviews in which the bandmembers are interviewed both collectively and individually, offering basic observations of their music and the background it reflects.

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