Daft Punk's 1996 debut album Homework succeeded commercially because it connected on different levels: The disc was pop craft, dance fuel, and postmodern prank all at once, a retro house-music outing more revisionist than most gave it credit for. After all, what other house act has offered so many hooky and concise singles for both clubbers and general consumption? A few groups have since tried to replicate the French duo's artistic success, but to no avail. (Nice try, Basement Jaxx.) Though Daft Punk itself has yet to follow Homework with anything new, this video collection should serve as a fine stopgap. D.A.F.T. includes all five of Daft Punk's eccentric videos, each boasting a commentary track from its director, brief "making-of" segments, and alternate mixes of the songs by such luminaries as Armand Van Helden. Spike Jonze's "Da Funk" clip follows a humanoid dog-boy through the streets of New York, while Michel Gondry's "Around The World" may be the best fusion of modern dance and dance music since New Order's classic "True Faith" video. Roman Coppola uses "Revolution 909" as an excuse to relate his famous family's tomato-sauce recipe, and Seb Janiak literally sets Chicago on fire with "Burnin'." Finally, there's "Fresh," directed by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, sort of a sequel to "Da Funk" featuring the same cast, including a funny Jonze. The DVD's second half is full of potential but ultimately disappointing: It includes a portion of a live set filmed in Los Angeles that can be viewed from any (or all) of eight angles, but the club is far too dark to make out any details, and Daft Punk's adamant anonymity doesn't make it the most compelling subject. Worse is the pre-edited version, which cuts from muddy image to muddy image so fast that a static shot of a strobe light would have been just as illuminating. Stick to the videos, however, and D.A.F.T. offers loads of fun and information, a nice alternative to most bare-bones music-video collections.

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