Commercial DVD is a DVD by The Residents, released via Mute Film and The Cryptic Corporation on October 24th 2004. Commercial DVD is an adaptation of the group's 1980 Commercial Album, and an expansion of the promotional short film One Minute Movies.
Whereas One Minute Movies featured only four songs from Commercial Album, the DVD features 56 short films in total, representing each track on the album at least once.
Instead, The Residents began work on a new project, creating new music videos for all 40 songs featured on their 1980 release Commercial Album. After nine shorts were completed, they realized that they wouldn't be able to create enough films for the entire album, as they had originally planned, and so advertised on their website for directors to submit their demo reels to them for the chance to direct a music video for the film.
Jim Ludtke died shortly after this announcement, and so a video for "Loss of Innocence" was created featuring 3D models created by Ludtke for The Residents' 1995 CD-ROM game Bad Day On The Midway. The video features a tribute to Ludtke at the end.
The DVD ultimately included 58 short films in total, and was designed to play each clip in random order, to provide for a unique experience each time. The Residents' videos for "Moisture" and "Red Rider" feature newly recorded audio tracks featuring vocals from Carla Fabrizio and guitar from Nolan Cook.
Commercial DVD was premiered at the Film on Music-Music on Film Festival in Prague on October 14th 2004, followed by its US premiere on the 21st at The French Fry Factory in Oakland. The DVD was released by Mute Films and The Cryptic Corporation on October 24th, 2004.
This was the first Residents project to be released by Mute, following the group's departure from East Side Digital in 2002. The following day, October 25th, Mute released a new edition of Commercial Album with a 32-page booklet, to accompany the DVD.
"The premise of The Commercial Album, which was released in 1980, was for The Residents to create their own "Top-Forty" of one-minute songs - one minute being the length of a typical TV commercial. Taking over where the group's 1978 classic Duck Stab left off The Commercial Album further distills the music of The Residents into a stream of compact and multifaceted avant-pop fems. A model of economy, the songs on the kaleidoscopic album constantly convey more with less.
In addition, one of the most important aspects of the project was the accompanying release of their four one minute movies. These videos brought to life and exposed the visual imagery of The Residents much more than every before, and, since the band had not yet toured, these startling images revealed the world of The Residents in ways unimagined by unsuspecting pop audiences in the early 1980s, created before the existence of MTV, these short movies were immediately in high rotation when the fledgling music channel began broadcasting in 1982, and were soon incorporated in the Museum of Modern Art's [New York] permanent collection.
Twenty five years after the release of The Commercial Album, The Residents have lovingly undertaken the task of creating ten new one-minute videos in addition to the original four, and also convinced more than 30 outstanding artists to join in the fun. The Result is the Commercial Album DVD, containing 56 outstanding one-minute movies - a virtual film festival in a box."
- Amber by Doug Carney
- Possessions by Rajendra Serber
- Picnic Boy by The Residents
- La La by Geert Vandenbroele
- The Coming Of The Crow by Jean-Michel Roux
- Love Is by Eric Montchaud
- Phantom by Rosto A. D.
- Moisture by John Sanborn
- In Between Dreams by Roscoe Chapp
- Die In Terror by The Residents
- Loss Of Innocence by The Residents
- Less, Not More by Takeshi Murata
- Dimples And Toes by John Sanborn
- Perfect Love by The Residents
- Handful Of Desire by Kar Aermann
- When We Were Young by Veber Veber
- Love Leaks Out by John Sanborn
- Secrets by The Penguin Bros.
- Margaret Freeman by Niffer Desmond
- Picnic Boy by Eric Nordhauser
- Japanese Watercolor by Martin Redlich
- Suburban Bathers by The Residents
- My Second Wife by The Residents
- Floyd by John McNaughton
- My Work Is So Behind by Gunter Segers
- Fingertips by Stéphane Ricard
- The Simple Song by The Residents and Graeme Whifler
- Shut Up, Shut Up by Luk Willekens
- Act Of Being Polite by Bill Domonkos
- Loneliness by The Residents
- Red Rider by Casey Stockdon
- End Of Home by The Residents
- Birds In The Trees by Steven Cerio
- Troubled Man by Leigh Barbier
- Easter Woman by Stéphane Ricard
- The Coming Of The Crow by The Residents
- Tragic Bells by Chip Lord
- The Nameless Souls by Ty Bardi
- Love Leaks Out by The Residents
- Perfect Love by John Payson
- My Second Wife by Jean-Charles Finck
- Ups And Downs by Cedric Mercier
- Fingertips by The Residents
- End Of Home by Stéphane Ricard
- Handful Of Desire by The Residents
- Nice Old Man by Geert Vandenbroele
- Moisture by The Residents and Graeme Whifler
- Loneliness by Fabrice Fouquet
- Medicine Man by Andrew Koehler
- The Simple Song by Eun-Ha Paek
- Act Of Being Polite by The Residents
- Die In Terror by Incorect
- Talk Of Creatures by Bulk Foodveyor and Niffer Desmond
- And I Was Alone by Harry Lagoussis
- Suburban Bathers by Incorect
- Give It To Someone Else by Rich Shupe
- Loss of Innocence Models By Jim Ludtke
- Birds In The Trees Animated By Rich Shupe
- Troubled Man Animated By: The Residents
- Music By: The Residents
- Moisture & Red Rider Remixed By The Residents
- Vocal On Moisture & Red Rider By Carla Fabrizio
- Guitar On Moisture & Red Rider By Nolan Cook
- Interface Design And Blue Movies By Sammi Selmo
- Guest Musicians: Andy Partridge, Chris Cutler, Don Jackovich, Fred Frith, Lene Lovich, Nessie Lessons & Snakefinger
- Produced By: The Cryptic Corporation
- Project Manager For Mute: Robert Schilling