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|Category||Music||Menu Animation and Audio
Featurette - Whitney Houston DVD Interview
Featurette - Clive Davis Interview
Featurette - Home - Premier Performance on the Merv Griffin Show
Featurette - Lover For Life - Live HBO Concert for South Africa
Featurette - One Moment In Time - Live From 1989 Grammys
Featurette - My Love Is Your Love (Making of)
Featurette - Why Does It Hurt So Bad - Live From 1996 MTV Movie Awards
Featurette - My Love Is Your Love - Live From Germany
Music Video - Impossible
Featurette - MTV News - All Access
Featurette - Behind The Scenes At Greatest Hits Photo Shoot
|Running Time||92:26 minutes|
|Start Up||Introduction, then Menu|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192
English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||English||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Certainly this lives up to the title of The
Greatest Hits and the songs on offer pretty much are. For the record
|1.||You Give Good Love||12.||I Will Always Love You|
|2.||Saving All My Love For You||13.||I'm Every Woman|
|3.||How Will I Know||14.||I Have Nothing|
|4.||Greatest Love Of All||15.||Run To You|
|5.||I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)||16.||Queen Of The Night|
|6.||Didn't We Almost Have It All||17.||Step By Step|
|7.||So Emotional||18.||Heartbreak Hotel|
|8.||Where Do Broken Hearts Go||19.||My Love Is Your Love|
|9.||I'm Your Baby Tonight||20.||It's Not Right But It's Okay|
|10.||All The Man That I Need||21.||I Learned From The Best|
|11.||The Star Spangled Banner|
Basically the songs can be divided into two categories here - the stuff up to and including the film The Bodyguard, which I know pretty well, and the stuff after, which I hardly know at all. On the basis of the evidence here, there is good reason for that. Even though the stuff here has a very mono-dimensional aspect to it (hint - the word love crops up very frequently), at least the earlier stuff had something in the way of musical quality to it. The later stuff is instantly recognizable as music of the nineties, which is a great shame as Whitney Houston does have a great voice and it would be nice to hear her give it full voice again. Obviously the highlights here are to return to music videos that I have not seen in so long it is not funny.
A great voice, that earlier in her career was given full range with some fine material and it has all been brought together well on this lengthy collection of videos. Fans will certainly not require any urging to indulge in this and even casual fans of 1980s music will find many pleasant memories here.
Since the age of the videos dates back as much as sixteen years, and they were made for television, the transfers are not exactly the sharpest you are ever likely to see. There are in the main quite decent, but really the overall impression is of a softness in the whole appearance of all but the very recent videos. Since they are not much more than promotional efforts for the singer, there is not a huge amount of detail here and that is precisely what I would expect. Clarity leaves a little to be desired and in general all the videos display various extents of grain. At its best, the grain is not too distracting though. Shadow detail is not much of an issue here, since the videos are generally shot in such a manner as to avoid such issues. There did not appear to be any serious low level noise issues in the transfer.
The colours are not the most distinctive collection that you will ever see and display the sort of variance that would be anticipated in a collection of videos covering sixteen years. Some are decidedly muted and lacking in naturalness whilst others are quite saturated, bordering on oversaturation. Even the best videos though do not display much solidity in the colours, with blacks never quite seeming black and whites never quite seeming white. Overall, I would not consider this to be an especially vibrant collection. At times there was the indication of some oversaturation but nothing too serious. Colour bleed did not seem to be too much of an issue either.
There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer. Unfortunately there are problems with film-to-video artefacts (or rather video-to-video artefacts I guess), with some especially odd looking moiré/cross colouration-type artefacting in some striped shirts in I'm Your Baby Tonight and Step By Step. In a few places there are some issues with shimmer in the videos - most especially in Heartbreak Hotel, My Love Is Your Love and I Learned From The Best. Add into the mix some video artefacts including white interference lines and this is just a little disappointing at times.
This is an RSDL
formatted DVD but I am unable to advise where the layer change is, as it
could be in any of the short sequences between videos. The player goes
into search mode after every video, so take your pick as to which one hides
the layer change.
The vocals come up very well in the transfer and there are no problems understanding them - although the lyric subtitles helped to clarify some of my long held questions about some of the lyric wordings. Unfortunately the audio sync in the transfer is not the best and in the case of two videos - All The Man That I Need and I'm Every Woman - is pretty woeful. Indeed, they almost looked as if the lyrics were completely different to the song being filmed. Part of the problem will probably be due to some rather shabby lip-synching.
The 5.1 soundtrack is a good one though, with plenty
of presence throughout the channels. Thankfully, the engineers managed
to get the bass channel nicely balanced in the overall mix, with the one
notable exception of Run To You that has some bass reverb
problem, so we get a really nicely balanced soundscape with just enough
oomph to the sound to let the rhythm out for a dance. If you want to crank
this one up a little you will probably be well rewarded. There is not a
huge amount of action out of the rear channels but it is enough to give
the balance to the soundtrack. The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is a nice
effort too, but obviously lacks a lot of the body of the 5.1 soundtrack.
|Surround Channel Use|
© Ian Morris (have
a laugh, check out the bio)
9th February 2001
|DVD||Pioneer DV-515; S-video output|
|Display||Sony Trinitron Wega 80cm. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in|
|Amplification||Yamaha RXV-795. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Energy Speakers: centre EXLC; left and right C-2; rears EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL|