The Immaculate Collection

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Details At A Glance

Category Music Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1990 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time
62:27 minutes
(not 60 minutes as on packaging) 
Other Extras Menu Animation
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,3,4,5,6 Director Various

Warner Vision Australia
Starring Madonna
Case Super Jewel Case
RRP $39.95 Music Madonna

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital None
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Linear PCM 48/16, 1536 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    This is a collection of Madonna music videos making up the video/DVD equivalent of the album of the same name.

    It has been quite a while since I saw all of these videos, and it is good to see some of them again (Like A Virgin has always been a particular favourite of mine). Others ... well, not so welcome reunions unfortunately. At least they come from the earlier part of Madonna's career when the music meant something and before she descended into the overly self-indulgent, self-promotion of the 1990's (at least in my minority view); the version of Vogue from the 1990 MTV Awards is a typical example of this.

    If you remember her earlier albums with fondness as I do, then this will be a very pleasant stroll down memory lane.

Transfer Quality


    One of the problems of video compilations like these is the distinct variability in the quality of the videos. It should always be borne in mind that these were shot for essentially promotional use on television, and range to well over ten years old in age.

    The videos are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, with the exception of Oh, Father, which is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.66:1 (not 16x9 enhanced).

    The videos range in quality from quite poor (Express Yourself) to pretty good (Papa Don't Preach), therefore the transfer reflects a wide variance in sharpness and definition. Overall, there is some quite good detail, although none of the transfers are what you could call very clear. There did not seem to be any problems with low level noise.

    The colours come up very variably in the transfer, ranging from very vibrant (Material Girl and Papa Don't Preach) to quite washed out (Express Yourself). Most come up as well as I remember them from way back when, unless my memory is really going. I would suspect that whatever problems there are in the transfers are more of a reflection of age and the condition of the originals then any inherent problems with the transfers. There was the odd hint of oversaturation in a couple of the videos but nothing too displeasing.

    There did not appear to be any significant MPEG artefacts in the transfer, nor were there any significant film-to-video artefacts. What very infrequent problems there were seemed to be as a result of problems in the original source rather than mastering problems. There were a few film artefacts but nothing overly distracting.


    There is just the one English audio track on the DVD, being a Linear PCM 48/16 soundtrack that appears to fairly faithfully reproduce the sound of the compact disc (I did a very brief comparison in case you are wondering).

    The music and vocals came up very well in the soundtrack.

    Audio sync did not appear to be a DVD problem, although there were the usual odd hints of lip synching mismatch inherent in the videos.

    The soundtrack made makes no use of the surround channels, nor the bass channel, and this is very much like listening to the compact disc, but with visuals as well. Nothing much wrong with it for what it is.


    None at all.


    A bare bones menu, not well themed at all, with minor animation enhancement.

R4 vs R1

    There is no apparent difference between the Region 1 and Region 4 version, making the only deciding factor the inherent superiority of the PAL system.


    Okay, I loved her earlier music and returning to such gems as Like A Virgin, Borderline, Papa Don't Preach and Like A Prayer is most enjoyable. However, I would really need a lot more reason than that to return to this too often. If you are a fan, then it is well worth the investment but others should approach with a little caution, although there is nothing really desperately wrong with the DVD.

    A somewhat variable collection of video transfers.

    A good audio transfer.

    A non-existent extras package.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Ian Morris
21st November 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-515; S-video output
Display Sony Trinitron Wega 84cm. 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 EXLR; and subwoofer ES-12XL