|Year Released||1990||Commentary Tracks||None|
(not 60 minutes as on packaging)
|Other Extras||Menu Animation|
Warner Vision Australia
|Case||Super Jewel Case|
|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||
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
A somewhat variable collection of video transfers.
A good audio transfer.
A non-existent extras package.
© Ian Morris
21st November 1999
|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|