|Year Released||1999||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||66:46 minutes||Other Extras||None|
Warner Vision Australia
|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 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||
|Subtitles||None||Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The song list goes like this: Bad Girl, Fever, Rain, Secret, Take A Bow, Bedtime Story, Human Nature, Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Frozen, Ray Of Light, Drowned World/Substitute For Love, The Power Of Good-Bye, Nothing Really Matters and Beautiful Stranger. Some stand-out songs are Love Don't Live Here Anymore which is just timeless; Ray Of Light, and the absolutely brilliant song from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - Beautiful Stranger. This last song I feel is the best pop song to come out in a long time, and that is not at all influenced by Austin Powers being in the clip - honestly!
The presentation is full frame, with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.
The transfer is at all times exceptionally sharp and clear, incredibly so at times. There is no low-level noise whatsoever. Shadow detail was slightly wanting in some clips, but generally very good.
The colours throughout various clips were staggeringly good, being perfectly natural, never saturated and with no bleeding or noise. Many clips were colour-biased in one way or another, but this was handled to perfection. I was thoroughly satisfied with this aspect of the presentation.
There were no MPEG artefacts of any kind. There were a couple of shots that exhibited minor aliasing, but this was trivial. Being straight from video, there were of course no film artefacts. This picture was solid and clean throughout.
Of minor disappointment is the lack of subtitles for lyrics, but as Madonna's style has always been very clean in terms of her vocals this is not an issue.
There is just the one soundtrack, being two-channel Linear PCM recorded at 48kHz, 16-bit.
There were no problems with audio sync during the video.
At all times the sound quality was stunningly good. This is CD quality to say the least, and possibly better given the slightly higher sample rate. The music has an exceptionally clean, detailed quality whilst being very warm and full sounding. The front soundstage is wide, and Madonna's vocals sit dead-centre within.
Turn this one up and feel the tight, well-defined bass from the subwoofer add weight to the music.
The video quality is superb, and cannot be bettered in my opinion.
The PCM audio is also superb, and is of reference quality.
|DVD||Panasonic A350A; S-Video output|
|Display||Pioneer SD-T43W1 125cm Widescreen 16x9|
|Audio Decoder||Internal Dolby Digital 5.1 (DVD Player)|
|Amplification||Sony STRDE-525 5x100 watts Dolby Pro-Logic / 5.1 Ready Receiver; 4 x Optimus 10-band Graphic EQ|
|Speakers||Centre: Sony SS-CN35 100 watt; Main & Surrounds: Pioneer CS-R390-K 150-watt floorstanders; Subwoofer: Optimus 100-watt passive|