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Details At A Glance

Category Music Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1999 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 66:46 minutes Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,3,4,5,6 Director Various

Warner Vision Australia
Starring Madonna
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 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Now this I like! Here we have a collection of Madonna's latest songs dating from 1993 (1992 really) to 1999. This is a showcase of her enormous talent in both writing songs, singing them and acting them out in the form of the music video. This is a collection of pop with style, predominately electronic but with a dash of conventional instruments for flavour. It is clear from the presentation of each and every video that no expense is spared when it comes to Madonna - each clip is different, interesting and very professionally produced.

    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!

Transfer Quality


    This is a superb looking disc in all aspects, and is of reference quality.

    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.


    The audio is as equally superb as the video, and is again reference quality.

    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.


    There are no extras on this disc.


    The static menu design is nicely done, though I would have liked some audio and/or animation to round off the package. The disc is chaptered for each video clip, and has a decent selection menu.

R4 vs R1

    Both versions are identical. The R4 version would therefore be the preferred choice given the superiority of the PAL system.


    If you haven't worked it out by now, I was thoroughly impressed with this disc, and recommend it highly to anyone with even a passing interest in Madonna.

    The video quality is superb, and cannot be bettered in my opinion.

    The PCM audio is also superb, and is of reference quality.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Cordingley
16th December 1999
Review Equipment
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