Madonna-Music (DVD Single) (2000)

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Released 18-Sep-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Web Links
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 9:13
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Jonas Akerlund
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Madonna
Case Super Jewel
RPI $19.95 Music Madonna


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    There are two versions of Madonna's song Music on this DVD, a Standard version (4:28 minutes) and a slightly longer version, which is called the Extended mix (4:45 minutes). The only difference that I can see between these two versions is one extras scene where Ali G (limo driver) is heard asking Madonna if he can be in her next video clip (between 3:10 and 3:25). I felt that this additional scene actually disrupts the song, and for this reason I prefer the standard version.

    The only complaint I have with the DVD is its price, as the disc only has 9 minutes of music, no Lyric subtitles and only stereo sound. What make this even worse is the fact that you really only getting one video clip that lasts for 4:28 minutes. If there were 3 or 4 different versions of Music, I feel it would have been much more acceptable, i.e. a standard mix, a music-only mix (no additional video clip sounds), a real extended mix - 8 minutes plus, a club mix and possibly even a disco mix.

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Track Listing

1. Music (4:26)
2. Music (4:44)

Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented in two non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratios; 2.00:1 and 1.33:1. Most of the video clip is in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio with the opening and closing scenes being 2.00:1.

    The picture is razor sharp and there is tons of detail in both the foreground and background. No low level noise, edge bleeding or excessive edge enhancement were seen and the shadow detail is perfect.

    The colour was absolutely amazing. It has a vibrancy to it that I have never seen before. I felt like I could have just fallen into the picture - in fact, I'm sure I did on several occasions, and I wasn't even using a progressive scan DVD player.

    At the start of each of the video clips there is some trivial background grain, but this is the only occurrence of grain that was noticed.

    There are no Lyric subtitles.

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Audio

    There is only one audio track on this DVD which is a Linear PCM 48/16, 1536Kb/s stereo soundtrack.

    The audio was always clear and undistorted with no sync problems.

    Since this video clip only has a stereo soundtrack, the surround speakers are not used, but there is plenty of bass for the subwoofer to reproduce if you have it on. I flicked my decoder into THX surround mode but there is virtually no surround channel use.

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Extras

    The only extra on this disc is a web link.

Menu

    The Menu is in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and has a video clip playing in the centre of the screen, comprised of highlights from the Music video clip. It also has a LPCM 48/16 2.0 1536Kb/s soundtrack, with a rather cool section of music playing. The menu selections are; Play Standard, Play Extended and Web links.

Web Links

    Takes you to Madonna's Music web page.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    With the R4 disc having the exact same content as the R1, the R4 version is an easy choice.

Summary

    At $20, I don't feel that this DVD is very good value, but the audio and visual quality is beyond reproach.

    Amazing is pretty much the only way to describe the picture quality of this disc. It is just superb and is by far the best transfer that I have ever seen, bar none.

    The audio is great - clear and crisp.

    A paltry web link is all that we get for an extra.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Saturday, September 09, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDSony DVP-725, using Component output
DisplaySony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-SV919THX
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

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