Madonna-What It Feels Like for a Girl (DVD Single) (2001)

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Released 8-Jun-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Menu Audio
Audio-Only Track-Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix
Audio-Only Track-Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 19:25 (Case: 15)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Guy Ritchie
Studio
Distributor

Warner Vision
Starring Madonna
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $19.95 Music Madonna


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    After watching and listening to Madonna-What It Feels Like For A Girl a few times, my feet started tapping and the volume went up on each subsequent listen, to a point where I'm sure all my neighbours were also able to fully appreciate what it feels like for a girl...

    Content-wise this, DVD single is more acceptable than Madonna's "Music" DVD single, as there are two additional audio remixes included - running 6:42 and 8:08 minutes, but I still feel the $19.95 price tag is a little excessive for a DVD single. The video clip itself runs for 4:35 minutes.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented in the non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.66:1.

    The picture sharpness and detail is very good. Because most of the video clip takes place at night, there isn't much shadow detail, but when the scene allows for shadow detail it is there. There is a good balance between the shadowed and lit areas, so the picture looks natural and visually pleasing. No low level noise, edge bleeding or edge enhancement was noticed.

    The colour is basically perfect, with all objects being well saturated and tonally correct.

    Grain is the most troublesome area of this transfer. Thankfully, in all but one of the four most noticeable instances, the grain is limited to the background. Examples are at 0:00 - 0:18, 0:28, 3:00 and 4:08.

    No MPEG, aliasing, moiré or film artefacts were noticed.

Packaging Error
    The audio-only running time is incorrectly stated as 10:20 minutes. It is, in fact, a more generous 14:50 minutes in running time.

Video Ratings Summary
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Audio

    There is only one audio track on this DVD which is an English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s) soundtrack.

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

    Being a Linear PCM 2-channel mix, the surrounds were not utilized by this audio track.

    There is plenty of bass for the subwoofer to reproduce.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
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Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    Extras are very limited, but I'm not sure what else we could ask for here.

Menu

    The main menu is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and has a video clip playing in the centre of the screen, made up of highlights from the main video clip. It also has a Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s) soundtrack, with a rather nice selection of music playing. The Main Menu selections are; Play Video and Remixes.

Audio-Only Track - Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix (6:42 minutes)

    The Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s) soundtrack is clear, crisp and undistorted - basically perfect.

Audio-Only Track - Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix (8:08 minutes)

    Ditto.

R4 vs R1

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

  The Region 4 version of this disc misses out on;     The Region 1 version of this disc misses out on;     The R1 version does not have the two extra audio remixes, which makes the R4 version much better value for money and the clear winner here.

Summary

    I still feel the $19.95 price tag is a little excessive for a DVD single, but the audio and visual content of Madonna-What It Feels Like For A Girl certainly hits the spot.

    The video quality is very good, with only some grain tarnishing the transfer.

    The audio is great. It is clear and crisp.

    Extras are very limited, but I'm not sure what else we could expect.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Paul Williams (read Paul's biography)
Saturday, June 02, 2001
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). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationOnkyo TX-DS989
SpeakersFronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)

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