Now Vision-2005 (2005)

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Released 1-Apr-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Introduction
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Booklet
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2005
Running Time 142:29
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (68:38) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various
Studio
Distributor

EMI Music
Starring Eric Prydz
Missy Higgins
Slinkee Minx
Joss Stone
Scribe
Evermore
Ryan Cabrera
Thirsty Merc
Little Birdy
Dannii Minogue
Cosima
Amanda Perez
Eskimo Joe
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $29.95 Music Various


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio Varies
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Varies Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Now Vision 2005 Volume One is another music video compilation disc to add to the already massive collection available in the market. They are always popular and make excellent gifts for the fussy music fan who has everything and is difficult to please. The track selection is usually varied, leaving everyone with at least one or two songs that they are certain to like.

    The first thing that struck me about this particular compilation was the sheer number of songs on the disc. More often than not you are lucky to get 20 videos on a single disc, maybe 25 at a pinch. This excellent value for money collection features no fewer than 40 music videos on the one disc and runs for more than two hours and 20 minutes.

    A wide variety of overseas and Australian artists feature, covering a range of styles including dance/pop to more mainstream and popular numbers. These include Eric Prydz with Call On Me, the ever-so-talented Missy Higgins and the fun video for Scar and the great sounds of Evermore with It's Too Late. Little Birdy's Beautiful To Me featuring the band covered in brightly coloured paint also deserves special mention as does the great beat of Thirsty Merc's Someday Someday. Other artists covered include Joss Stone, Hilary Duff, Junior Jack, The Vines and Dannii Minogue.

    All up this is a pretty solid listing of 40 tracks and features something for everyone, which is exactly the intention of these sorts of discs. The full track listing is:

Track Listing

1. Call On Me - Eric Prydz
2. Scar - Missy Higgins
3. Knock U Out - Joel Turner and the Modern Day Poets with Anthony Mundine   
4. Summer Rain - Slinkee Minx
5. Out Of Touch - Uniting Nations
6. I Like That - Houston featuring Chingy, Nate Dogg and 1-20
7. You Had Me - Joss Stone
8. Dreaming - Scribe
9. Millionaire - Kelis featuring Andre 3000
10. Balla Baby - Chingy
11. It's Too Late - Evermore
12. Fly - Hilary Duff
13. On The Way Down - Ryan Cabrera
14. Get Me Outta Here - Jet
15. Someday Someday - Thirsty Merc
16. Beautiful To Me - Little Birdy
17. You Won't Forget About Me - Dannii Minogue Vs Flower Power
18. Ride It - Geri
19. Stupidisco - Junior Jack
20. Put Em High - Stonebridge featuring Therese
21. Get A Life - Freestylers
22. Galvanize - The Chemical Brothers
23. Plug It In - Basement Jaxx featuring JC Chasez
24. Pony - Kasey Chambers
25. See It In The Boys Eyes - Jamelia
26. One Night Without You - Cosima
27. Star2Fall - Cabin Crew
28. Beautiful Woman - Kyle
29. Free - Estelle
30. Senorita - Jin
31. I Pray (Never Forget) - Amanda Perez
32. Older Than You - Eskimo Joe
33. Only One - Yellowcard
34. Help Me Help Myself - Zinc
35. Ride - The Vines
36. Sunny - Boogie Pumps
37. California Dreamin'  - Royal Gigolo
38. Poison - Groove Coverage
39 Get Up Stand Up - Stellar Project featuring Brandi Emma   
40. Stand By Me - mrTimothy featuring Inaya Day

   

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The individual video clips are all reasonably new and therefore look quite good. This is despite the fact that many are presented in a widescreen aspect ratio (1.75:1) but the transfer is not 16x9 enhanced. Grain is mostly absent across the board and shadow detail is handled well. Colours are well rendered, with no real problems to report.

    There are no MPEG artefacts and the transfer is mostly clean of any other form of artefact.

    There are unfortunately no subtitles for you to sing along to.

    This is a dual layered disc with the layer change at 68:38, between Junior Jack's Stupidisco and Stonebridge's Put 'Em High.

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Audio

    There is only one audio soundtrack on this disc. It is a Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at a bitrate of 384 Kb/s.

    Compared with some Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks (mostly concerts of an older vintage) I have previously experienced for video compilations this one is excellent. It's a solid performer, with some great low range and clear and concise vocals. Cranking it up really loud provided clean and powerful separation across both speakers with no signs of any hiss or distortion. This soundtrack is virtually of CD quality.

    There is no surround channel or subwoofer use.



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Extras

Main Menu Introduction

Main Menu Audio & Animation

Booklet

    A nice, thick 24-page colour booklet comes with the disc, showing all the details of each of the 40 songs plus the lyrics, which is always a bonus.

R4 vs R1

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

      This disc is not available in Region 1.

Summary

    Now Vision 2005 Volume One is a mouthful of a title for a DVD, but the 40 videos present here cover a wide enough range to keep most music fans at least partially happy.

    The video and audio quality of the DVD content is excellent with no faults.

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Review Equipment
DVDDenon DVD-3910, using RGB output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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