Ricky Martin-La Historia (2001)
Main Menu Introduction
Menu Animation & Audio
Notes-La Historia (Spanish)
Featurette-Video Biography (Spanish/English)
|Year Of Production||2001|
|Running Time||58:34 (Case: 60)|
|RSDL / Flipper||No/No||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||1,2,3,4,5,6||Directed By||Various|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
Spanish Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
When I last reviewed a Ricky Martin DVD (The Ricky Martin Video Collection) over a year ago, I commented that "he sings a lot better in Spanish than he does in English". Well, Sony Music Video must have been listening to me (then again, maybe they are just pandering to their Latin customers), because La Historia is a another collection of music videos, but this time featuring his Spanish-sung hits.
Ricky Martin was born in 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Early in his career, he was the lead singer of a band called Menudo before launching a solo career. He became known to American audiences by playing Miguel Morez in the soap opera General Hospital and Marius in Les Miserables.
Ricky shot into worldwide fame when his song La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life) was selected as the official song of the World Cup France '98. His performance of the same song at the 41st annual Grammy Awards was so electrifying that it quickly captured fans from around the world. In that same night, his song Vuelve won the Grammy for Best Latin Pop Performance.
As this is a "greatest hits" collection, it features material from his previous albums, including Ricky Martin (1991), A Medio Vivir (1995), Vuelve (1998), Ricky Martin (his self-titled English debut - 1999) and Sound Loaded (2000).
The music videos in this collection were produced between 1995 and 2000 in a variety of locations, including The Bahamas, Barcelona, France, Los Angeles, Mexico, Miami, New York and Puerto Rico. Some of them appear to be fairly straight-forward, others seem to feature an underlying theme or story line. Each video is prefaced by a short transition segment that provides the name of the song, the location the video was made in and the year of production.
I like the slow songs the best, but of course some will forever associate Ricky with frenzied numbers such as María, Livin' La Vida Loca and She Bangs. My favourite is still Bella which strongly reminds me of the film What Dreams May Come, but Te Extraño, Te Olvido Te Amo and Fuego De Noche, Nieve De Dia are worth listening to. In fact, most of the songs featured in this collection are listenable and I'm starting to get tempted into buying the CD.
|1. María (Spanglish Radio Edit)|
2. Te Extraño, Te Olvido Te Amo
3. Fuego De Noche, Nieve De Dia
6. La Copa De La Vida (Spanish)
7. La Bomba (Spanish)
|8. Por Arriba, Por Abajo|
9. Perdido Sin Ti
10. Livin' La Vida Loca (Spanish)
11. Bella (She's All I Ever Had)
12. She Bangs (Spanish)
13. Solo Quiero Amarte
The transfer of this disc is full frame, but individual music videos may be letterboxed into various aspect ratios including 1.66:1 (María and Bella) and 1.78:1 (Te Extraño, Te Olvido Te Amo, Por Arriba, Por Abajo, and Solo Quiero Amarte).
The transfer quality hasn't improved since The Video Collection. In other words, the transfer is somewhat soft, features rather garish looking colours and I suspect the music videos have been mastered from analog video tape.
Some videos look rather grainy, but I suspect this may be intentional. Some scenes are deliberately presented in black and white, or with under-saturated colours for artistic reasons.
Video artefacts are mainly confined to interlaced artefacts such as aliasing and shimmering. I did not really notice any compression artefacts.
There are no subtitle tracks on this single sided single layered disc.
There are two audio tracks on this disc: Spanish Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536 kb/s), Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kb/s).
The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is mastered at a relatively high level (Dialog Normalization Offset +4 dB) and I had to turn the volume control down by at least 6 dB. In contrast, the PCM audio track is slightly softer than a normal CD but not much (only about 3 dB or so).
The surround mix appears to be artificially generated through a processor. However, it is definitely not as aggressive as the surround mix on The Video Collection DVD (which also sounded like a artificially processed mix), as the music is more front focused and the rear speakers are mostly used for ambience.
The subwoofer was consistently engaged to supplement the low frequencies in the music.
All in all the audio track did not sound too bad except for the high frequencies which were full of "glare" and it seems to me the audio track for some of the music video suffers from analogue tape tracking misalignment, resulting in impaired high frequencies. This is evident in both the PCM audio track as well as the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.
I did not notice any audio synchronization issues.
|Surround Channel Use|
The extras on this disc are pretty standard fare, and include featurettes, a biography and discography. Most of the extras are duplicated into English and Spanish versions.
The menus are full frame but feature animation as well as background audio. The scene selection menus feature animated thumbnails. The menus are in English as well as Spanish.
This is a set of 26 stills that provide a biography of Ricky Martin, presented as a timeline.
This is the English translation of the above timeline, spread over 25 stills.
This is a short featurette (presented in full frame and Dolby Digital 2.0 192 kb/s), consisting of an edited set of interviews with Ricky Martin, plus excerpts from public appearances, concerts and music videos as well as pans of album covers. Ricky actually speaks in English, and sounds quite fluent. The video also includes sound bites from many of his female fans.
This is the Spanish version of the above. Many of the excerpts are the same, but some are different. The interviews with Ricky now have him speaking in Spanish, and are shot in different locations. I don't understand Spanish, but it seemed to me Ricky is saying mostly the same phrases and comments as in the English edition, which strongly suggests that these comments are scripted rather than off the cuff. Some of the interview segments are in English, and the video includes burned in Spanish subtitles.
This is a set of stills providing information on Ricky Martin's seven albums. Each album is presented in a still that includes the album cover and track listing
This is a set of 10 stills containing publicity photographs of Ricky Martin.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
According to DVD Empire, the Region 1 version is missing the PCM audio track but gains English and Spanish subtitles. However, I am not able to verify this, and I suspect the both versions are in fact identical.
Ricky Martin - La Historia is a collection of music videos for his Spanish-sung songs. Although the usual fast paced numbers are here, I found myself preferring some of the slower moving songs which better showcased his singing voice (plus I'm a romantic). Video and audio are okay, extras include a video biography in Spanish and English versions.
|DVD||Pioneer DV-626D, using Component output|
|Display||Sony VPL-VW11HT LCD Projector, ScreenTechnics 16x9 matte white screen (254cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Front and rears: B&W CDM7NT; centre: B&W CDMCNT; subwoofer: B&W ASW2500|