a-ha-Headlines and Deadlines: The Hits of a-ha (1991)

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Released 10-Apr-2000

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music None
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 72:33
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Programme
Region Coding 2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Various

Warner Vision
Starring A-Ha
Case Super Jewel
RPI $39.95 Music A-Ha

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 English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    A-Ha. The sum total of my knowledge of this band can be summed up in three words; Take On Me. Other than that one song, I am not otherwise familiar with the body of work that comprises A-Ha: Headlines And Deadlines - The Hits Of A-Ha.

    Without wanting to sound disparaging, one good way to describe the music of A-Ha is to describe it as predominately "pretty boy" music. Strictly middle-of-the-road lowest-common-denominator pop, there isn't all that much that stands out in this collection, other than a few of the more recent songs, which clearly display a more sophisticated and complex structure than the earlier songs. In fact, the great majority of the songs on this compilation sound very similar, with much the same bass lines and synthesizer sounds predominating. All-in-all, this is a disc that I will occasionally return to for background music, but I can't see myself watching it all too often.

    A good way to illustrate the non-impact that this programme had on me is to consider the fact that as I write this review, some 15 hours after viewing this DVD, I cannot remember the tunes of any of the songs from the album that I have just watched, except for Take On Me and Crying In The Rain, both of which I knew before I watched it.

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Track Listing

1. Introduction
2. Take On Me
3. Cry Wolf
4. Touchy
5. You Are The One (Remix)
6. Manhattan Skyline
7. The Blood That Moves The Body
8. There's Never A Forever Thing
9. Early Morning
10. Hunting High And Low
11. I've Been Losing You
12. Crying In The Rain
13. I Call Your Name
14. Stay On These Roads
15. Sycamore Leaves
16. Train Of Thought
17. The Sun Always Shines On TV
18. Move To Memphis

Transfer Quality


    This is generally quite a reasonable transfer, and unlike many other music video compilations, the quality of the separate elements is relatively even across the board. One notable exception is track 11, I've Been Losing You, which stands out as a lesser quality transfer.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer was generally on the softer side, but still looked pretty good considering the 10 - 15 year old nature of some of the source material. Shadow detail was acceptable, and there appeared to be no non-deliberate low level noise in the image.

    The colours were variably rendered but seemed to remain true to the specific artistic intent of each of the video clips.

    There were no MPEG artefacts seen, despite a significant number of deliberately grainy shots which you would expect to present serious problems to the MPEG encoder. The MPEG encoding is at a constant high bit rate of between 7.5 and 8 Mb/sec for the great majority of this DVD, with peaks in the 9Mb/s range during the really difficult-to-encode sections. Aliasing was a minor issue with this DVD, but the degree of sharpness necessary for this transfer to be prone to significant aliasing was simply not there.

    Most of the source elements that make up this DVD are video-based, however a few of the earlier selections appear to be film-sourced. There is little in the way of artefacts in any of the source material other than deliberately simulated artefacting. Some minor film artefacts can be seen in the film-based material, and there are a couple of analogue video tape dropouts at 63:51 and 64:16. In addition to these artefacts, there are occasional skips in the video stream which are slightly distracting.


    There is only the one audio track on this DVD; English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0. This is most definitely a stereo-only soundtrack, and sounds its best when decoded in stereo. It is at quite a high level, and I ended up listening to this DVD at 15dB less than my usual listening level, and even then the soundtrack seemed a little too loud at times.

    Vocals were always clear and easy to understand.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc other than the obvious ones of A-Ha miming the words to their songs.

    The surround channels were not used.

    The .1 channel was not specifically encoded, but received a great deal of signal from the soundtrack, enhancing it nicely.


    There are no extras on this DVD.


R4 vs R1

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

    This DVD does not appear to be out in Region 1.


    A-Ha: Headlines And Deadlines is an unremarkable compilation of music videos.

    The video quality was always acceptable and at times quite good.

    The audio quality was average.

    There were no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Friday, April 28, 2000
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 2109, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe Art-95 (95cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL).
Audio DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
Amplification2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
SpeakersPhilips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Hsu Research TN-1220HO subwoofer

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