Spiceworld: The Movie

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Details At A Glance

Category Spice Girls Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1997 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 89 minutes Other Extras Featurette - "Spiceworld Interviews" (21 mins)
Cast & Crew Biographies
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Selection then Menu
Region 0 Director Bob Spiers

Starring Spice Girls
Richard E. Grant
Roger Moore
George Wendt
Barry Humphries
Alan Cumming
RRP $34.95 Music The Spice Girls

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.85:1    
Macrovision ?    
Subtitles English
English Hard of Hearing
German Hard of Hearing

Plot Synopsis

    Spiceworld: The Movie is a movie starring the Spice Girls.

    What....you want a plot? Sorry, there just isn't one. Well, nothing that could be coherently described as a plot, anyway. The target audience of this movie won't realize this, but what we get is a collection of music videos very very loosely tied together around a number of dismal subplots.

    To give you some idea of the looseness of the subplots, some of them involved;

    The movie also featured a bus with a Union Jack plastered all over it which was the Spiceworld tour bus. They must have put Dr Who's Tardis somewhere in this bus, since it was an awful lot bigger inside than outside, but never mind about that. Meatloaf drove the bus.

Transfer Quality

    OK, so the plot was ludicrous. How was the transfer? Pretty good, actually. I'm convinced that Polygram are doing the eminently sensible thing of utilizing Columbia Tristar masters for their transfers, and just repackaging them with the Polygram logo and menus. This is just fine with me, and certainly bodes well for their more, um, non-Spiceworld titles.


    The video transfer of this movie is very reasonable with only small faults to pick at.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced. There is also a Full Frame version of the movie on the other side of the disc.

    The transfer was not quite as sharp as some that I have seen recently, but was certainly quite acceptable. Shadow detail was good, though most of this movie was shot very brightly lit.

    The colours were reasonably rendered in this transfer, though at times they tended towards oversaturation. There are a lot of bright, highly saturated colour fields to be seen, and there is never any colour bleeding or chroma noise to interfere with the perfectly clearly rendered and vibrant colours.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some moderate aliasing in a few scenes involving the Spiceworld bus or other cars, and some wide shots of London landmarks, but this was not too bad. More film artefacts than I expected were present, although they weren't particularly distracting.


    There are two audio tracks to choose from on this DVD. The default is English Dolby Digital 5.1. This is the track that I listened to. The other track present is a German soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.

    Dialogue was hard to hear at times, especially over musical background. However, the dialogue was pretty trite, and so little is missed because of this. The early part of Chapter 12 suffers from what appears to be very bad ADR work as much of the Spice Girls dialogue is out of sync. The opening titles also suffer from either quite ordinary ADR work or more likely just bad lip sync work.

    The music is mostly Spice Girls songs, with a few others thrown in for good measure. They are suitably boppy numbers, and I must admit that I actually like some of their songs. The movie was much better when they were singing rather than trying to deliver their lines.

     The surround channels were used mainly for music, though some ambience made its way into the rear channels. This made for a moderately enveloping soundfield.

    The .1 channel was used to support the music and the odd special effect.


    There is a small selection of extras on this disc.


    The menu design on the disc is quite functional and attractive. It works intuitively. The menus are appropriately framed on both sides of the disc, and navigation through scene selections and the extras is intuitive. This menu is a far better effort than that on earlier Polygram discs. I particularly liked the fact that you could just keep pressing enter to make your way through the extras, with the next selection automatically highlighting.

Featurette - Spiceworld Interviews

    This is a 21 minute featurette which interviews many of the cast and crew members and discusses the film's plot, origins and the events that occurred during shooting. It was presented in an aspect ratio of 4:3 with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound, surround-encoded. It is only present on the 4:3 side of this disc, not on the 16:9 side, which is a pity. It would be better if Polygram would put all their extras on both sides of the disc wherever possible.

Cast & Crew Biographies

    Extensive Cast & Crew biographies make good reading on this disc.


    Spiceworld: The Movie is a movie about the Spice Girls, nothing more and nothing less. Don't expect Citizen Kane, and you won't be disappointed. If you love the Spice Girls then you will enjoy this movie.

    The video quality is of reasonably high quality with only minor problems.

    The audio quality is of reasonable quality, but dialogue is somewhat hard to hear at times.

    The extras are limited, but more comprehensive than what I have seen in the past for Polygram discs.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
18th January 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 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
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer