MTV 20: BOX SET
Reviewed July 11th, 2001 by John Randall
I always have liked how music sounds in Dolby Digital 5.1. My 1st generation DVD player came with a sample disc that contained a few music videos. When I heard that Image Entertainment was teaming up with MTV to produce a jam-packed set of some of the top videos of all time - I was very excited.
The three main disc (Rock, Jams and Pop) contain a good mix that should satisfy just about every music lover. Each of those is also available seperatly. The fourth disc called Beats is only available in the set and includes a few songs like “Pump up the Jam” and “Jump Around”.
The only thing that I was really worried about was the quality of some of the videos - but rest assured, they all look pretty good.
Full track listings are at the very bottom of the review.
There are some very big standouts in this set. Counting Crows fans will love the quality of Round Here - it has never looked better.
The video is presented in full frame or letterbox depending on how the video was produced. Like I said, overall they all look pretty darn good. Of course the newer videos really shine on DVD.
The audio for the videos has been remixed in 5.1 - or so the box says. It's actually mixed in 4.1 because no sound comes out of the center speaker. Basically the sound mostly comes out of the front left and right speakers and also out of the surrounds and sub channel. It took a few minutes to make sure my system wasn't busted because you can tell no sound comes out of the center. But don't let that stop you from getting these discs. They really do sound very good. A 2.0 track is also provided.
Extras in the box set of course include the 4th Beats disc as a bonus. Also included on the main discs are very short interviews before each video, short biographies, and some commercials. There is also a sort of “Pop Up Video” selection that you can turn on where little tibits of info will appear while watching the videos.
Overall, this is a good mix of videos and pretty good quality wise. Highly recommended.
> Counting Crows - “Round Here”
> Everclear - “Santa Monica”
> Robert Palmer - “Addicted To Love”
> Jesus Jones - “Right Here, Right Now”
> Aerosmith - “Living On The Edge”
> Soundgarden - “Black Hole Sun”
> Blues Traveler - “Run Around”
> The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - “The Impression That I Get”
> Blink 182 - “All The Small Things”
> The Cult - “Firewoman”
> Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Higher Ground”
> Primus - “Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver”
> Goldfinger - “Here In Your Bedroom”
> Monster Magnet - “Spacelord”
> Cake - “Never There”
> Godsmack - “Voo Doo”
> Tears For Fears - “Shout”
> Aqua - “Barbie Girl”
> Smashmouth - “Walking On The Sun”
> Semisonic - “Closing Time”
> Lionel Richie - “All Night Long”
> Chumbawamba - “Tubthumping”
> Thompson Twins - “Hold Me Now”
> Gary Numan - “Cars”
> Flock of Seagulls - “I Ran”
> Naked Eyes - “Promises, Promises”
> The Fixx - “One Thing Leads To Another”
> Big Country - “In A Big Country”
> Elvis Costello - “Everyday I Write The Book”
> Lisa Stansfield - “All Around The World”
> K Ci & Jo Jo - “All My Life”
> Run DMC Featuring Aerosmith - “Walk This Way”
> Juvenile - “Back That Thing Up”
> De La Soul - “Me, Myself, And I”
> Digital Underground - “Humpty Dance”
> Eric B & Rakim - “Eric B Is President”
> Jodeci - “Forever My Lady”
> Digable Planets - “Rebirth Of Slick”
> R Kelly - “Bump N' Grind”
> Montell Jordan - “This Is How We Do It”
> Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige - “You're All I Need / I'll Be There”
> Deborah Cox - “Sentimental”
> Erykah Badu - “On And On”
> Brian McKnight - “Anytime”
> Usher - “My Way”
> Monica - “Angel Of Mine”
> Technotronic - “Pump Up the Jam”
> House of Pain - “Jump Around”
> Chemical Brothers - “Setting Sun”
> Fluke - “Atom Bomb”
> Moby - “Bodyrock”
> Jungle Brothers - “Get Down”
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