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  • Actors: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Jonas Bergström
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström, Kjell Sundvall
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Polydor / Umgd
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ABBA: The Definitive Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Videos: Waterloo, Ring Ring, Mamma Mia, SOS, Bang-a-Boomerang, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Knowing Me Knowing You, That's Me, The Name of the Game, Take a Chance on Me, Eagle, One Man One Woman, Thank You for the Music, Summer Night City, Chiquitita, Does Your Mother Know, Voulez-Vous, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight), On and On and On, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Happy New Year, When All Is Said and Done, One of Us, Head Over Heels, The Day Before You Came, Under Attack
  • Bonus tracks: When I Kissed the Teacher, Estoy Sonando (I Have a Dream), Felicidad (Happy New Year), No Hay a Quien Culpar (When All Is Said and Done), Dancing Queen (at the Royal Swedish Opera)
  • Random-play option
  • Picture gallery
  • 20-page booklet including biography and notes on the videos

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Media Type: DVD
Artist: ABBA
Street Release Date: 07/30/2002


For those who love Abba (and if you're reading this, chances are you do, even if you don't know it yet), Abba: The Definitive Collection represents a happy, joyous compilation of the Swedish supergroup's numerous videos. Granted, they all seem to have been filmed on the same soundstage (even the firelit "Fernando"), but they retain their appeal and infectious charm. Fans can thrill to these vintage clips, which provide an opportunity to rediscover who was the most natural in front of the camera (Agnetha), who was the best dancer (Anna-Frid, a.k.a. Frida), who was the most demure (Benny), and who was the worst lip-syncher (Bjorn--always Bjorn). Lassé Hallstrom, later an Oscar®-nominated filmmaker, directed most of the early videos, and it shows in their natural, no-fuss style; it wasn't until Abba tried to make the jump to '80s-style electronica that they faltered in both style and content. In addition to old standbys like "Waterloo" and "Take a Chance on Me," don't pass up the light-years-ahead-of-its time "The Day Before You Came," or the live performance of "Dancing Queen" (in period costume!) at the Royal Swedish Opera. To this we say: Thank you for the music--and the videos! --Mark Englehart

Customer Reviews

This DVD is a must for Abba fans.
D. H. Daley
All these videos have been remastered for picture and sound and are of excellent quality!
Kenneth M. Gelwasser
This collection of music videos just makes me smile and feel warm.
T. Baalson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Horowitz on June 8, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I remember ABBA from the 70's but I was never really a fan.
I rediscovered ABBA when my daughter gave me the ABBA Gold CD to listen to. After one listening session I was hooked on ABBA. I purchased the Definitive Collection CD and most recently purchased the DVD. I love the DVD. I read some reviews criticizing the quality of the videos (or promotional films as they were called). However you have to remember these were made in the 70's before MTV. As far as I'm concerned these "films" were terrific. The only thing better than listening to ABBA is to watch them. The version of "Dancing Queen" at the Swedish Opera House in front of the Queen of Sweden was great. I found all the films entertaining. I couldn't stop stomping my feet and clapping my hands. If you love ABBA and want to see them perform instead of just listening to their music, then this DVD is for you. As far as I'm concerned, you won't be dissapointed. I know I wasn't. Buy it, you'll love it.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Smith on June 19, 2003
Format: DVD
The face of music was forever changed in 1981 with the debut of MTV. Suddenly, artists who had not been exposed to a wide audience were being seen -- and heard -- by millions. The music video format did not begin with MTV, though. Prior to MTV, bands created what were then known as "promotional clips." This was not a particularly common practice, although groups like The Beatles took advantage of film as a promotional tool.
ABBA, a band not fond of touring, were early pioneers of the music video format. "ABBA: The Definitive Collection" gathers a decade's worth of these videos as released by the band and its label, Polar. The bulk of the clips were directed by Lasse Hallstrom ("My Life as a Dog, "The Cider House Rules"), and are now finally available collectively on DVD.
The budgets for most of the clips were miniscule. Time has not treated them well, and the DVD format only reveals those flaws. But that's beside the point. This is not a DVD for the video purist. Although the packaging states the videos were re-mastered from the original negatives, it's hard to tell at times. Grainy with artifacts and washed out colors, this is not the DVD to pop into your new progressive-scan player to impress your friends, unless your friends are all ABBA fans. Still, this is probably the best these clips have ever looked, and given the production values, some of them look pretty good. The colors in "SOS" are actually pretty vibrant, and "The Winner Takes it All" also looks great. Director Hallstrom, unfortunately, shot many of the videos against a white background, which when presented with the clarity of DVD, is fairly blinding.
Starting with 1974's "Waterloo," and concluding with the group's last video, "Under Attack," "The Definitive Collection" is a must-have.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 23, 2004
Format: DVD
With thirty-five videos to view on one disc, this truly is the ultimate ABBA collection. Although music videos were progressive in the seventies, these still look very dated. Most are just poor lip-synching with bad sets, but that's okay. ABBA was about the music more than anything and the quality of the sound is fantastic. The video that truly stands out is, "The Day Before You Came". The song has always been under-rated and it seems like a lot of thought was put into this filming.
It's too bad this is not available on DTS Surround Sound, but maybe in the future it will be available on that and SACD! To top it all off, the profiling against face-on head shots is hilarious. You know they had fun with those. In the end, however, it is all about what four Swedes accomplished in a very short period of time. ABBA made a huge mark on the world of music and this is a great way to celebrate it.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2002
Format: DVD
I wonder what went wrong when Universal put together this dvd? It has loads of little and major errors that should have been corrected before the release:
1. Starting off with Waterloo, someone totally ruined this clip by inserting the wrong piece of film at around 1:52 where the girls lip synch while the music is an instrumental piece!
2. Ring Ring - the original clip had the UK 1974 remix as soundtrack, however on this dvd, Universal took the US 1974 remix and used as soundtrack.
3. A lot of the clips are out of sync - take for instance On and On and On - scandalous. Universal did however use the long version of this song, albeit only in mono as the stereo master reportedly is lost.
4. Some clips that were originally taped on video have been mastered from film - take for instance Chiquitita, Eagle, Head Over Heels, Thank You For The Music which are so blurry that the previosly available clips on the Gold and More ABBA Gold VHS tapes are of better quality. Scandalous!
5. Pixelation. Throughout the dvd, a lot of compression artefacts are present which is not Universal's fault but the compression company's. The clips are blurry and grainy and do not give the excellent picture quality that they could have, had they been given professional treatment.
Reportedly a lot of people have problems watching the disc. Their players lock up - obviosly the disc is not compatible with industri standards.
I cannot recommend this disc before Universal have corrected all the above problems. It's a slobby job which is a shame since the dvd COULD be absolutely fabulous and live up to the name of the greates pop band in the world: ABBA.
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