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This B'Day party don't stop, and it don't quit.
on June 18, 2007
As many of you readers already know, B'Day is my favorite album. I love it dearly. So when news came of a deluxe edition and a DVD with a video for each song, I was ecstatic. On the release date, I went straight to the store, bright and early, and bought both. So early, in fact, that they weren't on display yet. I had to get one of the less-than-thrilled workers to get them out of the shipping boxes for me. But hey, if you have a store that's open 24 hours a day, I don't think it's too much to ask to have new releases out by noon. (This DVD was exclusively available at Wal-Mart stores from April 3 to today. It is now available at all stores).
Anyways, the hassle was worth it. I went straight home and watched this "anthology video album" straight through. The tracklisting for it is as follows:
01. Beautiful Liar (feat. Shakira)
03. Kitty Kat
04. Green Light
05. Upgrade U (feat. Jay-Z)
06. Flaws and All
07. Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix)
08. Freakum Dress
09. Suga Mama
10. Deja Vu (feat. Jay-Z)
11. Ring the Alarm
In "Beautiful Liar," we find Shakira and Beyoncé playing a look-alike contest and belly dancing together. In "Irreplaceable," Bey kisses off her replaceable man. For the "Kitty Kat" video, we find her in leopard print and matching make-up while riding on top of a huge black cat; they also play with a large ball of yarn, which alsmot smooshes Bey in the end. Beyoncé takes on an overwhelming amount of identities in "Green Light." She even smashes a guitar! "Upgrade U" shows her swimming with an alligator, dancing, imitating Jay-Z and showing off her lavish cars, clothes and golden rings. (No need to worry, though. Jay does make an appearance). In the minimalist, yet entertaining video for "Flaws and All," the singer makes funny faces, giggles, and fools around. In "Get Me Bodied," we join Beyoncé, sister, Solange; and Destiny's Child members, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; in a seven-minute dance fest! It is definitely the best video of the set. Beyoncé and a few of her lady friends show the definition of a "Freakum Dress" as they dance and prance around in fluorescent, skimpy attire. The "Suga Mama" video shows the star dancing around a pole, riding a mechanical bull and sitting on top of a giant, luminous sugar cube. "Deja Vu" is an energetic, couture mini-fashion show. In "Ring the Alarm," we see Beyoncé get quite angry and emotional. `Nuff said. She delivers a powerful performance of the ballad, "Listen."
Also included on this DVD as an extra is a fifteen minute behind-the-scenes featurette. It shows how the project came to fruition and all the work that went into it. It was very fascinating, especially as a fan, but I just wish it were longer. There's also an "ultimate performer" feauture and a free poster of Beyonce.
Wow! What an amazing accomplishment Bey has pulled off! I have even more respect for her after seeing this. (By the way, the videos are much better than how they sound on paper). That's not to say this set is without flaws. Some of the videos look just a little bit cheap. If a few more dollars were splurged, they could've been much better. I also would've liked to have the "Kitty Kat" video to be longer than a minute. Parts of the videos seem a little cheesy at times, also. The sound on "Get Me Bodied" is a little distorted and part of the final chorus is cut off on "Freakum Dress." Also, the claim that there is a video for each song is false. (A "Resentment" video is not present).
But hey... these are very small faults. It is amazing that she pulled this off, especially in the time she did. Overall, it is a very enjoyable DVD with entertaining and fun videos. I recommend this to anyone, but especially to lovers of Beyoncé and her B'Day album. This video album takes the songs to another whole level and makes me love them even more.