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MTV20 Collection

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On August 1, 1981 at 12 midnight, music history was made! Although it didn't seem like it at the time, the launch of MTV, the world's first 24-hour music channel, not only revolutionalized the music business, but also transformed film, fashion and television around the world. Not bad for a cable channel that started with a mere eight hours of programming, no advertisers and very few supporters. On its 20th anniversary, MTV brings you an over-the-top compilation of more than fifty groundbreaking music videos that made MTV the cultural touchstone now watched by over 300 million viewers in 139 countries. "Rock," "Pop" and "Jams"--you want your MTV...we've got your MTV!

Rock: Addicted to Love (Robert Palmer), Firewoman (The Cult), Higher Ground (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Right Here Right Now (Jesus Jones), Livin' on the Edge (Aerosmith), Round Here (Counting Crows), Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden), Run-Around (Blues Traveler), Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver (Primus), Santa Monica (Everclear), Here in Your Bedroom (Goldfinger), The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Space Lord (Monster Magnet), Never There (Cake), All the Small Things (Blink-182), Voodoo (Godsmack). 76 minutes.

Pop: Cars (Gary Numan), I Ran (A Flock of Seagulls), Promises Promises (Naked Eyes), One Thing Leads to Another (The Fixx), In a Big Country (Big Country), Everyday I Write the Book (Elvis Costello), All Night Long (Lionel Richie), Hold Me Now (Thompson Twins), Shout (Tears for Fears), All Around the World (Lisa Stansfield), Barbie Girl (Aqua), Walkin' on the Sun (Smash Mouth), Tubthumping (Chumbawamba), All My Life (K-Ci and Jojo), Closing Time (Semisonic). 71 minutes.

Jams: Walk This Way (Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith), Eric B. is President (Eric B. and Rakim), Me Myself and I (De La Soul), Humpty Dance (Digital Underground), Forever My Lady (Jodeci), Rebirth of the Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Digable Planets), Bump n' Grind (R. Kelly), This is How We Do It (Montell Jordan), All I Need (Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige), Sentimental (Deborah Cox), On and On (Erykah Badu), Anytime (Brian McKnight), My Way (Usher), Angel of Mine (Monica), Back That Thing Up (Juvenile). 74 minutes.

Bonus "Beats" DVD only available in the box set! Songs: Pump Up the Jam (Technotronic), Jump Around (House of Pain), Setting Sun (Chemical Brothers), Atom Bomb (Fluke), Bodyrock (Moby), Get Down (Jungle Brothers). 221 minutes.

Here's a surprise: Instead of celebrating its 20th anniversary by repackaging, say, the contrived spontaneity of The Real World or the "Party down, dude!" vapidity of Spring Break, MTV is marking this milestone with a boxed set of music videos--the channel's raison d'être in the first place, of course, but pretty much an afterthought in recent years. And an impressive undertaking it is, with more than 50 selections spread out over four DVDs. They're arranged chronologically on their respective discs, which are divided by category: "Rock" (with 16 videos ranging from Robert Palmer to Godsmack, it may be the most interesting of the lot), "Pop" (the most fun disc, with 15 largely trivial but irresistible tracks by Tears for Fears, Elvis Costello, and others), and "Jams" (the most wide-ranging disc of the set, with a 15-track mix of rap, hip-hop, soul, and R&B). The fourth DVD, entitled "Bonus Beats," is the only one not available separately; while it's the shortest of the four (28 minutes), it's also the coolest, with six superb tracks by Moby, the Chemical Brothers, and others covering techno, acid-house, and other electronic dance styles.

There will undoubtedly be disputes about these somewhat arbitrary choices, or complaints about some of the omissions (what, no Madonna or Michael Jackson?). But those are the very things that make MTV20 worthwhile; in eschewing the obvious, the compilers have put together a package that's consistently surprising and engaging. Bonus DVD features are limited (some background info on the artists, along with a "Pop-Up Video"-style on-screen option) but effective. And seeing those MTV animated logos, commercial bumpers and other promos again is a joy. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • DVD boxed set includes bonus disc: Beats
  • Artist profiles
  • Selected discographies
  • On-screen artist and music trivia via remote control while you watch
  • Interviews and original MTV commercial bumpers

Product Details

  • Actors: MTV, Robert Palmer, Gary Numan
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 251 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005KH2H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Adam on July 17, 2001
Format: DVD
Whether or not you should buy this is really determined by your gut reaction to the concept. If the thought of owning some of your favorite videos from years past puts a smile on your face, go buy this immediately. If you hem and haw, or are unsure, pass it up. Unless you can think of a few videos on each disc that you would love to own, you are probably better off just buying your favorite disc, as the bonus DVD is rather sparse.
The videos in general are in great quality (the more recent ones look pristine), and the sound quality is fine. The little video interviews are completely forgettable however, and the 'bonus' disc really could have used some more fleshing out.
DVD is really the ideal medium for video retrospectives like this because you can skip past the ones you don't like in the blink of an eye. My one beef with the set is that you are left wondering why they didn't fill these discs up a bit more. DVDs can certainly fit more than 15 or so videos per disc, and it gets you to thinking about what deserving bands got snubbed by this retrospective.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn VINE VOICE on April 21, 2003
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ok , well when i first got this collection i was a little bit disapointed. i thought there would be more videos that really had a impact on mtv and its audience. i mean they didnt have the bugles , the didnt have micheal jackson or guns n roses or anyone else that really had some good videos for mtv but overall the collection was good and it grows on you. the pop disk is about 4 stars, with some classic new wave hits and works it way up to modern hits for mtv. the rock disk is about 3 or 4 stars, it was missing some really good videos they couldve put in there but was still pretty good. i mean they have cake and monster magnet and the cult and soundgarden on that disk. and the 3rd disk is jams, which chronicled the old school rap videos till today. and the 4rth disk is beats , which has more electronica music on it but only 5 or 6 videos. it has stuff like moby and chemical brothers. all the disks are about 4 stars and they have the old school commercials and pop up facts from mtv on it also and band statistics and bios.i would recomend this collection to anyone cause it basically covers it all almost and is good if you are looking to collect some good videos. the picture is excellent but the sound is ok. on the dvd player it sounds good but in the computer the sound is bad. but if you really like collecting videos get this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. Hart VINE VOICE on December 21, 2004
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I think this is a fairly low price for the number of videos you get. My feelings about the selection of videos are mixed. There are plenty of songs/videos I like here; there are also plenty that have the power to make me change the station when they come on. The really nice surprise, though, was the Jungle Brothers video. My husband, my brother and I weren't familiar with the song, but we loved the video--it was vastly entertaining.

I think most people can find things they like about this collection and things they don't like; I also think we can all agree that getting four decent DVDs for approximately the price of one or two is a pretty good deal.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. P. Singh on February 2, 2005
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I was very excited to get a bunch of MTV videos but upon opening the nice looking DVD case of 4 DVD's and playing every single video... I felt like throwing them in the fireplace. They are the WORST videos I have ever seen from the 80's (except maybe a handful). I cannot beleive MTV would release some of their worst videos as their hits. Someone at MTV needs to be fired. And on top of that, the audio is horrible. I mean horrible audio. DO NOY BUY THIS. I will ship it to you for 10 bucks and they are brand new. Viewed only once and will never be viewed again. I am embarassed for MTV.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex R. Sagataw on September 5, 2002
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I owned the DVD's and as a dj I think thier really good because most of the time when you wanna show the vid. you have to get blank tapes and you and to fast forward and rewind but with DVD's you can get to the song and thats why I like the Mtv 20 Years of music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
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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.
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