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Olivia Newton-John - Video Gold 1

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1. Deeper Than The Night

2. A Little More Love – (Version I)

3. Totally Hot

4. Landslide

5. Magic

6. Physical

7. Carried Away

8. A Little More Love – (Version II)

9. Recovery

10. The Promise (The Dolphin Song)

11. Love Make Me Strong

12. Stranger’s Touch

13. Make A Move On Me

14. Falling

15. Silvery Rain

16. Hopelessly Devoted To You

17. Let Me Be There (Live)

18. Please Mr. Please (Live)

19. If You Love Me, Let Me Know (Live)

Olivia Newton-John: Video Gold 1 kicks off its anthology of 19 music videos with three shorts spun from Newton-John's 1979 Totally Hot album. "Deeper Than the Night," "A Little More Love," and "Totally Hot," all directed by Alan Metter, are buoyant mini-productions. The first two are anchored by scenes of Newton-John singing in the studio and posing for publicity shots, the last video more playful as the smashing blonde turns heads on the street and dances with a hunky fellow cast as a shutterbug. The next 13 shorts, amazingly, were originally included on the video collection Physical; 10 of those are tied to tracks on Newton-John's 1981 album of the same name. (Among the other three is a post-Grease take on Newton-John's hit from that movie, "Hopelessly Devoted to You." Unfortunately, it doesn't work as a sincere performance by a mature woman, as presented here. It's hard not to hear the song, instead, as intended: A schoolgirl's sigh from a nostalgic comedy.)

Of the Physical-based (the album, that is) material, the famous video of the same name still looks clever, with Newton-John playing a sleek, aerobics devotee inspiring a lot of chubby men to exercise by jumping on them, talking into their ears, etc. A surreal streak runs through a few shorts, especially "Recovery," in which the singer rides a horse through a desert, encounters a cage full of men in tuxedoes (what a warm shoot that must have been), and wanders through a painting. The final three performances, all live and all from the Olivia in Concert video, feature some of Newton-John's best material, including the country-flavored hits "Let Me Be There" and "If You Love Me, Let Me Know." --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Olivia Newton-John
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Geffen Records
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009IWFJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Olivia Newton-John - Video Gold 1" on IMDb

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By B. Freiman on July 26, 2005
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All of the Superstar's Video Classics from "I Honestly Love You" to "Magic," "Hopelessly Devoted To You" to "Physical"

Pop icon Olivia Newton-John was one of the first and most endearing artists of the video generation. Her clips for hits such as "Deeper Than The Night," "Twist Of Fate," "Physical," "Soul Kiss," "Magic" and others became instant MTV staples. Today, many of these highly treasured videos have found a second life on VH-1.

Now, on the heels of a new tour and the June release of her first two-CD retrospective -- Olivia Newton-John - Gold (Geffen/UMe) -- the DVDs Olivia Newton-John - Video Gold I and Video Gold II (Geffen/UMe), released August 16, 2005, bring together for the first time all of the video highlights and biggest hits of this groundbreaking music video artist. Combined, the two volumes include all of her conceptual videos from the Physical, Twist Of Fate and Soul Kiss video collections plus a handful of live videos of earlier hits as well as rarities.

Featured among the 19 selections on Video Gold I are live 1982 performances (shot on her Physical tour) of the early '70s classics "Let Me Be There" (gold, #6, Grammy winner), "If You Love Me (Let Me Know)" (gold, #5) and "Please Mr. Please" (gold, #3). In 1978, she starred in Grease, the most successful movie musical in history, and this video compilation contains the video clip version of "Hopelessly Devoted To You" (#3, gold). That same year, she issued Totally Hot, which spun off the pre-MTV videos for the title track, two versions of the gold #3 "A Little More Love" and "Deeper Than The Night." Her 1980 film Xanadu yielded a blockbuster album and the #1 gold "Magic.
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Olivia was really the first Queen of the music video. Olivia was the first artist to film a music video for each track on a studio album (Physical)..Olivia was sexy, sultry and made some great dance tracks in the 80s. Like Madonna, she would reinvent herself..In the late 1970's, she came on the scene as an "Innocent Country Girl" and had many hits such as PLEASE,MISTER,PLEASE and HAVE YOU EVER BEEN MELLOW (Which, Surprised me, DOES NOT have a video clip included on the VIDEO GOLD DVDS-I'm sure there is footage of her out there performing this song on a TV show like Dinah Shore, Johnny Carson or Merv Griffin)..Then, with her good girl gone bad role in the greatest Broadway to Film version of GREASE, Olivia used the role to help reinvent herself into a sexy, sultry pop performer with the song A LITTLE MORE LOVE from her TOTALLY HOT crossover from country to pop release..She then starred in the Futuristic Disco movie Xanadu and recorded some of her best work with ELO backing her on the movie's title track, Suddenly and Magic...Then, She moved into the 1980's with the great Physical Album with a new look and utilized music videos to promote the album. She even had a great concert aired on Pay TV (I remember it was on a Pay Station called PREVIEW (This was Pre-cable & Sattelite=now, I'm dating myself), which has clips of it found on these two DVDs. Then, Olivia released Greatest Hits, VOl. 2 with tow awesome tracks TIED UP & HEART ATTACK. Almost simultaneously, I remember Olivia starred with Travolta in the movie TWO OF A KIND and OLIVIA recorded some of her best work for the soundtrack (TWIST OF FATE)=but something, or SOMEONE happened...MADONNA!!!! Madonna was a new face & body that was full of Sexuality and a new sound....Read more ›
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I just got this DVD yesterday afternoon and couldn't wait to get back home to watch it and see the insert. I started with volume I and it played all the tracks from volume II! I figured I had 2 of the same discs but realized the problem had to do with the pressing. Although each discs are labelled, coded and packaged as volume I and II, disc 1 contains the other disc's material and vice-versa. This problem should only affect the Canadian editions and will hopefully be fixed, as people buying only one out of the two volumes might not be particularly happy with their purchase!

This comes in a clear Amaray-type case and the booklet has 8 pages, including 4 full pictures. The cover is designed to represent one half of a full picture and, as the result, the artwork for volume I is reversed. The DVD menus are very simple and feature the ONJ heart logo but no Olivia pictures, except for animated previews on the tracks selection pages. The cool thing is that on top of being able to play separate songs and the whole DVD, there's also a playlist feature, giving the option to view them in a different order.

If you think all Olivia Newton-John related reviews should be 100% positive, please stop reading here.

The digital transfer for this single-layer release is very average, at best, and overly compressed. In most cases, it's better than the "20th Century Masters" DVD but very grainy for the live songs, compared to the "Olivia Live In Concert" bootleg DVD from Korea. On the plus side, the audio sounds than on the tapes and the Korean bootleg.

While the audio presents noticeable limitations due to the fact that it's only available in Dolby Digital 2.0, the worse part is the remastering. Instead of using the original audio tracks, they edited the actual album tracks.
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