Multi-platinum recording artist Reba McEntire presents, for the first-time on DVD, a complete collection of her music videos. Critically acclaimed throughout the Country music scene for her powerful and moving music videos, Reba's videos are showcased here with digitally remastered audio and visuals. She is more popular than ever, especially with her successful careers in addition to Music Television (recently completing her 5th season of Reba), Theatre (Annie Get Your Gun) and Movies (including the upcoming Christmas 2006 release of Charlotte's Web as part of an all-star cast). Volume One features six chart-topping #1 hits including ''Whoever's In New England,'' ''If You See Him / If You See Her'' and the video with a controversial ending, ''Does He Love You.'' Guest artists include Linda Davis and Brooks & Dunn.
Twenty years' worth of country superstar Reba McEntire's engaging music videos are included on Reba: Video Gold 1
. The first thing that stands out is their consistent production quality. There isn't a single video from, say, the 1980s--an era that left a lot of artists with embarrassing promotional artifacts--in this collection, beginning with the 1986 "Whoevers In New England," which casts McEntire as a stay-at-home wife whose busy husband may be cheating on her during business trips. "Sunday Kind of Love" takes a very different approach, setting its pop ballad in a World War II ballroom while, elsewhere, a wounded husband returns home from the war. Another unexpected setting accompanies McEntires cover of Don Everlys "Cathys Clown," in which the songs hard questions about a jilted man are transferred to the Wild West. "Fancy" is the biggest cliché in this anthology, in which Reba plays a big star returning to her rustic roots, while "Is There Life Out There" finds her portraying a beleaguered waitress trying to go to school and be a devoted wife and mother all at once. (Huey Lewis plays her spouse.)
"Does He Love You," a duet with Linda Davis, is a fairly tortured story of a man in love with both of the women singing the song. It feels silly, but the whole thing is ultimately played for a laugh. (Rob Reiner, of all people, makes a little cameo appearance.) "Why Haven't I Heard from You" is the most fun video here, a sassy musical set in a Grecian beauty parlor; McEntires appealing but comically rubber face proves a lot of fun. "If You See Him/If You See Her," a duet with Brooks and Dunn, is a very satisfying performance with a little story that finds Kix Brooks playing a mutual friend to both ex-lovers Ronnie Dunn and McEntire. Things take a sentimental turn toward the end with McEntires cover of Kenny Rogers' "Sweet Music Man," as well as "What Do You Say" (a maudlin story of a mom dying of cancer) and "He Gets That from Me" (the story of a mother and son getting by after the death of the family patriarch). --Tom Keogh