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A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition)
A Bug's Life (Collector's Edition)
DVD ~ Kevin Spacey
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent special edition!, December 26, 1999
In Short: So you're wondering, is this 2 DVD set worth $49.99? Read on...
The Movie:
Original Film Review, Written On The Film's Opening Weekend:
The second of the Fall's animated insect projects wasn't nearly as appealing to me as the first. "A Bug's Life" boasts outstanding animation, but a lackluster and predictable plot. Possibly I just felt that way as an adult and maybe it's just my cynical nature, but I doubt I wouldn't have found this film just as predictable when I was younger.
That said, all that's left is to sit back and marvel at the animation put together by the same group that put together "Toy Story" a couple of years ago, Pixar. There's definitely a sense of wonder, terror and awe in the animation in scenes like when a bird comes into the ant colony for an attack, or when one of the ants rides a dandelion spore across a great divide. There's one major difference here in the animation from "Antz", it's that the animation here is rounded and safe, much like the plot and story; in "Antz", structures had interesting shapes and edges; you never knew what to expect next from the film.
This film has great moments, like when the ants can't figure out how to get around a leaf that has fallen in front of them(although I didn't quite get that, since I would think the ants could see over the leaf, but I guess I was putting too much thought into it.) As many great visual moments as the film has, I just couldn't help feel that it's trapped by the Disney formula of one unlikely hero rising above "it all" to save the day. That's definitely nothing new to filmmaking, but there's a certain Disney plot line that makes everything that's about to happen fairly obvious to an adult before they set foot in the theater.
The story is set around Flik, a young inventor ant who is voiced by Dave Foley(TV's "Newsradio"). That's where the film loses bite; "Antz" had an edgy, funny lead in Z(Woody Allen), Foley doesn't bring any of the wit and cynicism that his television character holds. Julia Louis Dreyfuss, who voices Princess Atta, the ant, isn't nearly as funny or sassy as Sharon Stone's ant princess in "Antz". The one character who does turn out quite well is Hopper, the king of the Tyrant grasshoppers, who is voiced by Kevin Spacey, who provides a perfect dose of menace in his voice to make the character interesting.
The film starts out with the ant colony collecting food for the grasshoppers, like usual. In an unfortunate mistake, Flik spills all the food. The grasshoppers, led by Hopper, demand that the ants provide twice the food by the end of Summer; not content to walk away, Flik sets out to find bigger insects in the insect city to help the colony fight back against the grasshopper menace; who he finds are, unknown to him, a band of circus insects, who, in turn, don't know that they're being hired to fight in a war against the grasshoppers.
Again, the animation is wonderful and, to be honest, although it's more safe feeling than "Antz", "A Bug's Life" does do a better job at providing the scope of this miniature world, from the leaves and grass to the stones and ant tunnels. The only thing I didn't quite care for was the way the ants are animated here; they looked more real to me in "Antz", here they look meant to sell a thousand Disney toys. I did like the fact that the film is in the wide 2.35:1 ratio, making the wide spaces of the grassy colony and the insect city more fascinating to watch.
In conclusion, "A Bugs Life" will provide families with a good time for a few hours and actually, maybe I just didn't quite care for this film because I'm simply not its intended audience. The legions of kids seemed to like the film and, in reality, the majority of kids will likely enjoy this film; adults may find it just okay. I'm not sure if either will find it as enjoyable or as funny as Pixar's previous film, "Toy Story", though.
The DVD
VIDEO: Goregous 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that is a direct-digital transfer and I really can't think of a disc that has more impressive image quality. As good as "Prince Of Egypt"is, this anamorphic transfer turns out to be just a touch better. Images are absolutely razor sharp throughout the presentation, and detail is absolutely outstanding. There is also a depth and dimension to this image that is remarkable. Don't get me started on the colors; you have to see them to believe how stunning they look. Colors are absolutely vibrant and even breathtaking during this movie. They also look a little bit stronger than one the image quality that was included with the previous, movie-only edition.
There are absolutely no flaws to speak of during this presentation. No shimmer, nothing in the way of artifacts like that at all. If you're looking for a disc that shows off the capabilities of DVD in terms of picture quality, there really isn't anything more perfect than this.
SOUND:Fascinating detail in the sounds of the ants creeping up the stalks of grass in the begining of the film. The sound is not only agressive and full of wonderful effects, but it has a playfulness about it that's incredibly fun to listen to. It's all in the details, though and there are plenty here. Like "Antz", the environment and ambient noise seems to be built with phenomenal attention to even the littlest of details. The sounds of little ants running about is rendered wonderfully and throughout all of it, there's even some nice touches of bass, especially when a bird attacks the insect colony. Dialogue is clear, clean and is integrated nicely. Randy Newman's score sounds wonderful as well. A very pleasing presentation by Disney. What's really amazing on this DVD is the additional sound tracks that you can listen to. On the full frame edition, you can listen to a seperate track that is an isolated effects track, where there is no dialogue or music, but you hear every single sound effect and where it's placed in the sound field. This additional effects track is in Dolby Digital 5.1 and included on the full screen version. On the widescreen version, the extra track is a 2.0 isolated score. I wish the FX track was with the widescreen and the score was with the full-screen, but oh well. What I'll also complain about is that the audio can't be changed with the remote.
MENUS:: Phenomenal animated menus during the disc for the film itself, but even more stunning animation greets you when you first turn on the 2nd DVD, as you're lead through the ant tunnels into the Pixar screening room where you're given an introduction by the director and three other members of the "Bug's Life" crew. Some of the sub-menus are not animated, but most of the main ones are, at least slightly.
EXTRAS:. Commentary: This is a commentary track from director John Lasseter, editor Lee Unkrich and co-director Andrew Stanton. The trio mainly talk about the inspirations behind the research that the crew did for how their film was going to take a look into the world of an insect. Like the commentary from "Antz", the filmmakers start talking a little bit about the science aspects of the world of bugs, but they cut that topic off and thankfully, focus more about the technical and story aspects of the movie. I didn't find it overall as informative or entertaining as the "Antz" commentary, but there are plenty of cool details and tidbits offered up throughout. I just felt that this commentary talked more about the story than the technical details.
The three are quite funny as well, talking about making the character of Flik a big geek, then going on to mention that "we didn't have to do too much research for that." The group talks a lot about the ideas for Flik and the concepts that they had not only for the character, but how he would interact with the rest of the characters in the story. In terms of story and plot talk, the more interesting details are about what we didn't see , as the animators talk about coming up with story details that didn't make it into the final picture or talking about the process of coming up with the story, as they talk quite a bit about how scenes were thought out and built. If the commentators are going to talk about the story more than the details, I'd rather hear about the meetings behind-the-scenes where the concepts were thought out or what didn't make it into the final plot rather than talking about just what is going on on-screen or what the characters are thinking. It's not a bad commentary by any means, but I lost interest through some parts of the discussion.
DVD TWO: THE EXTRA FEATURES The additional features on this disc are broken down into sections of the animation process. I'm going to go into detail about what each section contains. This second DVD has a running time of 107 minutes.
PRE-PRODUCTION: "Fleabie" Reel: There is an introduction to this additional feature, where the crew talks about how they came up with this film that showed a strage little character named Fleabie taking the tour of the animation stu


The General's Daughter
The General's Daughter
DVD ~ John Travolta
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent movie, but enjoyable DVD edition, December 26, 1999
This review is from: The General's Daughter (DVD)
In Short: Enjoyable special edition of the Travolta hit from this past Summer. The commentary track is a dissapointment, though.
The Movie:
I actually liked director Simon West's first film, the action thriller "Con Air". It certainly wasn't anything that was Oscar-worthy, but it had a visual style that I found interesting, and it certainly kept with the "Michael Bay" style that directors that work with producer Jerry Bruckheimer("Armageddon") are known to have mass quantities of.
John Travolta stars in this film (based on the bestselling novel) as millitary investigator Paul Brenner, who we first meet as he's working undercover, using a very funny Southern accent while trying to catch some nasty arms dealers. He meets Captain Elizabeth Campbell one night while trying to fix a flat tire. Soon though, he finds himself investigating her murder after her body is found on the army base. More is soon revealed as the woman is revealed to be the daughter of the General(James Cromwell). Finding himself with a new partner in his old girlfriend, Sarah Sunderland(Madeline Stowe), the two interview many of the base's occupants, including another suspicious offer (James Woods), and find that there's more to the woman's past than they first thought.
Although not all of the characters are terribly well-developed (especially Stowe's), they generally do a fine job with the roles they're given. Travolta especially gives another very strong and actually, quite smart performance coming after another excellent job in "A Civil Action". Travolta also has some fine battles of conversation versus Wood's character that are some of the movie's highlights.
The movie does an above average job of presenting average material. It's material that's not terribly new or original, but the performances are good, and as I said before, West (along with cinematographer Peter Menzies, Jr., who also filmed such movies as "Die Hard 3" and "Hard Rain") is able to build an intensely watchable visual style. Pace is generally good, but sometimes the movie does get a little slow. "The General's Daughter" is one of those films where the performances and direction help to make otherwise so-so material entertaining.
The DVD
VIDEO: Although this isn't quite the best disc I've seen from Paramount in terms of image quality, it's certainly still a very excellent effort. With the exception of a few small problems, this is a really strong, really beautiful looking transfer. The 2.35:1 anamorphic image contains very strong, bold colors that look excellent on this DVD, and detail is excellent throughout. The image captures the sort of sun-soaked, warm feel of the scenes very well. Flesh tones are natural and accurate with no problems. Contrast is very good as well.
Images remain well defined and pleasingly bright throughout, and even the night scenes or dimly lit scenes in the movie contain a good amount of detail. The only flaw that I noticed with this image was the occasional instance of shimmering, although these instances were not terribly distracting. Aside from a few small flaws, "The General's Daughter" is another example of how Paramount has turned around since earlier this year and has really been doing consistently strong work on each of their DVD efforts. SOUND Although many scenes in the "General's Daughter" revolve around intense scenes of dialogue, there is also a fine helping of action, and these scenes give the sound mix a chance to do some strong work. Most of the action scenes make effective use of the surrounds and make for a highly enveloping and highly enjoyable experience. Excellent score by Carter Burwell("Three Kings", "Being John Malkovich") sounds rich and clear and dialogue has no problems either, coming through crystal clear.
MENUS:: Heavily animated main menus take the viewer nicely into the movie. There is also animation when you make a choice on the main menu.
EXTRAS: Commentary: This is a commentary track from director Simon West. The commentary does sound very much like the director is reading something that he's written while watching the film (which "Mrs. Doubtfire" director Chris Columbus also did for the commentary on that film), although I'm not sure that this is the case. Still, it's a somewhat interesting commentary track at times, with West pointing out a lot of the details of the production, with notes that I found quite interesting, such as discussion towards the begining of the track about how West and cinematographer Peter Menzies, Jr. made their choices for the style of lighting. West also touches again a couple of times on the visual style that he and Menzies were able to achieve on this picture.
I say it's a dissapointing commentary though (and I don't say that about too many commentaries), because although West does provide some interesting details when he speaks, it becomes apparent early on in this track that this is going to be one of those commentaries that contain its fair share of pauses between discussion. Although some sections of the commentary contain a fairly decent amount of discussion, there were some pauses during this talk that were long enough to make me wonder if the commentary was still going on, which I found dissapointing. It seemed as if the pauses became more frequent as the track went on.
Other things that West touches on during the discussion are his thoughts on the various actors as well as how some of the effects were done. He also offers a number of entertaining and informative stories about what went on during the filming of certain scenes throughout. What became a little annoying was the fact that West falls back occasionally on simply commenting on what's going on on-screen, and that gets a little dull. Don't get me wrong: I appreciate greatly that Paramount put a commentary track as an addition to this DVD, but really, it's definitely not one of the better commentaries I've heard this year.
Deleted Scenes: These are 5 deleted scenes that are 10 minutes in length.Two make up the romantic element between John Travolta and Madeline Stowe's characters. Director Simon West decided that this part of the story should not be included in the final film, and before the scenes begin, we hear him tell why. The others are fairly interesting additions showing more of Travolta's investigation. The 2nd Stowe/Travolta scene is an alternate ending to the film.
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette: More of a "documentary", I'd say: this is a 20 minute "behind-the-scenes" look at the making of this movie. The usual elements are of course included: we get interviews with the majority of the cast as well as director Simon West. There are some interesting details offered about the production, such as the intense heat and conditions that had to be contended with during filming as well as a look at some of the sets that had to be built for this movie. We also get a sneak peek at some of the special props that were brought in for this picture. I really liked a lot of how this documentary takes the viewer for a "behind-the-scenes" look at how a lot of the filming was done, with sequences that show the various cameras used at work.
Of course, there are also talks about the characters and the relationships that they have, and interviews with the actors generally fill out the details on who they play and what they do. A very nicely done documentary and a fine addition to the DVD.
Trailers: The teaser and theatrical trailers are included.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Final Thoughts The movie isn't too bad, and the image/sound quality is very enjoyable, but the commentary track I felt was dissapointing. The documentary and the deleted scenes do make nice additions, though. Worth a look as a rental.


Run Lola Run
Run Lola Run
DVD ~ Franka Potente
Offered by MediaNett
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding DVD - great soundtrack, December 26, 1999
This review is from: Run Lola Run (DVD)
In Short: One of the year's very best films - and Tristar has put together an excellent DVD.
The Movie:
I was stunned from the first minute and 81 minutes later, I'm still exhilarated. "Run Lola Run" is a wildly stylish German thriller that takes the visual thrills that were presented in this year's "Go" and takes that kind of energy down to the essentials. From the opening frame, the movie never stops. Music pounds away, urging it onward to an almost unreal pace.
The plot is simple and we're thrown into it from the very begining - Lola (Franka Portente) recieves a call from her boyfriend Manni that he lost a bag with 100,000 marks that he was supposed to deliver. If he doesn't come up with the money in 20 minutes, he's dead. The movie screams at you; throws almost every trick in the book at you, even shows sequences as cartoons.
And so Lola begins her run - faster and faster, with an incredibly surreal and wonderful style cutting the pieces together. When Lola bumps into someone, we see (via snapshots) what happened to that person after she bumped into them. Potente makes a fantastic lead actress - there is an urgency in every word, every emotion, that makes us want her to win in the end. The story has alternate versions of what could happen as it spins around on itself, thrusting forward yet again. "Run Lola Run" is unlike anything I've ever seen - it's a rush of energy unlike anything in film in the past couple of years, and I think it's really one of the best films of 1999.
The DVD
VIDEO: Tristar does it again - a fantastic looking anamorphic transfer letterboxed at 1.85:1 that has wonderfully clear images and displays excellent detail. Some of the movie was shot on different film mediums and although they don't look quite as sharp, they still remain strong. The movie has a fairly pale color palette, with the exception a flare of bright color that pops up, mainly of Lola's bright red hair, which looks vibrant and rich as she speeds throughout the city. Although the movie flies by, the picture is sharp enough to appreciate the architecture of Berlin, even if only for a passing moment.
There really aren't any flaws to speak of that I saw - this is an incredibly clear and sharp looking image with no shimmering or other similar problems. Aside from maybe one or two very tiny marks on the print, this is a beautiful looking transfer. Fantastic work from Tristar. A full-frame edition is also included on the flip side.
SOUND One of the main elements of the movie is the pounding techno soundtrack and it's also the main highlight of the sound mix, coming through wonderfully, sounding intense and dynamic, with good bass. There's also some very good uses of the surrounds on occasion. Both the German and English sound mixes are included and I found it kind of interesting to watch the English version and watch the subtitles to see what the original version is. Dialogue sounds clear in either language. Again, the music is really the highlight and it really powers the movie along.
MENUS:: Stylish but non-animated menus that are easy to navigate.
EXTRAS: Commentary: This is a commentary track from actress Franka Portente and director Tom Twyker. What I enjoyed most about listening to it was how much fun the two seemed to be having discussing the movie and how energetically they offered comments about the picture. It's really quite an interesting commentary and as I finished up watching the movie itself for the first time I was particularly excited to hear the two talk about how they made a lot of the movie.
I definitely wasn't dissapointed. Although the commentary has a fairly relaxed feel, the two manage to discuss much of what I was looking for - the director offers a lot of particularly fascinating notes, mainly amount how a lot of the film's visual effects and camera tricks were achieved. He also talks about the importance of music in the picture and how the concepts for the film's music were brought to life. The actress talks a lot about how experiences in the film, mainly about how she had to run ...and run...and run. A lot of scenes of Lola running had to be shot more than once from more than one angle, exhausting for the actress. She also points out, along with the director, a lot of the German actors who star in the picture and their history. Some commentators spend too much time pointing out who's who in the film (such as the Farrelly Brothers on both of their commentaries) and thankfully, the two commentators don't do that here. In fact, I found a lot of the tidbits that were pointed out about the various actors to be quite interesting.
Again, I really liked this commentary. The two are energetic and sound like they're having fun talking about the picture. This is my first time seeing the movie and I really found it highly enjoyable - I look forward to future films from both of them.
Also: Music video, trailers for "Run Lola Run", "Orlando" and "Dreamlife Of Angels" as well as talent/production notes.
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Final Thoughts A must see.


The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption
DVD ~ Tim Robbins
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314 of 345 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Although not a special edition, still a fine DVD, December 22, 1999
This review is from: The Shawshank Redemption (DVD)
The Movie:
Every so often in everyone's life, they walk out of a movie that they consider perfect. A movie where you don't sit through it and think to yourself how you might have done it all differently had you been the director. I have a couple of movies like that, and "The Shawshank Redemption" is one of them. I still remember clearly walking out of the theater in 1994 and thinking that I've just seen one of the best movies that I'll ever have the pleasure of sitting through. A movie so elegant and emotional that is perfect in its way of storytelling. A movie that is about how hope can never die. The movie earned several Academy Award nominations that were certainly well-deserved, but it left theaters all too quickly. Over the years though, it has gained a strong cult following.
The movie stars Tim Robbins in one of his very best performances as Andrew Dufresne, a quiet man who is convicted of the murder of his wife and is sent to Shawshank prison. It's there he meets "Red", a convict played by Morgan Freeman who gets things from the outside for a price. He first sees Andy as he's lead into the prison and predicts that he won't last long inside the prison walls. Over time though, he's suprised that the young man is able to survive and soon, the two become friends with respect for each other. Andy is not a man who "fights the system". He spends his days in his own quiet world, a courage that the other prisoners don't quite understand at first. Robbins has built this character in a way that we the performance is not showy, but subtle. The result is that we want to know more and when we do begin to understand his ways, that only makes us want him to succeed that much more. I won't go into much more in the way of detail about the movie; if you haven't seen it, I don't want to ruin any of the enjoyment of the movie; if you have, I'm sure you already have your feelings about the movie. This is a movie that's not depressing; it has a lot of life to it and I think that when they look back at the 90's, they will see that this is one of the best pictures that was released during this time.
Yes, Warner Brothers has proven to made an error in judgement about their way of going about putting this DVD out. There was an announcement over a year ago, I believe; then previous announcements came later after the first delay promising a director's commentary, then a Morgan Freeman commentary, then, in the final moments before the DVD is released this week...nothing. It's a shame, as "Shawshank" is a film deserving of much more. I suppose part of me is happy with the fact that this film is finally on DVD, although if this is the final product, there is no reason in my mind that this couldn't have been released a long, is an excellent looking image. One of the best cinematographers in the business (Roger Deakins- "Fargo") did the filming on this picture and the pale colors are represented well throughout the picture, mainly browns and greys. Like the movie, there is an elegance to the visual style on this picture that is apparent in every movie that Deakins has worked on. Images are clear and crisp throughout; sharp, but not overly sharp for a "smooth" feeling that looks very film-like.
There are few problems, and none of them are terribly distracting at all. There is a slight shimmering in a scene or two and some very small instances of grain. Other than that, this is an excellent looking image that will certainly beautiful sound mix. It's also a newly remastered 5.1 mix. It's not flashy or showy, nor does it need to be. It does however, do what it needs to do best very well. The score by Thomas Newman is absolutely wonderful and it sounds clear and crisp throughout the picture. Surrounds are put into use occasionally, but always in a subtle way that is right for the picture. What I was pleased about most though, was how rich and clean the score sounded on this DVD. Dialogue is clear and without problems as well. Again, Non-animated main menus that have the score playing in the dissapointment of this DVD; all that's included is the trailer and some production stills.
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Final Thoughts Although it's unfortunate that this isn't the special edition that it should have been it is a must for any collection. I'm happy the film is finally being realized by more and more people as a classic piece of filmmaking, which I've always considered it to be.
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The Real World You Never Saw, Hawaii (1999)
The Real World You Never Saw, Hawaii (1999)
DVD ~ Ruthie Alcaide
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Commentary by Puck is hilarious., December 22, 1999
In Short: Worth it for the commentary from former "Real Worlder" Puck.
Real World has been one of the most popular shows on MTV, and although I was a fan of the first couple of casts, some of the casts afterwards argued with each other to the point of annoying. "Road Rules" proved to be more interesting as it took the "Real World" concept on the road, but still, the casts got a little annoying.
I did begin to watch the most recent "Real World", which provided a few fun moments and a cast that wasn't arguing 99% of the time. Since I started watching late in the episodes, I was kinda interested in this little documentary that takes a look at what you "didn't see" on the show. The cast members discuss what went on and then we see a lot of the edited footage - unfortunately, the edited footage is edited. The nudity is "blurred" and the cursing is bleeped. The footage itself is slightly entertaining, but the documentary isn't the best thing about this DVD. I'll talk about the most hilarious part of this disc later in this review.
The picture quality is good, nothing special. It's just what you'd expect from a TV- type show. Same with the sound, clear and no problems. What's really the very best part of this DVD is the special features. For those who remember a couple of "real world"'s back, you'll remember the character who got kicked out of the house, Puck and how insane he was. Puck contributes the audio commentary for this documentary and it's nothing short of hilarious. It's an "R-rated" commentary that's insanely funny, ripping into the series and making fun of what the characters are doing on-screen. I laughed loudly quite a few times during the commentary, it's just insanely funny. If you didn't see the "Real World" that Puck starred in, imagine if Beavis from "Beavis and Butthead" was doing a commentary for this documentary. Definitely one of the most hilarious commentaries I've heard in a while.
There's also little cast bios and the ability to watch a little clip of the audition tapes for each of the cast members and a little photo gallery. All in all the documentary was a bit lame, but the Puck commentary alone earns this disc a.. Grade:B- All in all, maybe a rental if you're a fan of the show.


Time Out with Britney Spears
Time Out with Britney Spears
DVD ~ Britney Spears
Price: $9.99
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fantastic package - fans of the singer will enjoy, December 22, 1999
This review is from: Time Out with Britney Spears (DVD)
Liking Britney Spears is something that you don't admit to, or at least most don't. My view of her is a matter of "if it's on the radio, it's actually kinda catchy. I'm not buying the album or anything, but the music is pretty decent." (half my readers are now laughing at me.) Imagine my suprise when I turned on this DVD and was really very impressed with the quality of the presentation.
First thing I took a look at were the music videos. "Drive Me Crazy", "Baby, One More Time" and "Sometimes" are all presented in full-screen and look quite good, with impressive clarity and razor sharp images without any problems. What is really nice though on the music videos, was that you're offered the choice in terms of sound of either 2.0 or the full 5.1. 5.1, especially on "Baby, One More Time", sounded really quite excellent. All of the songs really sound crisp, clear, rich and carry a very nice amount of bass.
When I first was looking around on this DVD, I thought it was simply a compilation of various tidbits(videos, notes, etc), but I realized that the main feature on this DVD is actually a 55 minute documentary on the history of the singer. The documentary is fairly interesting, with Spears talking about the documentary footage or various photos that are shown. Everything is split into chapters, with a look at the making of the 3 music videos; recording the album; a look at some concert footage and more. The last part is footage from Spears's Disney Channel concert. This can also be viewed separately. Chapter selection for the documentary is also fully animated.
Onto everything else; there is a 15 minute "behind-the-scenes" look with interviews with Spears and a look at her recording in the studio. The documentary also gives a very nice look in-depth at the making of two of Spears's music videos("Sometimes" and "Drive Me Crazy".). Also included are a photo gallery, biography(text) and trivia game(which I failed, I think.). During all of the videos and performances, viewers have the option of the lyrics as subtitles. The DVD also offers web links for DVD-rom users.
Even the menus are really nice, with full animation on all menus and when you're in the music video menu, all of the videos play in the video selection menu. "Drive Me Crazy" also plays in the background of the menus. Amazingly, there's also a really nice "help" feature that literally takes you through the entire disc. Fans of the singer will probably go nuts for this disc.
Yeah, the music is not really my kind of music or anything but I really was able to appreciate the quality of this whole package. It's not one of those things where a few music videos are thrown together with basic menus; I think that there's a very nice effort put into this DVD and I was really pleasantly suprised.
Grade:B+


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