Beginning December 31, CNN will present Millennium 2000--one hundred hours of comprehensive global news coverage of millennium-related events and turn-of-the-century issues. This two-hour video will highlight the New Year'... more »s Eve program that covers celebrations and New Year's Day interviews from the world's greatest cities--Paris, London, Rome, Sydney, New York, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Madrid, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, and more! CNN's Millennium 2000 will draw from the full resources of CNN's 35 bureaus and its more than 800 affiliates and 4,000 news professionals.« less
"I just got finished reading some of the other negative reviews when my copy arrived in the mail. I started watching with a positive attitude saying, "how bad could it really be." We'd all seen at least some of the coverage on TV and it was ok. Well, let me say this... it was THAT bad. (I won't even get into the sound and video quality as other reviewers did) Some of the irrelevant commentary from the live broadcast that you'd surely think they would have edited out... they included. Then left out important footage such as: North America's first (St. John's Newfoundland) and Other noteables like: Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, etc. One of the most impressive fireworks displays (Paris) got hacked to pieces. The best examples of the lunacy are the arguments of who's party is better Washington or New York, and the part in the NY subway where we witness a millennium milestone - drunk teenagers screaming as some poor girl gets made a fool of by a reporter. I was expecting something more of a documentary type production with narrative commentary and music over the amazing video images, but instead we got bits and pieces of the live video feeds awkwardly spliced together and poorly edited. There isn't even any kind of notes or booklet inside. I really feel embarassed for CNN. This is very unprofessional and quite frankly a waste of money. Let me say in closing that as soon as one of the more reputable TV networks comes out with their own video, this useless piece of plastic will adorn the bottom of my trash can. I'm very disappointed."
CNN 2000 - A Disappointment
Laurance E. Butler | Houston, Texas | 01/17/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, the program was only 1 hr. 14 min. long. Secondly, instead of fully showing most of the cities, they kept the "live" format, jumping from place to place. Naturally, except for the occasional split screen, only ONE place can be shown live at midnight. The others show ongoing, post-midnight celebrations. I'll wait for someones presentations of each city in it's fullest, thank you."
How not to make a DVD
Lloyd Cualoping | Walnut, CA USA | 02/04/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD is an example of how one should NOT be done. The video quality is on the level of VHS, or even worse, something taped straight off the air with a bad antenna. The menu is very simplistic and the whole disc seems to have been rushed out in order to cash in on the millenium memorabilla craze. I would have expected better from CNN, being the "world news leader". The footage could have been remastered and cleaned up and more time could have been spent polishing it. Buy this disk if you absolutely have to own a record of the Y2K New Year's celebrations."
Best footage was left on the cutting room floor!
Lloyd Cualoping | 01/31/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There was so much CNN advertising on this video they should have paid me to watch it! In Berlin did I want to see the still shot photo and name of the reporter plastered on the screen, covering up the fireworks display going on in the background (along with other CNN graphics)? That's reporter and network vanity at its worst. They totally lost the captivating effect that Paris had when I watched it originally on TV, no we had to see it micro-sized down into a box. Show Paris and then follow it up with Rome. They ruined both by trying to squeeze them on the screen together. Then there were the close up shots of Big Ben through most of the celebrations in London, we missed so much staring at that clock! San Francisco had to share a split screen with 3 other cities. Truly frustrating watching this, especially if you saw it live on TV and you knew what they left out."
James Martin | Nashville, TN United States | 01/26/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This disc should have been a wonderful record of the world's celebrations as I remembered watching on TV. Instead I have a God-awful piece of trash that looks like it was edited on New Year's Day by someone still hungover. Never has so much wonderful source material been mangled, butchered, and just plain disrespected! This disc should have been done with at least some eye to future generations. A real downer. Avoid at all costs!"