On its 20th anniversary, MTV brings you an over-the-top compilation of groundbreaking music videos that made MTV the cultural touchstone now watched by over 300 million viewers in 139 countries. Songs: Cars (Gary Numan), I... more » 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.« less
Kevinduran | Indianapolis, Indiana USA | 07/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a strange selection of videos! Most everything here is from the 80's, and they are clips that I'm glad to finally have on DVD (there are TONS of notable things missing though- no Duran Duran, no Kajagoogoo, no Toni Basil, no ABC, no Bananarama, no Siouxsie And The Banshees, no Pet Shop Boys, I could just go on and on...). Lionel Richie's putrid "All Night Long" video should have been left in the video attic... it seems extremely out of place on this collection. Two of the 90's videos here, Aqua's "Barbie Girl" and Smash Mouth's "Walking On The Sun" could have easily been made in the 80's; they are visually appealing and don't seem to be too out of place. K-Ci and Jojo are also WAY out of place here. I've barely even heard of them! There is a sticker on this DVD that says that old MTV promo bumpers are also included on this DVD, but I think I counted only 2 or 3 of them here, and they weren't even particularly memorable ones. (Check out the videotape "I Want My MTV!" to see all of those- that's a great collection that needs to come out on DVD.) Most of the 80's videos on this DVD could have used a little cleaning up as well... the picture is not as clear on those than that of the later videos. Regardless, I'm happy to have these videos on DVD. MTV should investigate doing some sort of an 80's music video collection- I'm sure there are tons of people that would be into that sort of thing. This DVD sort of touches on that, but it would be nice to see a lot more!"
EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!!
Kevinduran | 04/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually, 3 of the 15 vids i didn't care for. BUT, the other 13 are PHENOMINAL. Due to your varying taste for talent and good music, I won't mention which 3 I prefer to pass when I play it.....you'd probably be surprised. To those of you Mtv fans too young to have heard of some of these gems, give em' a chance and get this great DVD. You might find it interesting to map what kind of Artist's started and continued Mtv's journey of popularity. Although i've seen it mentioned that Aqua - Barbie Girl is 90's, I saw it for the first time on this DVD and loved it!Some years ago, i drifted from Mtv to VH1, and eventually drifted from VH1 to no longer desire cable....too much reality stuff and lack of talent it seems to me, but that's just my opinion. Are we being force-fed so-called talent these days? Who knows!What I do know is whoever put together this great collection of videos is o.k. in my book. There are still 100's, may even thousands of videos from the 80's I still desire (maybe even some 90's) ... keep making them, the DVD's that is! I'd love to see on DVD with Mariah Carey and Fabolous "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" from the VH1 Vogue fashion award show. Mariah looks really HOT in that performance.Wouldn't it be cool if we could just call the Mtv VIDEO VAULT at 800 number, or go to website, and compile own selection of vids to put on DVD and order it? If there were a thousand videos, i'd prolly want at least 500 of them. If 10 vids per DVD were the limit, I'd definitey purchase at least 50 DVD's. To name just a few, I'm still looking to purchase DVD's with Billy Idol, Info Society, Corey Hart, Steve Perry, Aretha Franklin, Bananarama, Culture Club, Dead Or Alive, Bronski Beat, etc....the list seems endless!!! But for now I guess I'm stuck purchasing sole-artist compilations (Duran Duran Greatest a great selection i might add)."
Some good songs but still a mediocre package
Kevinduran | 08/30/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, everyone has his/her own taste in music. Personally I like the 80's videos here (well, most of them; I always HATED "In A Big Country") but could do without all of the 90's stuff. I agree with the previous reviewers that MTV/Image should have put out one 80's volume and one for the 90's.
The real reason I give this collection only 3 stars, however, is the mediocre production value. The "extras" are very minimal. More importantly, though this disc boasts DD 5.1 sound, it's pretty difficult to tell that anything is coming from the surrounds OR center channel. It sounds like just a little reverb was put in those channels. I purchased this collection expecting to get remixes of some of the big hits of the 80's and instead I got something which sounds pretty much like the cd copies I already have. Perhaps I'm unlike many people, but I can't really WATCH the same video over and over, so the visuals are of secondary importance to me.
I know it is possible to create true 5.1 remixes at this price point: Sony did it for Sade and Cyndi Lauper dvd's, and Silverline is doing dvd-audio remixes of the Capitol/EMI catalog. Why the producers of this package chose to use 5.1 channels but utilized the surrounds and center so poorly is a mystery to me."
A nice, if uneven, collection of videos.
John A. Bolsar | New York City | 08/17/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Don't let my three star review fool you: I do like this DVD, it's just an odd collection. It has some classic 80's clips on it, which is the main reason why I bought it. But then, it goes from 1985 to one song from 1990, then a bunch from 1997! Very weird. I wish they would have done one for the 80's and another for the 90's. And the K-Ci & JoJo clip, while a nice song, seems very out of place on this package. My guess is that they tried to license some better stuff, but this is all they could get. The mastering is nice, as are the menus. Some good bio info on each band, although I did notice a few mistakes, which always drives me crazy! It's not hard to properly research this stuff, people! However, I'm still glad I bought it."
Pleasant mix for pop lovers
paul lacey | Bossley Park, NSW Australia | 03/22/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Reasonable mix of hits from the past... sometimes a few songs are added to the confuse people.... i personally like 8 of the songs on this dvd...a few others are rated passable....
The sound quality is good on various tracks specially the British band Chumbawamba... Tubthumping...The great song with lyrics "whisky drink" brings back old memmories of pubs in England blasting this great oldie out... on a saturday night...
This dvd is ok if you like listen to a general mix of different sounds..."