Brilliant Remastering But No 5.1 Audio
Jason W. Bellenger | Byron Center, Michigan, USA | 05/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I mainly bought this DVD release for the remastered audio. The sound quality featured on this release is simply stunning. Never has the sound been better on any Human League release! The improvements are striking, notably on the earlier cuts like "Love Action" and "Mirror Man." It's hard to believe that "Don't You Want Me" was originally released in 1981 with it's depth, clarity, and bass line -- which brings me to 1986's "Human." Before this release I never knew that "Human" had such a deep, rich bass. It has always sounded light and flat in previous releases. I love to just sit back and feel the depth of the remastered audio fill my room, vibrating the walls and floors. "Mirror Man" has never had so much punch and kick. It's amazing how much the audio quality can enhance the brilliance of the recordings.
It's so nice that EMI invested so much in the remastering process. It's a shame, however, that even with the latest technology the release didn't feature DTS 5.1 surround sound audio. Considering this DVD will probably be the only League video collection for a while a 5.1 treatment would have been much appreciated.
In addition to audio the picture receives a nice remaster. The video quality of "Love Action" - filmed in 1982 - is striking considering the age. Much the same can be said of the other videos. Not all the earlier cuts are as clear as "Love Action," yet whatever distortion and artifacts that exist are expected considering much of the original source material dates from the early 1980s.
The bonus features seem a bit random, but they are nice addition to the package. Also, we get a 2003 interview with the members, covering the history of the band.
Overall, it's a nice package if you want an enhanced audio treatment for your ears -- or if you want to capture a nice chunk of the League's back video catalog."
Most Complete collection
Gary | Puerto Rico | 06/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Synth pop's first international superstars, the Human League were among the earliest and most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesizers and electronic rhythms, their marriage of infectious melodies and state-of-the-art technology proving enormously influential on countless acts following in their wake. There were some big hits in Europe and very few in U.S.. This collection covers most of their videos.
1 Circus of Death
2 Empire State Human
3 Love Action
4 Open Your Heart
5 Don't You Want Me
6 Mirror Man
7 (Keep Feeling) Fascination
9 Life on Your Own
10 Together in Electric Dreams
13 I Need Your Loving
14 Love Is All That Matters
15 Heart Like a Wheel
16 Soundtrack to a Generation
17 Tell Me When
18 One Man in My Heart
19 All I Ever Wanted
Mighty Good, but something's missin'
Dman | 05/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD collection is mighty good w/ sound, picture & visual innovation. But there is some things that are missing.
Contrary to what Phil, Joanne & Suzanne said in the interview, there was, in fact, a video made for "Sound of the Crowd", as it appeared on previous UK-only VHS collections.
& there was a 2nd version of "Don't You Want Me" made when the single was climbing the charts in America, a 2nd video was extracted from the "Electric Dreams" soundtrack album by Phil & Giorgio (Moroder) & a 2003 remix of "Don't You Want Me"
All 4 videos are missing from this otherwise entertaining DVD.
I've even sent Virgin America a letter that asks them to release this DVD in the US w/ the aformentioned videos added on.
Just wanted to point these out"
Great Video Collection for Big Fans--It's about Time!!
Jesse R | San Jose, CA | 04/06/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been waiting for this great DVD to come out for a while!! I have every album of the Human League and have been major fan since I was a teenager in the 80's. This DVD even has some rare videos, such as, "Circle of Death" and "Empire State Human", which I never saw here in the U.S.(just to name a few). I do like their popular U.S. hits ---like "Fascination", but you'll enjoy this DVD collection if your a big fan of ALL of their music (Yes, even the "odd" stuff). Some of these videos/songs were popular in Europe, and it's great to have those songs in this collection. Some of the music video's I saw for the first time! I'm so glad they included "Electric Dreams", it's one of my favorites (It was filmed in San Francisco where I grew up). If you only like a couple of songs from them, like "Don't You Want Me" or "Human", then you you might get as much enjoyment out of it.
I'm glad their still around making good music--- I Love their newest song, "All I ever Wanted" -- Yes, the League is back, and better than ever! Cheers!"