Joined: Sep. 2001
||Posted: Nov. 29 2004, 06:19
Just a few first impressions from my PC at work (blush-don't tell my boss, please ) with WinDVD and small PC 'tin boxes', so sound check will have to wait for home tonight - though all tracks say 'digitally remastered 2004'.
Got the DVD this morning at a local shop for 17 Eur - not a bad bargain for what I've got, except that Virgin seems to be a litle short on paper - just the sleeve sheet, with track list printed on the inside, no booklet.
It's All-region, PAL 4:3, Dolby Digital Stereo, 2:50 total, produced and designed by Abbey Road Interactive.
- Someone at Virgin put some really nice work into the menus - very pleasant to view, and I had no problem to read the titles even in the standard playback window on my 19" tube. I'll see if it's different on TV tonight.
- All those video clips not on the original Elements VHS tape are IMHO already worth every cent of it (compare the track lists! ). Full version of the TB BBC recording is gorgeous, including that we (I, at least) evetually get the full cast list at the end - was a little surprised that Pierre Moerlen was already participating.
Don Alfonso, as someone already stated somewhere else, is some Benny Hill'ish slapstick sketch, quite fitting the lyrics. Would just have been the cream topping if it had been the extended version ('hashed meat' verse missing).
Now that's already ~95 minutes of video clips, almost twice compared to the ~60 minus interviews of the original VHS Elements.
- So now the bad news - from skipping through it, 'Incantations part 1' from the 'Space Movie' is just that - nothing of 'Orchestral Hergest Ridge' or other of the otherwise unpublished tracks - sigh! Well, at least no voice-overs, just occasionally some roaring launching and exploding rockets - another 17 minutes.
- Also, no trace of the announced alternate 'Innocent' clip either.
- Follows the full Islands part of the 'Wind Chimes' tape - nothing new for me, but saves the tape - 42 more minutes of pleasure.
- Finally Mike's interview from the original Elements release, interrupted by excerpts of the music clips, total of ~13 minutes.
All in all, IMHO a perfect Christmas gift for every Oldfield fan - if it had come two weeks later, that is, since now every true fan will already have bought it long before X-Mas