Joined: Nov. 1999
||Posted: Dec. 01 2004, 12:00
Well, bought the DVD today. And the music store told me they already had it on November 26th!! jeez
Also paid quite a lot of money (€ 28 to be exact! ). Well, here's my opinion:
On first sight a rather nice design. The menu also looks refreshing but like somebody said before the letters are rather small. Doesn't really matter though. The videos are really nice, although Abbey Road Interactive (yup) could have made a better job with Portsmouth. I can see stripes and digital lines, which doesn't make it really superb quality. It could be because of the fact that it was one of the videos which was shot in film (most video clips are shot in video).
I've got some critical points on the sound: in most video clips I hear the volume go down a little and then back up again. It's really annoying when you pay attention to it. Don Alfonso also doesn't sound really "fresh". The rest of the sound is average to good.
Now that we're talking about Don Alfonso: really FUNNY clip. It's about Don Alfonso himself who enters a spanish town on his horse and meets his sweet señora (beautifully tall lady by the way ). I don't know who wrote the video clip (maybe Mike and David), but I do know they really had as sense of humour! I won't give away too much details, you have to see it yourself!
I was rather dissapointed with To France. Virgin chose for the video clip in the studio with the audience, instead of the video clip which was recorded in the german studios (with the water and flames). As for Innocent: The non-animated videoclip is present on the DVD. Maybe the animated version is hidden somewhere? I tried to find it but did not succeed, so I fear it isn't...
Furthermore I was really happy to see William Tell Overture, Guilty, Blue Peter, Wonderful Land and Crime of Passion in this great quality. The whole of Wind Chimes is also present.
Although the interview with Mike Oldfield misses some pieces which were present on the Elements VHS! They've added some little pieces which weren't on the VHS though.
My overall rating: a MUST for every Oldfield fan! The audio could have been better and some videos could have used some better cleaning work. But I don't think most people are bothered with this, as they are happy enough to have these clips on DVD.
My word to Virgin: release the whole of Space Movie and The Essential Mike Oldfield please!!! "REFLECTIONS" would be VERY nice too, as well as the "ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE" documentry and some more live recordings of Mike. Oh yeah, did I mention the "1973 Queen Elizabeth Hall" performance?
-The mark of a good musician is to play one note and mean it-
Mike Oldfield - 1980