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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Police - Every Breath You Take (The Videos)
Police - Every Breath You Take (The Videos)
Universal // Unrated // March 18, 2003
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted March 20, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Videos: Roxanne, Can't Stand Losing You, Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, Don't Stand So Close To Me, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Invisible Sun, Spirits in the Material World, Every Breath You Take, Wrapped Around Your Finger.


The DVD

VIDEO: All of the videos on this compilation are presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, their original aspect ratio. Taken from various years, the quality can vary wildly throughout the program. The B & W "Every Breath You Take" looks fantastic, with an intentionally soft look, but solid clarity and no wear present. "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You" manage respectable clarity, but some specks and marks are present at various points throughout. "Message in a Bottle" suffers from noticable softness and about as much as wear (if not more) as can be viewed in "Can't Stand Losing You". Compression artifacts weren't spotted throughout the videos, nor were any instances of edge enhancement - the only issue to contend with was wear.

SOUND: "Every Breath You Take" is presented by Universal/A & M records in Dolby 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. These are not basic remixes with some reverb/echo in the rear speakers, but carefully remixed presentations that spread out the music around the room in highly entertaining fashion. According to the booklet, the 5.1 remixes by David Tickle that were used for the DTS 5.1 CD release were used again here, so those familiar with that release will know what to expect and those unfamiliar with it will be in for a treat. Songs that were not present on that DTS CD have been remixed by Bob Ludwig, who does a very fine job with the tracks that he's worked on.

The surround presentations for all of the videos represent an energetic, fresh new way to listen to the material, especially some of the tracks that David Tickle had previously remixed for 5.1. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" opens with a cymbal in the left surround, for example. The guitars of "Message in a Bottle" envelop the viewer and make for a more entertaining listening experience. Surround use does vary throughout the videos, but there's a consistent presence in the rear speakers, even if somewhat more subtle at times.

Audio quality also shines, with the songs sounding richer and more dynamic than their age would suggest, especially "Message in a Bottle" and "Every Breath You Take". As with the DTS CD re-release, clarity is noticably improved over any prior release. All of the instruments are now crisp and distinct, given space around the soundstage. Vocals and instrumentals are balanced, neither overwhelming the other.

Both the Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks offered a fine experience, although the DTS edition did edge ahead of the Dolby track somewhat. The DTS 5.1 presentation offered slightly richer bass, improved clarity and a bit more seamless surround use. The 2.0 track wasn't as immersive, of course, but it did boast pleasing clarity and detail.

EXTRAS: Live performances on something called "The Old Grey Whistle Test" are included - the Police go through "Next To You" and "Can't Stand Losing You". The main supplement included on this release is the 45-minute "Police in Montserrat", a documentary that focuses on the band's recording of "Ghost in the Machine". The piece offers four performances in-between the footage - Demolition Man, One World (Not Three), Spirits in the Material World and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.

Final Thoughts: "Every Breath You Take" offers a chance for fans of the Police to not only view some of the band's older music videos, but to hear the songs in a way that's enveloping and offers improved audio quality. The supplements and reasonable price make this an easy disc to recommend.
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