Let's face it.Any Westlife fan would already own most of the tracks on the single disc edition "Greatest Hits
" bar the four new songs,two of which are mediocre at best.So what's in this three disc set to make you buy lots of songs you already own again?? Not much.The attraction for me was the dvd,collecting all the music videos together.A much better career defining collection than the audio discs,but,as is the case with most Sony Music bonus discs,the quality varies from one clip to the next.I'll try to explain.
Essentially what you have here is "Westlife - the Greatest Hits [DVD
]" with the videos released since that collection added on to the end.The first video collection was released in 4:3 picture aspect ratio,so if you have one of the newer widescreen televisions,these clips all appear,for the most part,as a rectangle in the middle of the screen which will need to be zoomed up if your set has that function.Some clips are shot in full screen 4:3 so for these you will need to zoom your tv down to avoid clipping the top and edges of the picture.When we get to "Mandy" this video is correctly displayed in widescreen then everything drops down to 4:3 again before reverting to widescreen again for "Amazing" then back to 4:3 again for "The Rose" after which all the newer videos are in widescreen.Confused?? your tv will be!If you're watching this dvd on an older square shaped tv,or computer you won't have any problems but,most of us have upgraded our sets to watch our movies and music/concerts in widescreen.
The sound for the majority of the clips is ok but only in two channel stereo not 5.1 surround like the "Chapter One" dvd.Whoever put this dvd together either didn't know what they were doing,had no budget or should be fired.
The package itself is also pretty thoughtless,my discs are ALL scratched from the tight card sleeve pages inside the book where they are stored.
As some other reviewers have pointed out,what was wrong with calling it Chapter Two and releasing a proper cd & dvd,focused on the music since "Unbreakable",instead of rehashing the first half of their career again.I hope the dvd gets remastered and re-released but I'm not holding my breath.
Westlife have given me many happy moments over the last decade and a bit,they deserve a much better send off than this.