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Abba: The Definitive Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Jonas Bergström
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström, Kjell Sundvall
  • Format: Colour, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Island
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2002
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ALCH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features:
20 minute picture gallery
Biographical booklet
Bonus Tracks: (1) When I Kissed The Teacher; (2) Estoy Sonando (I Have A Dream); (3) Felicidad (Happy New Year); (4) No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done); (5) Dancing Queen (at The Royal Swedish Opera)
Picture: 4:3
Languages: English Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: None

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ABBA were one of the first pop groups to exploit the promotional video as a vehicle for publicising their music across the globe. ABBA--The Definitive Collection provides an audio-visual timeline of how their promos developed over a 10-year period from the mid-1970s to the early 80s. The first ABBA videos were simple recordings of the band miming to their songs in a studio ("Waterloo" and "Ring Ring"); then, for "Mamma Mia" and "SOS", the style was replaced by something more adventurous, focusing on the four grouped together in rival pairs. As technology and the group evolved so did their promo films, with more recent examples shot on videotape and incorporating post-production special effects and outdoor locations ("One Of Us" and "Head over Heels"). Director Lasse Hallstrom has since made the transition from these relatively low-budget vehicles to Hollywood success with Chocolat and The Shipping News.

If ABBA’s early efforts look a little primitive compared to big-budget modern music promos, the songs themselves now sound even better than ever, having been digitally re-mastered in 24-bit format. As well as featuring the digitally re-mastered promos for the majority of their single releases, exclusive previously unreleased material is also incorporated here, such as the extended original mix of "On and On and On".

On the DVD: ABBA--The Definitive Collection on DVD squeezes in all 30 videos, plus five bonus tracks which include the promos for the Spanish-language versions of "I Have a Dream", "Happy New Year" and "When All is Said and Done". The video for the never released "When I Kissed the Teacher" is also included, too, as is a camp recording of "Dancing Queen" filmed at a gala tribute for Sweden’s King and Queen. The 20-minute picture gallery is an excellent and comprehensive photographic record of the group through the years. Background information about all of the material, is discussed in the accompanying biographical booklet.--John Galilee

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This DVD is made with ABBA fans in thought. It contains "almost" every video ABBA ever made, but it does not contain some excellent ABBA TV appearances that sometimes look much better than the videos. It also contains their hastily made Spanish videos and their (not intentionally) funny performance of Dancing Queen for the Swedish, well, Queen. Also you can view the excellent slide show while the music keeps playing. For the "surprise of the DVD" part you can fall of your chair while hearing the extra verse in mono quality of On&On&On which is quite a treat.
This DVD is really excellent and a must. I owned Gold and More Gold on VHS but some videos were ruined with changed intros and stuff like that. I give this 5 stars, but i truly hope one day we'll have the TV appearances on DVD and solo videos of Frida & Agnetha (there are some funy videos like I Won't Let You Go). There is simply more DVDs that we would buy and I guess this marks a good start because I remember that it took forever to release first ABBA DVDs.
Anyhow, a great, great buy! Excellent quality, many videos and a picture gallery with a modest booklet. 9/10 if you will.
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Probably the best overall collection of ABBA's music and videos, but, not the complete collection! It states that it contains every 'official' ABBA video, but it clearly doesn't! There are 2 glaring ommisions. 1) Lay all You Love On Me. 2) I Have A Dream. These are both 'official' videos as they are both contained on the ABBA Gold DVD, yet they are somehow missing from this collection! There is, however, as consolation, a Spanish version of 'I Have A Dream' (Estoy soñando). The compilation does contain a rare bonus track version of 'Voulez-Vous' which is a 1979 US promo extended remix. This is still a fantastic collection to own. There are over 2 hours of videos included. Highly recommended.
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There is no other DVD out there from anyone which can guarantee a wild swinging party than this one. Whether it's a party where you invite a few like-minded friends around and have a crazy sing-along or whether you want to freak out on your own in Bridget Jones fashion.
This band were the first to take the promo video and use it as the primary method of showcasing their songs to the world. Other bands might have released classic video promos before them, most noticeably The Beatles with those weird videos for 'Strawberry Fields' and 'Penny Lane' among others dating back to the mid to late 1960s. But it was Abba who made this artform the norm. They didn't perform their new single on 'Top Of The Pops'. They just produced a marvellous video. And this was before MTV was even invented.
Their videos are not very sophisticated, by modern standards anyway. They were simple. But What An Impact they had at the time. And 30 years later they are even more irresistable. For several reasons. Their '70s clothing is obviously a highlight, and not as dated as you might think with massively flared trousers now returning triumphantly to the fashion parade. But fashion aside, these videos perfectly capture the glorious age which was the 1970s. When Abba were the biggest band in the world, when Bjorn Borg was Wimbledon champion for more than 300 consecutive weeks and Sweden could make a decent claim to be about the most important country on the Planet!
These collection of videos, especially on DVD with the related upgrade in sound quality are marvellously uplifting, almost without exception.
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They were once uncool to admit liking but in hindsight what an excellent body of work they produced and all immaculately produced.
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A good DVD to fill nearly 3 hours in well worth it's money a must for any Abba fans young or old
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This collection is now hard to get hold of in the shops, Polydor (for reasons only they know) happy instead to still be flogging the inferior ABBA Gold DVD with its 19 videos compared to the 35 on this DVD. Here you get the rarely seen promo videos made for songs that were only singles in a handful of countries: "That's Me", "Bang-a-Boomerang", "Happy New Year", "Eagle", "When All Is Said and Done", as well as clips for the lesser selling hits at the start of their career like "Ring Ring" or "I Do, I Do, I Do" or the 'flop' singles at the tail end of the group's reign such as "Head Over Heels", "Under Attack" and the classic "The Day Before You Came". Add to the mix some album tracks that somehow got videos made for them (the cute "When I Kissed The Teacher", "One Man One Woman") and their Spanish language singles, you can see why ABBA Gold really is a poor deal. As a huge part of the affection ABBA are held in is related to the visual side of their identity, having all their promo videos is a must for any fan. This is the video collection you need.
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Unless you're a diehard Abba fan this is probably the best way to get a sense of what the 70s phenomenon was all about. To see them you get so much more of a feeling of the time and how they were as a group. I had never particularly liked their songs but seeing the videos has changed that, as they are so camp. This is no doubt unconscious, although it is hard to believe when you see them in such costumes as they wear to sing Waterloo or Take A Chance On Me. The latter is one of the great pop videos, it is so enjoyable and - well, very camp! With 35 songs you have all the hits here, with some of the biggest surprises being lesser-known songs: the crazy Head Over Heels, a fantastic song with a very funny video showing a compulsive shopper losing control with a man in tow; the lurid coloration of Eagle, as soaring as the bird; the cheap feel of Summer Night City, where cheap is good; the superb tune of Happy New Year; the poignant words of One Of Us and irresistible tune; the haunting video to The Day Before You Came, again a whole story in itself, and the beautiful light on the early morning train where love is born ... Every song in this collection is like a short film in itself, bright and contained as M&M's rolling out of the packet.
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