- 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 (49 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00006ALCH
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Abba: The Definitive Collection [DVD]
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DVD Special Features:
20 minute picture gallery
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)
Languages: English Dolby Digital Stereo
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 ABBAs 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 Swedens 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 GalileeSee all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
It's too bad this is not available on DTS Surround Sound, but maybe in thefuture it will be available on that and SACD! To top it all off, theprofiling against face-on head shots is hilarious. You know they had funwith those. In the end, however, it is all about what four Swedesaccomplished in a very short period of time. ABBA made a huge mark on theworld of music and this is a great way to celebrate it.
I liked Eagle most of all. It ties in so well with my favourite book which any ABBA fan HAS to buy!!!! The Odessa Stone is brilliant, and Linda (it's her story) is a devoted ABBA fan. And all through the story there's ABBA quotes and all kinds of obscure references which most people wouldn't even know were there. The website says there's an official number, and I managed 36. Anyway, it made my ABBA songs more personal to me, and I made my own souindtrack to go with the story!
Buy them both and have some fun.
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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. Read morePublished 2 months ago by schumann_bg
Back in the 80's, when videotapes entered our lives, Abba were one of the first acts to release video compilations of their hits. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MCK
Excellent package of all the old ABBA hits you remember and some you forgot! Recommmended.Published 5 months ago by J. Fieldhouse
So many songs,always absolutely loved ABBA. My friends back in the day would put ABBA down, but I felt so strongly about ABBA I did not care what they thought. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ALAN S