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Mamma Mia!...With A Bonus.
on 17 November 2010
This deluxe edition packaging of the soundtrack to the film Mamma Mia! comes in an A5 size hardback book style case. The lyrics to all the songs are included in the booklet along with a couple of essays by those involved in the film's production and two pages of location information. As far as the music/visual content goes you get the original cd and a bonus dvd. On the DVD we have a behind the scenes documentary centered on the recording process of the songs for the film and, as a bonus the music video for "Gimmie!Gimmie!Gimmie!" by Amanda Seyfried which was previously released with the movie on DVD.
I was looking forward to hearing some words from one of my music heroes of the 70's, Benny Andersson and there are snippets of an interview with Benny and Bjorn on the re-recording of their Abba hits for the film but unfortunately, it is all too brief. At a running time of under 13 minutes I am a tad disappointed on the lack of content and the re-use of footage from docos released with the movie DVD. What I was really hoping for was the special feature that I thought was missing from the Mamma Mia dvd release. The story of getting the original group of musicians back together that helped create Abba's hits to record the backing tracks for the film. Whilst it's great that something extra has been released, don't expect too much from the bonus disc. If you come across this deluxe edition like I did, at a cheap price, it’s worth a look.
Post note...I'm still having difficulty listening to Pierce Brosnan "sing" S.O.S. but Christine Baranski's version of Does Your Mother Know is a gem.