THE VIDEOS 86>98+
MUTE, PLAYGROUND, REPRISE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 25, 2002 (EUROPE),
NOVEMBER 26, 2002 (NORTH AMERICA) REVIEW: NOVEMBER 22, 2002
does certainly not come as a surprise when Mute and Depeche Mode once
again confuse their fans. "The Videos 86>98" was first released
on VHS in 1998 and then on DVD in 1999. Now, the DVD is released once
again, when the format is far more popular than last time. A plus sign
has been added and this is called a "Deluxe Edition".
It comes with a new package and an interesting bonus disc, but the rest
is the same. It could have been released in this deluxe fashion the first
time. I'm not sure what fans who spent their money on the first version
are supposed to do. They didn't know a better version was to come and
you could say they are punished for being good customers.
This must be
one of the best music DVD:s to own, though. If you're into Depeche Mode
in some way or another of course, that is. Most 25 (!) videos are cool
- I don't need to tell you that. Depeche Mode have more fine videos in
store than most other bands around. Pretty cool for a band that dislikes
video making. Let me put it like this, even the worst Depeche Mode clips
on this DVD beat much of the stuff from others.
The new disc has four US videos: the embarrassing"But Not Tonight"
made in connection with the Tamra Davis movie "Modern Girls",
the quite good looking US promo for "Strangelove" and finally
the odd DM tunes "One Caress" and "Condemnation (Paris
Mix)". Videos made after 1998 are of course nowhere to be found,
but I don't like them much anyway. Maybe they will show up on "The
The second disc also has three interesting Electronic Press Kits. It was
not difficult for Mute to throw them in here. These "EPK":s
have been made previously for us journalists. We get to see them when
the record companies remember to send them out. They are naturally good
viewing, but PR products designed to show Depeche Mode only in a good
light. This is an almost spotless band and one will find it difficult
to criticise much anyway. There are also two short films on the main disc:
a nice intro piece and "Depeche Mode - a Short Film".
The "Deluxe" packaging design is wonderful, in the same line
as the previous "Singles" and "Videos" releases. To
access all this material on DVD instead of VHS, with all its quality and
options is great.
There is no surround mixing to be found and the 2.0 audio has flaws here
and there. Disc one is 126 minutes and number two 87 minutes. So, regardless
of how you look at it, this release offers great value.