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ABBA: The Essential Collection

ABBA: The Essential Collection

1.WATERLOO 2.RING RING 3.MAMMA MIA 4.SOS 5 BANG-A-BOOMERANG 6.I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO 7 FERNANDO 8.DANCING QUEEN 9.MONEY, MONEY, MONEY 10.KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU 11.THAT’S ME 12.THE NAME OF THE GAME 13.TAKE A CHANCE ON ME 14.EAGLE 15.ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN 16.THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC 17.SUMMER NIGHT CITY 18.CHIQUITITA 19.DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW 20.VOULEZ-VOUS 21.GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) 22.ON AND ON AND ON 23.THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL 24.SUPER TROUPER 25.HAPPY NEW YEAR 26.WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE 27.ONE OF US 28.HEAD OVER HEELS 29.THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME 30.UNDER ATTACK 31.ESTOY SONANDO 32.CONOCIENDOME, CONOCIENDOTE 33.GRACIAS POR LA MUSICA 34.FELICIDAD 35.NO HAY A QUIEN CULPAR 36.THE LAST VIDEO

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  • The Video Warrior says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    ABBA rollercoaster ride, July 24, 2013
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    I’m an ABBA collector and felt I needed to get this to keep my collection up-to-date. Its inevitable this DVD will be compared to other greatest video hit ABBA DVD’s that include “ABBA: The Definitive Collection” and “ABBA: Number One’s”. They all offer different things to varying degrees and I will try to make some comments I hope will help those trying to decide amongst them. If you are a collector of course like me you want them all. Having said that I find this most recent collection “ABBA: The Essential Collection” a little to moderately disappointing. If you could combine all three DVD’s with all the best of each you could even release another collection called the “ABBA: Ultimate Directors Cut Collection” or some such thing but doubt that will ever happen. With this being a review of the “Essential Collection” I will focus most on that and comment on the others at the end. “Essential Collection”: the sound was unbelievable and easily the best of the three DVD’s. I really feel they took care to make the sound top notch. It just booms and is crystal clear, just awesome. The videos now sport a zoomed-in effect as the videos are 16:9 as opposed to the original 4:3 perspective which was the norm back in the 70′s & early 80′s when these videos were made by them. I have seen this new view in the “Number One’s” collection and liked it alot. However, this perspective doesn’t suit all the videos. Some look good this way and others look quite bad in my opinion. If you could watch both versions side-by-side you will know what I mean. I was mostly interested in the videos that weren’t in “Number One’s” that are in “Essential”. Some were outstanding and others didn’t do ABBA justice. On the good ones the colors were totally different than I’m used to and the videos looked so smooth, natural and less grainy than previous DVD releases. The group looked so life-like. The video is 2 hours 32 minutes long but as each song clicked away I noticed the lack of consistency. As I said, the new perspective doesn’t suit all videos. The color enhancement can also be hit & miss. The videos vary from outstanding to mediocre. Whether this is in part due to my TV or the video itself is unknown but the difference between videos is stark at times. Some videos were more grainy, less sharp and looked more like you were watching them on an old worn out picture tube TV. They might have actually looked better on that than my flat screen. In fairness, these videos are from 30-40 years old and they all were intended for regular TV because that’s all there was then. Some of the ones I looked most forward to seeing zoomed in were real disappointing and there can be no consistency from video to video. Its like they really tried to spruce up some videos and do a good job and not so much on others. I’d probably estimate however that 80% of the videos look good to excellent and the rest mediocre which is a pretty good batting average. Its amazing considering all ABBA’s material are released by Polar that there is no consistency in the quality of the DVD’s or CD’s over the years. Some seem to be done with loving care and others seemed to be “mailed-in” with only token enhancement, if any, simple plain menus etc. and “Essential” suffers from this. When its good its a five star DVD and when its mediocre its three so I settled on four stars. Everyone has their own opinion and also have different TV’s or preferences so you might agree with me or think the DVD is much better or even worse than described. Now I will mention the other releases as comparison. “Definitive Collection”: exact same content as “Essential” and songs are even in the same order. “Essential” has “The Last Video” which makes the purchase worth it alone, although I think the standalone DVD of this video looks alot better than this transfer. “Essential” also includes multiple ABBA songs done in Spanish for those interested in that. “Definitive” I think looks better more consistently but none look great as this is the oldest DVD and has been out many years. It has great menus, the sound is fine and has “When I Kissed the Teacher” which “Essential” lacks for some inexplicable reason. This makes “Definitive” my choice personally between the two. The sound isn’t as good as “Essential” but not bad in anyway. “Number One’s”: this DVD I never thought I wanted because I already had “Definitive” and this DVD offered far fewer songs by about half. Was I ever wrong. I like this one the best. I miss some of the songs but the ones they have look and sound great and are shot in the zoomed in perspective. The colors are vibrant and none of the videos look odd zoomed in except “Summer Night City” which is exceedingly grainy. I think this particular song just must not be able to be spruced up as it looks pretty poor in all DVD’s. Another plus with the “Number One’s” DVD is I love the song selection menus because they have snippets of the songs which is nice for those who might not know their music…

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  • Sweed says:
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    great sound, high quality video, worth every penney, December 3, 2013
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    Bought most of ABBA’s albumstapes in the 70′s. Just started to collect their dvds and this is the first one I bought. FWIW since buying Essential I have also purchased ABBA Deluxe, ABBA In Concert 1979, and have ABBA in Japan on order. Having these videos and the old TV performances is great as they were very hard to see here in the US in the 70′s.

    Others have detailed what is included on the dvd so I won’t be doing that. I did give 5 stars because the sound is very good,most of the videos themselves are of high quality, and unlike others posting reviews all of the content is new to me. The only disappointing video is “I do, I do, I do, I do, I do” sounds great, like the rest of the music but picture quality is poor(blurry) on my hd tv and is the only video I tend to never watch. Most of the rest come across as vibrant and colorful approaching hd. Then there are a couple that while not hd quality are certainly more than acceptable.

    I figured I’d never watch the Spanish language bonus tracks but I was wrong. I love “Conociéndome, Conociéndote (Knowing Me, Knowing You)” and really enjoy the other four Spanish tracks(Estoy Sonando (I Have A Dream), Gracias Por La Música (Thank You For The Music), Felicidad (Happy New Year), No Hay A Quien Culpar (When All Is Said And Done) ) and watch them often. As a fan from the 70′s I was always amazed at how they sang in English and, if you hadn’t been told, you had no clue they were from Sweden. Hearing them in Spanish just as impressive. It shows just how professional they were and their attention to detail.

    If, like me, you are just starting to collect the ABBA dvds this is a good place to start. I chose Essential over Definitive, though they are very close to the same, due to price (Essential though newer was about half the price of Definitive when I bought it), reviews I read here and online stating the sound of this dvd was top notch, and the general perceptions I got from other reviews was the video overall was better in Essential.

    I do highly recommend ABBA the Essential Collection.

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  • G. Milone says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    abba fan, January 11, 2015
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    As an Abba fan I had to have this product, I’m pleased with the Quality and was happy to see that it had some videos that I had not seen before.
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