."…and ya don't stop" Hip-Hop's Greatest Videos, Volume 1
This is a music disc, plain and simple. "And ya don't stop" is a collection of twelve videos from Rap and Hip-Hop artists, presented in the DVD format for your home video pleasure.
The disc loads quickly, and the front menu manages to squeeze everything you need to operate the disc onto the single screen. You can select to "play all," which will cycle through the videos in order, or you can use your remote's arrow keys to select from the three by four grid of animated windows that represent the videos. This is a very fast way to let you quickly get to the video you're looking for, and has some very good points to it.
The case doesn't promise Dolby 2.0 or Dolby 5.1, only "CD quality uncompressed PCM stereo." Despite this, the tracks presented vary widely in sound quality. Some of the tracks have a few problems, but most are vibrant and full. Most make, understandably, heavy use of the subwoofer. Some have mixed in surrounds, which expand the soundstage around the listeners and make everything seem more immersive. Others are only stereo, but most of these are good stereo mixes; making excellent use of both fronts, and utilizing a very deep sound field.
While the racks are all full frame, this is acceptable because they were originally recorded for presentation on television. None of them are earth shattering examples of DVD video quality, but most are clean, crisp, and in the best shape they've ever been seen in.
Also offered are two film previews for projects upcoming from Ryko Disc, and an anti-drug message. The clips are lower quality than the videos.
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Some of the tracks have some odd sound problems. While some of them are marvelously mixed, some aren't. A few have a flat sound, without any depth or sharpness to them. The first track, from Public Enemy, produces a horrendous screeching sound that was definitely not part of the music! A bit more attention could have been applied to the sound of the videos, considering they're the primary disc content.
Also, while the front menu presents every track on one screen, which is nice, it also doesn't label these in anyway. A popup text bar would have solved this problem; as the cursor is moved over the video boxes, the text indicates what video is currently selected. This is a fairly minor quibble, however, as most consumers will remember which track they're looking for and where on the disc it can be found, after a few uses.
A more on-point complaint is the dearth of material on the disc. Only twelve tracks are offered, which results in about an hour of content. Considering a DVD-9 can pack about three hours of video with Dolby 5.1 onto a disc side, barely an hour of material seems rather skimpy. However, a check of a few popular online DVD retailers indicates a price point in the low teens (about US$12-13), so perhaps the disc length is prepared for that price.
Hip-Hop and Rap fans, give this disc a listen. It is a good collection of the genre's artists, in digital quality. While some of the videos are somewhat old, they still look very good. This is a solid catalog buy for genre fans.
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