Catalog # 6305459541
Release Year June 8, 1999
DVD Length 61 Mins.
Date/Venue Official Promo Videos
Mike's Comments(rates this release 4.5/5.0)
Coinciding with the release of Prince's 1993 Hits 3 Cd set, this DVD is a compilation of 'some' of the purple one's strongest videos from over the years. The main problem with this video collection, however, is how many video's it leaves out, Prince himself has said he doesn't enjoy making music videos, which is something of a contradictory statement considering he's made over 70 of them over the course of 25 years now. I'm sure Warner Bros. had enough room to put double the amount of videos on here, so it's hard to see why certain performances are left out...no 'When Doves Cry'? no 'U Got The Look'? no Gett Off? It's understandable that particular tracks were omitted from the Hits Cd collection, but why should songs which DO feature on that collection not show up on this DVD...With the main drags out the way it's best to focus on the videos which are here...such as '1999', 'Raspberry Beret' and 'Kiss'; all of them are excellent and despite previous reviews the picture transfer to DVD is surprisingly good. The most impressive videos though are the early, pre-1999 vids. 'Controversy' still remains one of his classic performance videos, and 'Dirty Mind' and 'Uptown' are both highly enjoyable to watch even if Prince hasn't got all his moves nailed down yet. '7' though, is probably the main highlight and it is easily one of Prince's best videos of the 90's. On the whole The Hits is a dissapointment to many fans due to so many videos being left out, but the quality of what IS on here more than makes up for it, and it's a wothwhile purchase. People seem to forget or are unaware of is that in the early '90s it was rare for any commercial music video relase to be longer than 60 minutes unless it was a concert video. Yeah, Warner Bros. could have updated and expanded this collection for DVD release but that was hardly likely with the malice the company has treated its own Prince releases since he left the label. Maybe they'll release more in the future, but until then enjoy this extraordinary time capsule of late '70s and '80s Prince videos. It will give you valuable insight as to why he is still so revered well into his 4th decade of making music.
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