Singapore DVD release, VCD release in some other parts of Asia
On the surface, this looks like another collection of videos, but it's actually quite different from any of the other collections.
For starters, there are a couple of titles here for which no videos have ever been released. Then there's the audio -- on the right channel you hear the original Carpenters' recording, but on the left channel you get a re-made instrumental recording of the song, used for karaoke singing. Why the producers of this CD didn't use the "official" karaoke versions of songs from the Original Master Karaokealbum is beyond me... Then there are the amazingly annoying subtitles on the screen, showing people what they should be singing. With DVD's ability to have subtitles that can be turned on and off, there is no reason why the subtitles had to be included as part the video.
What distinguishes this DVD from prior releases is the surprising number of "new" videos that it contains. "Love is Surrender" is a promotional film that has never been released before, and "Reason to Believe" looks to be from the Make Your Own Kind of Music series.
A number of the "videos" are actually concert footage from European television. These include "We ve Only Just Begun," "For All We Know," "Jambalaya," "Yesterday Once More," "There's a Kind of Hush," "I Won't Last a Day Without You" (intercut with footage of Richard showing off his classic car collection) and "Goodbye to Love." Each of these is a poor attempt to synchronize the live concert footage with the original songs, resulting in quite a bit of out-of-sync lips/words, and some very distracting slowing down of the footage in places.
"Please Mr. Postman" is also different from the original Disneyland video version; this one looks like a live performance on a television show. "Sweet Sweet Smile" isn't even a video at all -- it's a collection of unrelated concert footage, presented in a sepia-toned black-and-white look.
The one video here that is truly a find is the "I Need to Be In Love" video. This not only uses live concert footage for the video, but contains the live concert audio! It is the only previously-unreleased audio on the DVD. It's mono (on the right channel only, like the rest of the original music), but the original TV audio would have been mono anyway, so there's nothing lost here.
Overall, this DVD is one of those "true-collectors-only" items for the die-hard fans. It's not nearly as good as the other Carpenters' video collections, and the audio and subtitle problems are annoying enough to be highly distracting.
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