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SOUND & MOTION: V:01 ($20) is a very cool music video compilation if you are into electronic/techno music. While I am not up on all the artists represented on the DVD, there are a few tracks that I am familiar with, thanks to the alternative radio station in my area. Even the cuts that I had never heard before, sounded pretty good and ideally suited for playback at a party- hey, every song on this DVD has a good solid beat, which you can dance to. SOUND & MOTION: V:01 features 15 music videos that include: The Chemical Brothers: Block Rockiní Beats, Fatboy Slim: The Rockafeller Shank, Jackknife Lee: Bursting Off The Backbeat, Josh Wink: Simple Man, The Crystal Method: Busy Child, The Prodigy: Poison, Mocean Worker: Detonator, Goldie: Temper Temper, Dieselboy & Technical Itch: Atlantic Slate, Photek: Two Swords Technique, Roni Size/Reprazent: Brown Paper Bag, Adam F: Circles, Talvin Singh: Jaan, Sly And Robbie: Superthruster, Underworld: Push Upstairs and Deep Dish W/EBTG: The Future Of The Future (Stay Gold).

SOUND & MOTION: V:01 arrives on DVD from Palm Pictures. The videos themselves vary in appearance, but most are presented full frame or with mild matting of the image. Picture quality is better than what I have come to expect from a cable music channel broadcast. Of course, each video has its own stylistic look, so there are differences in quality from clip to clip. Again, depending on the video, the image is sometimes in color and at other times its black and white. Digital compression artifacts never enter the equation.

There are two soundtrack options on the DVD. First, there is uncompressed PCM stereo, which offers CD quality music playback. Second, the DVD offers a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Both soundtracks sound very good, however the choice of soundtrack is going to come down to a matter of personal taste. The PCM stereo track has all the benefits of higher resolution and more musical sound, but I liked the way the music surrounded me in 5.1 channel surround sound. Both tracks offer fairly strong bass, for bopping up and down to the music.

The DVD features interactive menus that include animation and sound. Through the menu system, one has a choice of soundtracks, as well as watching every video or playing individual clips.





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