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Madonna – Celebration (DVD) [Reviews]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on February 9, 2011

Michael Jackson has arguably the best body of work when it comes to the art form known as the music video, but Madonna is pretty darn close to being second. She initially rose to popularity during MTV’s infant stages, with videos giving her ever-changing image a playground to showcase itself and giving her a medium to further push boundaries. Videos also gave her a chance to dance, introduce fashion trends and introduce us to up-and-coming stars.

The two-disc set opens with her first clip, “Burning Up,” in which Madonna floats in a boat and sexily rolls around on a road. No lie. The set transitions into visual classics such as the Marilyn Monroe-inspired “Material Girl,” the race/sex/religion mash-up “Like a Prayer” and the Metropolis-themed “Express Yourself.” The dance masterpiece “Vogue” is also included in this collection, along with Madonna’s first banned video, “Justify My Love,” which uses the black-line technique to cover up the inevitable nip slip. (The same thing happens in the video for “Erotica,” also included on this disc.)

Though disc one contains many of Madonna’s most famous clips, disc two contains plenty of its own. The two-part story told in “Take a Bow” and “You’ll See” is present and accounted for. Mike Myers makes a guest appearance as Austin Powers to assist “Beautiful Stranger.” The Justin Timberlake dance-off “4 Minutes” also finds a place in the compilation, along with some more obscure short films such as “Jump,” “Miles Away” and “Love Profusion.”

It’s hard to not love this collection, but what stops us from giving it a 5? Well, about 20 percent of her music video work is missing. Is that a big deal? Yes, considering Michael’s collection has everything he’s ever done. Look at what’s not included on Madonna’s: “Gambler,” “Oh Father,” “Dear Jessie,” “This Used To Be My Playground,” “Fever,” “Bad Girl,” “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “You Must Love Me,” “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Drowned World/Substitute for Love,” “Nothing Really Matters” and “American Life.” Overall, this is a worthy purchase and includes the real meat that has made up Madonna’s music video career and will likely be her definitive collection.

That’s My Jam’s Rating:
5. Get It Now
4. Get It On Sale
3. Get It As a Gift
2. Get It To a CD Exchange Store
1. Don’t Get It At All

Video List Disc 1:
1. “Burning Up”
2. “Lucky Star”
3. “Borderline”
4. “Like a Virgin”
5. “Material Girl”
6. “Crazy for You”
7. “Into the Groove”
8. “Live to Tell”
9. “Papa Don’t Preach”
10. “True Blue”
11. “Open Your Heart”
12. “La Isla Bonita”
13. “Who’s That Girl”
14. “Like a Prayer”
15. “Express Yourself”
16. “Cherish”
17. “Vogue”
18. “Justify My Love”
19. “Erotica”
20. “Deeper and Deeper”
21. “Rain”
22. “I’ll Remember”

Disc 2:
1. “Secret”
2. “Take a Bow”
3. “Bedtime Story”
4. “Human Nature”
5. “I Want You”
6. “You’ll See”
7. “Frozen”
8. “Ray of Light”
9. “The Power of Good-Bye”
10. “Beautiful Stranger”
11. “American Pie”
12. “Music”
13. “Don’t Tell Me”
14. “What It Feels Like for a Girl”
15. “Die Another Day”
16. “Hollywood”
17. “Love Profusion”
18. “Hung Up”
19. “Sorry”
20. “Get Together”
21. “Jump”
22. “4 Minutes”
23. “Give It 2 Me”
24. “Miles Away”
25. “Celebration”

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