I'm so current, I'm tomorrow.
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: The City by the Lake.
Britney Hits DVD Has Extra Stuff, More Skin, Alternate Videos
Think you've seen all of Britney's music videos?
Then you must be who Spears had in mind when she put
together her DVD video retrospective, "Greatest Hits:
My Prerogative." The set will contain several
alternate versions of many of her top clips, including
one for "Toxic" in which she wears nothing but
diamonds the entire time.
Not only are some of the clips rarely seen and, in
some cases, never-before-seen versions, but 10 of the
20 videos that comprise the November 9 collection have
been expanded and enhanced. Fans can watch new footage
from "Everytime" and "(You Drive Me) Crazy," as well
as the never-before-released material shot before the
singer's knee injury on the set of "Outrageous,"
including one scene where she's playing basketball
with Snoop Dogg and ends up in his arms, giving him a
little lick for luck.
Spears' camp was able to provide so many alternate
versions because directors often shoot a full pass at
a song in each costume, and then only use a few
moments of it in the finished clip. So while some of
the alternate takes of "... Baby One More Time" and
"Oops! ... I Did It Again" will look familiar, the
videos have been re-cut for a whole new feel. One of
those alternate clips, for "Don't Let Me Be the Last
to Know," makes the most use of Britney's body of
work, with the spaceman from "Oops! ... I Did It
Again," an opening door from "My Prerogative" and a
guy from "Toxic" all making cameos. And though
"Outrageous" was never finished, it, too, gets an
Though the footage was easily accessible, assembling
it wasn't so easy. The project took four months to put
together, her label rep said, as crews combed through
unused footage and edited new versions for some, and
used instrumentals and alternate audio in others.
There's a new vocal mix for "I'm a Slave 4 U," for
instance, and in "(You Drive Me) Crazy," the alternate
audio gives the feel of Spears singing the song as a
round, where the beat is in sync but one layer of her
vocals is just slightly ahead of the other.
Not all of the features are going to be easy to find.
The DVD provides two menus — one for original
versions, one for alternates. But with some digging,
fans will also find hidden features, such as a second
alternate version of "My Prerogative," consisting
entirely of the film shown in the original version,
where Spears is seen rolling around on a bed in her
underwear. (The first alternate version includes more
footage of Spears' husband, Kevin Federline).
As many versions as Spears offers, however, there's
one that fans have to provide — by singing along. An
alternate take of "Toxic" lets you hear the music and
see Britney, but no vocals come out of her mouth. And
since she's wearing nothing but those infamous
diamonds, the guide lyrics help provide some necessary
cover-up — try watching that and getting the words
"Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" DVD track listing,
according to Jive Records:
"Me Against the Music" featuring Madonna
"Boys (The Co-Ed Remix)" featuring Pharrell Williams
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
"I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
"Overprotected (The Darkchild Remix)"
"Overprotected" (international version)
"Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know"
"I'm a Slave 4 U"
"Oops! ... I Did It Again"
"Born to Make You Happy"
"From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"
"(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix!)"
"... Baby One More Time"