Destiny’s Child - The Video Anthology
Destiny’s Child, one of the last great girl groups of this generation of musicians, was a force to be reckoned with on every level. Commercial sales, cultural impact, individually beloved members...the girls had it all. And this was all before the group in all of its incarnations led to different levels of solo careers for those involved, with the biggest culmination in the all encompassing pop queen, Beyonce.
While the music certainly spoke for itself for most of the group’s time, their videos were essential in catapulting them to the superstardom they achieved. With "The Video Anthology," the group’s video history is neatly put together in one place. Watching from beginning to end is an interesting trip through their history, particularly the public and often nasty line-up changes. From young up-and-comers in the R&B genre to the pop-driven Beyonce vehicle it eventually became, the girls put out hit after hit with impressive visuals to match.
However, while it is fun that all of these videos are all in one place for the first time, this DVD ended up feeling sort of pointless. In these increasingly digital times, such videos have been easy to find for some time. With precious few extra features to speak of, and no remastering or increase in quality, I found myself coming down off my Bootylicious dance break not being able to picture the target audience for this release. The group made the same mistake with their underwhelming "Love Songs" release earlier this year.
With Beyonce continuing her pop music world domination, Kelly Rowland struggling to find her place in the R&B world post-Destiny’s Child, and Michelle Williams relegated to the background the way she was through much of the group’s history, Destiny’s Child fans are probably accustomed to such releases and will continue to eat them up. But for the standard consumer, "The Video Anthology" probably isn’t worth it.
"Destiny’s Child: The Video Anthology"