Universal Music's The Best of the Moody Blues: The DVD Collection helped inaugurate the video version of the company's 20th Century Masters series. It contains a selection of five promotional videos dating from the mid-'80s which -- thanks to the inclusion of the nostalgia-laden videos for "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" -- manages to fully acknowledge the group's '60s past, without having to delve directly into a past that is poorly represented on video. All of the videos here, as well as the packaging, include flautist and co-founder Ray Thomas, who has since retired from the group.
One can still watch "Your Wildest Dreams" and "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" and not only luxuriate in the songs, but also the shooting and editing of the two videos, which feature a massive number of crosscuts and time-compression cuts, some often overlapping -- it's the kind of job that a legendary film editor like Ferris Webster (who cut the movie The Manchurian Candidate) would have admired, and shows the music video in its best form. "The Other Side of Life" and "Running Out of Love" are a lot more conventional and less interesting, while "No More Lies" offers some entertaining graphics supporting a pleasant song. The disc opens automatically to a simple menu displaying images from each video, set to a 30-second-long looped excerpt of "Your Wildest Dreams," and offers the "play all" option in the default position, and a selection of the individual videos, as well as a look at the initial catalog of video releases in this series. The remastered 24-bit audio may justify the purchase for some fans, based on the fact that, as of this release, the CDs from which these songs were drawn have yet to be upgraded from their original '80s issues.