Way back in the year 2000 when the Beastie Boys video anthology was released as part of the Criterion Collection, fans were treated to 18 Beastie Boys videos with a plethora of remixes, viewing options, and ancillary information. It was a truly unique release at the time in that it provided an opportunity for fans to create their own audio-visual experience by allowing them to switch audio tracks and video tracks on the fly to create a unique experience.
Three of the DVD Remixes were released on bootleg vinyl. The vinyl bootleg remixes included 3 instrumental versions of remixes from Stones Throw artists that were not included on the DVD.
- Shadrach (Peanut Butter Wolf Instrumental Remix)
- Shake Your Rump (Madlib Instrumental Remix)
- Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun (Egon & Jon Doe Instrumental Remix)
Once the furor amongst fans died down, avid enthusiasts began ripping each individual mix and uploading them torrent sites, as well as attempting to compile a complete list of unique audio and video options. To this day, there are many files floating about that are presented as a "complete" collection of remixes from the Criterion Collection. Most of us considered the matter settled but some were not satisfied.
Here is a breakdown of the content which hopefully answers all of the questions we've asked, and been asked.
The DVD has 18 different songs with various options for audio and video.
If you are only looking for the number of unique different audio tracks available (discounting the music that plays on the menu screens) there are 84. This number includes band and director commentaries as well as all options for different playback options (Think Dolby 5.1, Stereo, With and without sound effects). If you wanted to include all audio available (adding in the audio that is played on the menu screens and "color bars" Easter egg) there are an additional 25 tracks available bringing the total to 109.
If you are interested in the number of viewing options available, there are 57 (discounting the video that plays on the menu screens).
In terms of the number of unique audio visual experiences available... The disc contains 240 customizable play options and an additional 25 non-customizable because there is no option to change the AV played on menu screens. So in total there are 265 unique experiences available if the user doesn't change the audio or video on the fly while the track is playing (we're not even going to attempt to calculate the massive number of combinations available if either is changed during play).
There are some really interesting things to note about the menu screen audio, as well as a complete breakdown of every option in this PDF for us super geeks who need to know every last detail!
Check out the Criterion Collection releases here.