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Dire Straits: On the Night (2005)

Dire Straits  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dire Straits
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000654YRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The hit AOR act's 1993 live release/ NTSC/Region 0. Includes the following tracks, 'Calling Elvis', 'Walk Of Life', ' Heavy Fuel', 'Romeo And Juliet', 'The Bug', 'Private Investigations', 'Your Latest Trick', 'On Every Street', 'You And Your Friend', 'Money For Nothing', 'Brothers In Arms', 'Solid Rock' and 'Local Hero - Wild Theme'. Universal. 2004.

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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this DVD, but... January 15, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really liked this DVD. It took a long time to get it upon its release (almost two months), but it is more than worth the wait.

The production value is very high. There is a nice opening sequence where the band and roadies arrive at the venue, and get ready to put on the show. The DVD uses this sequence to introduce the players, showing them getting off of busses, walking down corridors, and other mundane predatory actions. Knopfler walks out to a very enthusiastic crowd and after a few seconds of thunderous applause launches into the first song. I was very happy (as a guitar player myself) that many of his solos were shown in close-up detail. I like little things like that, seeing how he works to get that sound. I will not go over every song, but just be sure, there is not a single piece of filler here, although there would be a couple of songs that might be considered MIA. I could not imagine seeing B.B. King in concert without his performing "The Thrill is Gone", so seeing Dire Straits and not having them perform the break through "Sultans of Swing", the song that introduced them to the world is a bit strange. Oh well, you can't have everything. There is a good mix of rockers, softer more mellow songs and plenty of opportunity for Knopfler to let the other members of the band show off a bit. Overall, a great performance.

The one weakness that requires me to go with 4 stars rather than 5 is the fact that this is a medium that can offer so much more in terms of sound. That this is not offered in some form of 5.1 is a crime. I love concerts on DVD when you hear the crowds behind you and the music hits from many angles.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End of the Straits April 6, 2005
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This is the video of the last Dire Straits' tour in the early 1990s. It was not, I read, as wildly successful as their tour of the mid 1980s and after the tour the Straits faded into history.

About one-half of the songs on the DVD are from the Straits last CD, "On Every Street." There is a country sound on many tracks, emphasized by Paul Franklin's steel guitar. I quickly tired of the opening rock numbers, "Calling Elvis," "Walk of Life," and "Heavy Fuel," but the mellow songs that followed made up for it. Mark Knopfler's moody and exquisite songs "Romeo and Juliet" and "Brothers in Arms" are here, as are superb versions of little known tunes such as "Your Latest Trick" "On Every Street" and "You and Your Friend." The bluesy, country solo of Knopfler in "You and Your Friend" is one of his best ever-- and that is saying something. "Money for Nothing" rocks and "Private Investigations" has the great guitar explosions at the end (although PI and "Local Hero" are both better in the other Straits live album "Alchemy").

Dire Straits was a tuneful high-quality group of musicians and Knopfler is a wonder on guitar. There's not a whole lot of flashy showmanship. They stand up Strait and play outstanding music.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Performance From Knopfler And Company May 20, 2005
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I had the privilege of seeing Dire Straits three times during their "On Every Street" tour, from which this DVD was taken. I have previously seen the VHS and cable broadcast versions of this concert, and while there is more material found elsewhere, the quality of the DVD production is substantially better, although it is a bit of a travesty to see a Dire Straits show without "Sultans of Swing," as others have pointed out.

It pains me to give any Dire Straits production less than five stars, but I gave this DVD four for a couple of reasons, the most obvious being the obviously questionable editing of the set list. My other reason is a bit more related to this particular tour: the band got away from their roots and became a mammoth production with up to nine people onstage in some of the numbers which, for me, tended to obscure the music in some places (I got particularly tired of the excessive pedal steel guitar work on many of the songs.) That's personal preference, of course, and others love the larger orchestrations.

Overall I think this is a good DVD, although it really doesn't capture the energy of Dire Straits in concert as well as some other productions, including the much earlier, and generally superior, "Alchemy," which will hopefully be released on DVD soon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, awful dvd February 24, 2009
Format:DVD
Ok, i have to start by saying I really love Dire Straits and a few few of their songs are in my all time top 10 favourites.
I recently received a couple of Pink Floyd DVDs and wanted the same with Dire Straits...
What a disappointment! The sound quality is awful. It is not regular and volume changes several times in the same song, as if the sound was sometimes "muffled"... And this is with very very good video and sound equipment. I would say 5 stars for the music and between 0 and 1 star for the DVD.
My advice: Buy the CD instead. The DVD only brings frustration and anger about such fantastic music being wasted.
Oh, how much I wish we had something from them in Blu Ray...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the great musicians December 8, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The video shows Dire Straits during two of their shows on the "on every street" tour. This captures the band at their very best. Mark Knopfler's guitar seems to be part of him, and it is through the instrument that he expresses himself. Played by nine of the best musicians in the world the songs move from the loud, angry sound of heavy fuel to the beautiful yet haunting Romeo and Juliet. Best moment of the video? Phil Palmer's guitar work on Romeo and Juliet and the guitar/drum exchanges between Mark and Chris Whitten in Brothers in Arms. Worth life itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Bryan Knake
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show
I love Dire Straits, so this was a must for me. Video is a bit grainy, but the sound and camera angles are very good. Great show. Highly recommend to any Straits fan.
Published 2 months ago by Jack D
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love Dire straits and if you do also you should invest in it..you won't regret it not their best but great
Published 3 months ago by Hobert E. Smailes
4.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler as you love them
This is my personal favorite time frame for DS. Would have loved to have had My Parties, Ticket to Heaven, and a MK single A Place Where We Used to Live but hey I'm grateful! Read more
Published 8 months ago by RandySturdevant
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark and the gang killing it live
Dire Straits is my second favorite band. In my humble opinion they were way better live than in the studio. This is one of the examples. Read more
Published 9 months ago by MajONeZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Had the CD for years - The Video is great!
This is a great DVD of Dire Straight's concert. I've had the CD for years, so it was a real treat to see the group perform when I knew the concert so well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kim A. Kenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but flawed DVD
I watch this video often, but I tend to jump around and skip certain songs. There is no excuse for not including the entire performance (it was edited down to 90 mins), as some... Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. O'Malley
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I ordered
Just what I ordered, This is by far the Best Live recording ever of Dire Straits I will buy more to give to friends
Published 13 months ago by Philip Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS !!!
Now I don't have to watch this on youtube anymore. Love this band, this music and EVERYTHING is better on my big screen with my great sound system.
Published 13 months ago by Joyce M.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!
I've had this cd for years and have played the crap out of it...didn't even know they had a DVD until recently so had to have it. this is a GREAT SHOW!
Published 18 months ago by Dave Hallin
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