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OMD: Live Architecture and Morality and More

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"Architecture & Morality", originally released in 1981, is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark's career. It spawned three Top 5 UK singles and the album itself peaked at No.3. In 2007 Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys reunited with Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper as OMD for an extensive tour of Europe. For the early part of this tour, including this concert recorded at London's Hammersmith Apollo in May, the concert was split into two halves. The first part of the evening was a complete performance of the "Architecture & Morality" album, while the second half was a greatest hits set covering the rest of the band's career.

TRACK LISTING 1) Architecture & Morality 2) Sealand 3) The New Stone Age 4) Georgia 5) She's Leaving 6) Souvenir 7) Joan Of Arc 8) Joan Of Arc (Maid Of Orleans) 9) The Beginning And The End 10) Messages 11) Tesla Girls 12) Forever (Live And Die) 13) If You Leave 14) Pandora's Box 15) Talking Loud & Clear 16) So In Love 17) Locomotion 18) Sailing On The Seven Seas 19) Enola Gay 20) Walking On The Milky Way 21) Electricity 22) Romance Of The Telescope

BONUS FEATURES - 20-minute interview with the band. - Interview with director Hambi Haralambous, creator of the on stage films. - Three complete on stage films with audio.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017VG65E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Janowiak on June 6, 2008
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I'm a big OMD fan. I was excited when this was finally released in the U.S. Come to find out however it did not play in my Sony DVD player. It plays on my computer however. After closer inspection with my software on my computer I discovered that the contents on the DVD are in PAL format (which does not play on U.S. players) not NTSC format like the box and DVD says. Beware. It's a great DVD just not compatible with U.S. players.

***Review Update*** After a few e-mails back and forth to Eagle Rock they sent me a brand new copy of the OMD live DVD and it now plays perfect in my DVD player. For my troubles they also sent me another DVD of my choice from their catolog free of charge.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PDW on January 11, 2009
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Whatever technical problems other reviewers were experiencing seem to have been resolved. I purchased this in January 2009 and it works fine (it's clearly NTSC, not PAL now).

The DVD itself is excellent. The sound quality, especially the DTS, is outstanding and the camerawork and editing are top notch. While this concert was recorded fairly recently, it wasn't some lame reunion show. The first half of the DVD is the Architecture and Morality album performed in its entirety. While not a huge commercial success, A & M is a brilliant album and this performance of it is top notch.

The second half of the show is various other OMD hits spanning various stages of their career, again performed very well. Andy McCluskey is somewhat of an awkward front man but still has a great voice and the rest of the band do an amazing job bringing these OMD classics to life (though clearly there is some pre-recorded/sampled instrumentation).

I highly recommend this DVD to anyone who has interest in OMD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OMD Man on June 16, 2008
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Great disc but was disappointed with the PAL copy. Andy McCluskey (lead singer) posted on the website that the german company that produced the disc made a big mistake. You can get an NTSC copy by letting Eagle Rock Entertainment know of the problem. The chief of us distribution is Randy Mahon [...].
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Bellenger VINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
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Wow! These guys are absolutely stunning live! I did not expect this concert to be of this quality. Who knew that these guys could play so well so many years after not playing together? The band last played together in 1988. This concert was filmed May 19, 2007 at Hammersmith Apollo, London. Almost 20 years after last performing together the band has never sounded better! Nearly every performance is flawless. The production and stage presentation is spectacular!

The sound quality is so amazing! It is INCREDIBLE! I cannot believe the sound that has been lifted from the performance! The stereo mix is very well balanced, capturing the elements in a 2-channel format. However, the *real* treat is the DTS Surround Sound mix. Woah!!! The drums are crisp, punchy, and clean. The vocals of Andy and Paul soar. The instruments come through loud and clear with clean separation. Andy's lead vocals do come through the center channel! The bass roars through the speakers and vibrates the surroundings. The music has never sounded so wide and full. I cannot recommend this enough for the surround sound mix! The music is powerful and alive!

Perhaps the reason that this music sounds so incredible is due to the age of the original recordings. The original single and album recordings were previously only available in stereo format, not giving one the possibility of hearing the music in multiple channels. The music produced in this concert uses modern technology, giving more warmth to the recordings. The songs shine in a new light with their updated, modern productions and multi-channel audio option.

As bonus features, the DVD includes alternate edits of "Maid Of Orleans" and "The New Stone Age".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Loveren on June 16, 2010
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Architecture & Morality was and still is one of my favorite albums ever produced. It is art simple and pure. Along with Kraftwerk, OMD introduced me to the "industrial" side of electronic music my last couple of years in high school. It was their fusion of nuromantic themes and pop lyrics set against an industrial backdrop that became infectious to my ears. This live performance captured on DVD is a perfect return to everything that is OMD! If you are the ultimate OMD fan, you will love the extra interviews on the DVD of everyone in the OMD camp explaining how this long awaited show came about...how a band with so many hit singles would remain in the shadow of all popular 80's bands...and how Architecture & Morality is considered the most important album of their career. In the later years, OMD's style would move from the edge of industrial, to "perfect pop songs" for mainstream radio and John Hughs movie soundtracks. My adoration for Orchestral Manoeuvres was just a memory...until I viewed this DVD! This performance is a return to the complete manoeuvres in the dark that I remember.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Cole on September 3, 2011
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I've been an OMD fan since their first album (not CD!). I bought this and the re-issued Architecture and Morality CD that has the bonus DVD recorded in 1981. Both are great and you should buy them both. The most striking comparison is the crowd. The 1981 crowd is all young people. The crowd in this video is probably the same people only 26 years older. Still, two great videos! Oh, by the way, the DVD with the re-issued Architecture and Morality CD is clearly marked that it's in PAL format. I figured if anything it would play on my computer. I popped it into my blu-ray player and it played just fine!
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