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Dire Straits Alchemy (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Reviews

"Blu-ray includes the material from DVD in Hi Def and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround, plus the original live album as downloadable MP3 audio files."

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dire Straits
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Import, Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS-HD 5.1), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Phantasm Imports
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003D83DPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,143 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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137 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Philip A.Cohen on May 26, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The people who have criticised this Blu-Ray disc fail to consider the following:This concert was filmed in 1983 on 16mm film at a time when even the best consumer video format(Laserdisc) had resolution less than what DVD has today. We can all agree that the performances and surround sound mix on this Blu-Ray disc are superb. I've purchased both the Blu-Ray & DVD editions from Amazon's British website and viewed both on my 54" plasma T.V. and can assure you that the Blu-Ray disc's picture is dramatically superior to the DVD edition, even if Blu-Ray makes the film grain more visible(the concert was filmed under low-light conditions).

I should explain that the reason why the U.S.A. price on the Blu-Ray & DVD editions is quite high is because Universal Music in the U.S.A. is merely importing the British discs instead of pressing their own. It's much, much cheaper to import them yourself from Amazon's British website. The British DVD set has been pressed with NTSC video/All regions, and the British Blu-Ray disc has been pressed for worldwide(all regions) playback compatability. Universal in the UK also offers a set which pairs the DVD with the 2-CD audio set. Universal can't officially distribute that edition in the U.S.A., where Warner Brothers' license on the group's CD releases is still in effect.

As for the music in this concert, it finds the group touring behind their "Love Over Gold" album, at a time when the group had added keyboards, saxophone and a more proficient drummer for a more exact reproduction of the group's increasingly melodic & complex arrangements. This doesn't mean that there isn't improvisation and elaboration. There is, and the group finds a groove and stretches out with renditions that are typically much longer than their studio counterparts.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 5, 2004
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I have seen Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler live quite a few times, and of all the concert footage I have seen of Mark and the band, this is still the best. The concert was a sold out event at the Hammerstein Odeon in 1983, and presents a set of pre-"Brothers in Arms" classics that any Dire Straits fan should love. The concert also became the basis for the live two CD set of the same title, which is still probably my most played CD of all time.

For those of you that have never seen Mark in concert, understand that he never plays a song exactly the same way twice, and that the live versions of the songs are generally a bit longer than their studio versions. That's fine with me, especially in the classics like "Tunnel of Love," and especially the crowning achievement "Telegraph Road." The strength of the band is critical to achieve the sound Knopfler demands, and "Telegraph Road" better illustrates the strong, yet subtle, interplay of all instruments in a Dire Straits live set than any other song (Terry Williams' drumming is particularly strong during this performance.)

Seeing Dire Straits live was always my greatest musical thrill. This video is the next best thing to being there: it has great sound (much better than most concert films), great lighting, great photography, and is well edited. I give this video an unquestioned five stars.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By traveling wilbury on July 8, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This film catches Dire Straits at their best...a concert for the ages.

State of the art audio quality when first released on LP, the video and soundtrack for the video release were Digitally Remastered.

The box says "This is a recording from one Dire Straits Performance...It contains no re-recordings or overdubs of any kind". Definately, the band on a great night, with the best possible sonic quality.

Long over-due for an upgrade to DVD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bricktop VINE VOICE on July 16, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Let's get the bad out of the way, Alchemy was filmed on video. What you see here on this Blu-ray is likely the best this will ever look, it's limited by the source material. No amount of baking, scanning and what-have-you is going to do this source material any favours.

This is also presented in the original aspect ratio of 4:3, meaning on a high definition TV you will have black bars on the sides. This is perfectly normal. If they were to re-scan the source material to present it in 16:9 you'd be now stuck with around 400 lines of source resolution and it would be ugly, so either zoom in on it or please hold your tongue...this is as good as it gets.

Now for the juice - Chuck Ainlay has gone back to the original master tapes and done an amazing re-mastering of Alchemy as well as an amazing multi-channel surround mix, mastering to 24-bit/96kHz and encoded using the dts Master Audio codec, which is of course lossless.

The surround mix is enveloping and accurately reflects the feel of a live concert. Every single nuance of the performance seems to come across with delightful clarity, from the subtleties of Private Investigations to the all out rock and roll of Sultans of Swing. Until now the best I've ever heard Alchemy sound is on the original German vinyl pressing, but I have a new favourite and it is this Blu-ray disc.

Whether you kick the lights and TV off and flick your receiver into a PURE DIRECT mode, shut your eyes and float away into this amazing concert or watch it at the same time, this one will be sure to be in constant rotation for a long time to come.
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