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Dire Straits Alchemy (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (2010)

Dire Straits  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dire Straits
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Import, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003D83DPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,627 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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116 of 120 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remember the vintage of this material 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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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I couldn't be happier that "Alchemy" is on DVD at last! Over the years I have worn out two VHS copies, and the CD is among the most played in my library, so I'm thrilled to finally have a shiny new DVD in my hands. Some have criticized the DVD for having imperfect picture quality, and it's true that there are imperfections, the notorious "hair" on one of the cameras' images towards the end of the show is the most objectionable artifact, and I too wish the picture had been cleaned up a bit, but it is certainly not as onerous as some make it sound. Remember that this DVD is from a single show that occurred at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on July 23, 1983, and was shot on 16 mm film: given the vintage of the footage, I think the image is more than acceptable (though I'm not sure it's worth the extra for the Blu-ray disc) and any imperfections are more than made up for in the quality of the audio track, which is superb.

I have always been a huge fan of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler, primarily because of their musicianship. It's pretty amazing that the musical craft was so highly prized that there was a point made to put a note on the cover reading "This is a recording of excerpts of one Dire Straits performance, it contains no re-recordings or overdubs of any kind." It is not uncommon for live albums to be tweaked in the studio, and given the complexity of the material here, it's astonishing that the concert is musically flawless.

This concert was done at the heights of pre-"Brothers in Arms" fame, and contains much of their best material.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Video Companion To The Best Live Album Of The 1980s December 5, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
The package arrived on time and love the music
Published 4 days ago by Terry T
5.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits
Great album, have a cd for the car and listen whenever I am on a long trip.
To see the group perform was a treat, really would have liked to have seen them live.
Published 3 months ago by Annette Radocaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Really nice sounding mix and still one of my favorite Dire Straits albums. Way better than the CD. Add this to your must own list.
Published 3 months ago by John A Rein III
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, however could have been even better as they missed a golden...
Dire Straits' famous concert from Hammersmith Odeon in the summer of 1983, while their fourth album 'Love Over Gold' was still in the album charts has made it onto DVD/Blueray at... Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Luvagooddvd
This DVD may be a bit older but cannot be better!! Awesome!! Keeps you going from start to finish, a must for your collection!
Published 6 months ago by Linda Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars alchemy, live
I chose this rating because my boyfriend likes it so much, but when we got it in the mail it was loose in the cartridge and it got a few scratches on it before it was even opened.
Published 6 months ago by jill2405
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome except...
My favorite Dire Straits recording. I was disappointed to see that a most exquisite performance of "Love Over Gold" is not on the DVD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars So-so
Regarding the CD, it was a great concert, but the quality of the recording is not as good as I expected it to be. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joan Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for cats
It was OK - watched it the first time and that was enough - now it just sits on my shelf. I suppose if you are a fan you would like it but even my wife who is a huge fan has not... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Salesman
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more
The video is not a concert that gets you tapping your toes. I have heard probably all their records through the years and expected a stonger more vibrant show. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Francisco Moya Huff
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