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A stunning live in-concert extravaganza filmed at the final concert on their Synchronicity World Tour (and the last ever Police concert) in Melbourne, Australia 1983. Twenty-two years later, this spectacular concert has never sounded better. For the very first time on DVD, the audio has been remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, and includes three different audio soundtracks including DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo. Originally directed and edited by Godley & CrŠme, this energetic and power-packed live concert brilliantly captures the Police at the height of their success, when Synchronicity ruled airwaves and the trio were one of the biggest bands in the world. The songs performed during the concert include their most memorable hit singles including 'So Lonely', 'Roxanne', 'Message In a Bottle', 'De Do Do Do De Da Da Da', and 'Every Breath You Take', plus several songs taken from the Synchronicity album. The DVD also boasts exclusive performances filmed in multi-angle as well as a rare interview with the Police. Universal. 2005.

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  • Actors: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland, Tessa Niles
  • Directors: Kevin Godley, Lol Creme
  • Producers: Derek Power, Kim Turner, Lexi Godfrey, Miles A. Copeland III
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: A&M
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AANBG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,131 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Geni on November 22, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a killer set, well-performed, with an adoring audience, directed by Martians.

All of the Synchronicity material goes down brilliantly, from the breakneck pace of Synchronicity 1 to the jazzy, floating ambience of Tea in the Sahara. The old stuff goes down great also. They turn on the jets for Walking on the Moon, which Sting plays on an upright bass and which sounds brilliant. So Lonely sounds terrific even after all the times they'd played it before. O My God becomes De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da without missing a beat.

However, whichever village idiot directed this thing needs a new career, far, far away from an editing board. Should you choose to buy this DVD, your eyes will be treated to:

- Terrible video special effects that were clearly put in just because the technology making them possible had just been invented and the directors were extremely excited about this, and not for any reason of artistic merit whatseover apart from lending fuel to those who disparage the 80s

- Random switches in the color scheme from color to black and white, and then to blue to red to yellow tinting (because, didn't you know? blue red and yellow is the color scheme of the Synchronicity album. You didn't know? Well, we'll do it five more times and then you will know. We'll also splice in footage of fans wearing Synchronicity shirts, too, right in the middle of the songs. Because, didn't you know? It's the SYNCHRONICITY TOUR.)

- More excessive arbitrary use of slow motion than in Peter Jackson's King Kong

- Pointless swirl effects during Tea in the Sahara

- Random and extensive shots of devoted fans with bad 80s hair singing boisterously along.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By moviemusicbuff on July 29, 2006
Format: DVD
I am an avid fan of the Police and I was eagerly awaiting this DVD of the Synchronicity Concert. When I watched it, I found myself being very annoyed by the frequent zooming back and forth of the camera of the audience (with people dancing, screaming, or mugging the camera) and then to the band members playing in concert.

When the camera was focussed on the band members, it focussed too much on Sting, and not enough on Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. I wanted the camera to zoom in more on Andy Summers when he was playing solos or nice rhythm work on the guitar, but to my annoyance, the camera was either fixed on Sting or zoomed in on the audience.

The sound quality was quite good and the set list was quite generous, featuring 18 songs that span their career and which cover their greatest hits. About 1/4 of the songs are from the Synchronicity album. The special features offer multi-angle shots of 4 songs (Synchronicity II, Roxanne, Invisible Sun, and Don't Stand So Close to Me). There is a very interesting interview of the band captured in 1984, after their tour was over and just before their break-up.

This DVD could have been much better if more attention was focussed on the band members performing rather than the audience.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Run Like Hell on October 26, 2005
Format: DVD
The Synchronicity Concert was originally released on video, in both VHS and (gasp!) Betamax. It now arrives on DVD with all the enhancements you'd expect: chapter search, improved sound quality, extras. The disc is NTSC format and is encoded for Regions 2,3,4,5 and 6. It has eighteen chapter stops.

Shot on (presumably NTSC) video before the widescreen era, the transfer is in a ratio of 4:3. The picture quality does show some signs of the material's age, though: while close-ups are generally sharp, wider shots do show some softness, particularly noticeable when the cameras are moving through the audience. Skin tones tend towards the orange, though that may well be an effect of the stage lighting.

There are three soundtrack options, Dolby Digital 2.0 (analogue Dolby Surround) track that presumably replicates the one on the video and 5.1 remixes in Dolby Digital and DTS. Given that the concert was professionally recorded on multitrack equipment, the 5.1 tracks are the ones of choice. I would give the DTS the nod as to me the Dolby Digital 5.1 track has the bass mixed too high.

The extras begin with four extra tracks: "Synchronicity II" (4:50), "Roxanne" (5:59), "Invisible Sun" (4:42) and "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (3:40), with a "play all" option. Each track has a choice of four angles. One is tight on Sting, another on Summers, then there's a wide and long shot of the entire stage, while the fourth is a different angle on the front stage.

The next extra is an interview (6:36) with the band at the final concert of their Synchronicity Tour, in Melbourne in February 1984, announced at the time as the last concert for at least two years. An offscreen interviewer speaks to Copeland, Summers and Sting in turn.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JoseS ( on February 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
One of the last Police concerts, brilliantly captured. The band broke up after the 'Synchronicity' tour. Sting later said there was nowhere to go but down from this concert, that the Police had reached their ultimate expression as group artists. Enough said...
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