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Closure and validation for the Duran Duran purists,
This review is from: Duran Duran - Live From London (2pc) (W/CD) (Dlx) (DVD)
If you were, like me, one of the original "Duranies" in the 1980's to latch onto this amazing band, this DVD brings back all of the magic you felt back then and offers up answers to questions you've been wondering about since the demise of the original lineup in 1985. I was never lucky enough to see Duran Duran live when I was thirteen, but I finally got the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream during their U.S. tour in 2005 when I saw them at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I was so excited to get this DVD to help me "fill in the blanks" of pieces of the live show I missed in my euphoric stupor. The concert from Wembley Arena in London is phenomenal. The guys look great, sound great, and you can tell are having a hell of a lot more fun this time around. The crowd is no longer dominated by a bunch of screaming teenage girls, but by 30-something women AND men who enthusiastically keep in lock-step with every beat and know every song lyric. Andy Hamilton, the original sax player for "Rio" and "Union of the Snake" is on hand, as well as the beautiful, leggy Sarah Brown who magnificently backs up the vocals in key places, such as on "Come Undone" and "I Don't Want Your Love". I thought this was a nice change from the "Arena" tour concert where they had backup singers on almost every song. Andy and John really come to the forefront in this concert as Simon's backup vocals on most of the songs, which I think sounds better and highlights their harmonizing vocal talents. The concert is a good 2+ hours long, and the set list is paced so that you have a few slower songs in the middle before they take you to a frenetic, energized finish.
The Bonus Features offer a good 2+ hours of additional entertainment. The documentary is nothing like Sing Blue Silver, trading copious backstage footage for one-on-one interviews with each band member. They talk about their rise to fame in the 80's, and candidly discuss for the first time what was going on around their breakup in 1985. It was a revelation to finally understand what happened between the five of them then, and an even greater appreciation for their reunion in 2001-2002. A suprising breath of fresh air for me was finally hearing Roger Taylor speak, who had always been the most reserved member of the band and whose departure from the group was always the hardest for me to understand.
Besides the documentary, the next best Bonus Feature is the song commentaries. Now, my one complaint about this DVD is that the menu to go through the song commentaries makes no sense. You go through two of them (there are 10 total), then you have to go all the way back to the main menu, hit bonus features, hit song commentaries, then scroll through to get to the next two. Anyway, it's nice because each member of the group offers commentaries on two songs from the concert footage. John does "A View to A Kill" and "Notorious" (with cheezy commentary on Liz Hurley's black stockings), Roger does "Sunrise" and "Hungry Like the Wolf", Simon does "The Chauffer" and "Ordinary World", Nick does "Come Undone" and "What Happens Tomorrow", and Andy does "Is There Something I Should Know" and "New Religion" (while taking a good-natured popshot at Simon). Even the most knowledgeable 1980's Duranie will learn something new about each of these songs, or about what was going on in the band at the time the song was a hit.
The other Bonus Features aren't that great. There is a photo slideshow set to "Save a Prayer" and a 3D clip of "I Don't Want Your Love" with 3D glasses, which I just watched and isn't that special.
My one final complaint isn't about the DVD itself, but that Andy Taylor not ONCE takes off his friggin' sunglasses the entire time - during the concert, the documentary, never. C'mon Andy, the Corey Hart look was over a long time ago.
You can't miss this DVD if you were ever a hardcore fan. You will dance, you will sing, you will laugh, and you will FINALLY understand the devastating breakup. And now, that doesn't even matter anymore, because they all say themselves that they can see doing this for a long time to come. I hope we are all that lucky!