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Documentary about long-running British electronic music band Depeche Mode, featuring interviews with all the band members as well as friends, colleagues and contemporaries including Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, OMD's Andy McCluskey, Daniel Miller, band biographer Jonathan Miller, producers Gareth Jones, Dave Bascombe, Phil Legg and Steve Lyon, and electronic music experts Mark Pendergast and David Stubbs. The programme also includes live performance footage, video clips, location shoots and news reports.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mvd (Generic)
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001YXXRYS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
The Mode and the Means

by

Rob Jones

Depeche Mode moved from Basildon boys to Stadium status and this dramatic elevation is the source of study in The Dark Progression DVD. This 97 minute document charts the remarkable rise of seemingly just another electro outfit to global warriors.
The early days had this pop product knocking out catchy radio fare that certainly caught the imagination of both young girls and the hit parade. However, those Vince Clarke led days were to take a major shift in emphasis as the mood was to get darker, deeper and denser in both its texture and outlook. Clare departed and then later down the road Alan Wilder moved on-but, this did not deter Depeche Mode from more adventure and ultimately enhanced commercial and critical acclaim.
Those cute chart singles were dispensed with and a mix of gothic and industrial overtones to an electronic sourced recipe led to both a fresh and enhanced fan base. There can be no arguments that this career path has proven to be a wise and winning route that has scored over 100 million sales and shows in front of audiences in excess of 80,000.
Peers of the profiled turn offer their opinions; and, it turn Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby plus Andy McCluskey (OMD) provide pertinent data. Record boss Daniel Miller and the producer Gareth Jones are also involved in amongst others who have had hands on experience of working with the Essex entrepreneurs.
Analysis from experts, a range of footage plus miscellaneous additions add to a pertinent package that makes for a wonderful watch just as a fan of music but as a follower of Dave Gahan and company what you have is an essential addition to your collection. Just can’t get Enough? There is plenty here to admire in a comprehensive account of the Violators!
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Unauthorized by (and therefore completely independent from) Depeche Mode themselves or their record company, Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression is a new documentary following the development and career of popular electronic band Depeche Mode, from their interest in New Romanticism at the start of their career through the darkness and urban industrial themes that permeated their albums, to the departure of Alan Wilder in 1995 and more. Packed with interviews with all the band members, contributions from their friends, colleagues, and contemporaries (including Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby, band biographer Jonathan Miller, and many more), rare performances by Depeche Mode, archive footage, video clips, location shots, and news reports, Depeche Mode: The Dark Progression is a "must-have" for Depeche Mode fans. Some tracks are also included, such as "Just Can't Get Enough", "People Are People", "Stripped", "Never Let Me Down Again", "Strangelove", "Personal Jesus", "Enjoy the Silence", "Walking In My Shoes", "I Feel You", and more. Highly recommended. 97 minutes, 4:3 screen format, stereo.
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I got this expecting very little. Just a thing to give a chance to.

Got blown away.... If you like DM or music at all this is one to watch. Don't doubt about it.
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Albeit an unofficial doco, this us the perfect 'in a nutshell' 90-minute take on their early career through Playing The Angel era.
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By Sam on April 7, 2012
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And few things new, really. If you're a die-hard fan you'll find this not so exciting and refreshing; but -on the contrary- if you're a newie, this will put you on the right track to know the geniuses behind the extra-awesome music you hear all time and that made you crave for more! ;-)
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