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Dire Straits Alchemy Live [Blu-ray]

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Alchemy was a double live album originally released in 1984 with an accompanying VHS, now released on Blu-ray for the first time and contains the following:

Main Content (90 minutes) Alchemy Live 23rd July 1983, Hammersmith Odeon, London ***Intro*** (Saturday Night At The Movies) 1. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. Expresso Love 3. Romeo & Juliet 4. Private Investigations 5. Sultans of Swing 6. Two Young Lovers 7. Tunnel of Love ***Encore*** 8. Telegraph Road 9. Solid Rock 10. Going Home - Theme from 'Local Hero' ***Credits***

Bonus Content (79 minutes) Live TV Performances * Tunnel Of Love (The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980) * Sultans of Swing (The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978)

Documentary BBC Arena: Dire Straits [58 mins] 22/12/1980

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Bricktop TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity Live--Dire Straits at their best. April 21 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Dire Straits has gone through many stages as a band. This video is a fabulous example of the bands sound, quality, professionalism, and grace shown at the Hammerstein Odeon in 1983. This is set in the period after their smashing debut album, and just before the 20 million selling Brothers in Arms. These are the two albums that most fans are familiar with. I, for one am a huge Dire Straits fan, and have listened to the band for 13 years now. The concert concentrates on Knopfler's incredible guitar work which shows on such compositions as "Once Upon a Time in the West" and "Wild Theme--Local Hero." The music is strong and solid, always taking you in and immersing you in a visual display of rock at its absolute best. Vintage country music is also an obvious influcence to Dire Straits' sound, and is shown in Two Young Lovers, the only song they play off of the now discontinued EP, Extendance E Play. I strongly advise you to purchase the video and soundtrack to this live experience. The quality of this band is unsurpassed by most any band before or since.
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By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This eleven songs, are totally super...also in this live concert, nice pictures and colors at the record album too.. M.K's brilliant guitar work beats everyone others...this guy is the best on guitar in the world. the songs the plays here gives a lot't of good, emotions, and feelings and thougts...etc..perfectly played live whith good lyrics and terrific instrumental sound.... the work very very well together at the stage... songs like "Sultans Of Swing", Tunnel Of Love", "private Investigations", and Telegraph road.." is very strong and powerful on their ways...like the other songs to. no one beats this. Dire straits own sound.... M.K's clothes , i really like them to... strange but i've got some in common whith M.K. to, and the music.. thanks... goddbye , from J.L.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An overrated concert April 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This 1983 concert was not the band at their best. The instrumentals ramble at times in the first half. This version of 'Romeo and Juliet' is a stinker and no match for the studio original. Knopfler's vocals are not up to scratch in some tracks either and in some songs on this video has an annoying habit of changing the lyrics from their original form. Parts of the concert have been edited and it clearly shows.
The second half is better though, the strongest tracks by far are 'Sultans of Swing', 'Tunnel of Love' and 'Telegraph Road'. The 'Going Home' theme is good too. I saw the group live in 1986 and they played a much better concert than this one so I say stick to the original studio albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous! July 3 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
very good quality (both video & audio,considering is a 30 years old concert) and a great Dire Straits performance.To whom I would recommend this? Anyone interested to listen somethig very special
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly mindblowing! July 17 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits at their earliest best!All the songs were excellent though I think Portobello Belle should have been included. The new version of 'Once upon a time in the west'was interesting as was the blistering live version of 'Sultans of Swing'! The Mel Collins saxophone intro to Tunnel of Love was very melodious.Watch out for Terry Williams'drumming on Sultans of Swing. All in all very good stuff with amazing guitar and drum licks.A must for all Dire Straits fans.
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By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
What can I say except Mark Knopfler is at his best on this video. I don't think you will see a range in guitar styles and techniques on any other recording that could match Alchemy Live. Sultans of Swing, Tunnel of Love & the Opus Telegraph Road are among some of the best songs on this video and in the music industry overall. And best of all his songs actually tell a story and have meaning unlike a lot (not all) of the mundane pop songs that we hear today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic concert
I was looking for the DVD for a long time and found this Blue Ray, a lot better.
I would recomend it for classic rock fans.
Published 12 months ago by Luchoga1
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concert but bad recording
Buy it if you love DIre Straits. I dont know if I was shipped the original product as I bought from an Amazon vendor and the recording of the video is not very clear. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Orlando V. N. Demelo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dire straits Alchemy
I purchased this video for my husbands birthday.He has watched it several times.We both really enjoyed it and would consider buying more of their videos
Published 20 months ago by patricia newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait !
I have been waiting a long time for this..thank goodness they decided to produce a high quality DVD copy of this concert. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2011 by Grant M McCaughey
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading on the packaging
While I agree with the only other current review that this is a great album and the sound quality is fantastic, I was nevertheless disappointed when I first watched it. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2010 by B. Anderson
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... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by traveling wilbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits in their prime
One of the best live performances ever recorded. All of their material up to 1983
is on this video. Pop it in, sit back and crank it up, you won't be disappointed. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure this was really Dire Straits?
I was abhorred by this concert. It didn't sound like the Dire Straits songs on their record at all. None of the leads were anywhere close to the originals, and the vocals were not... Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003 by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazon Purchase - Worth Every Penny.
This video is during the height of their youth and enthusiasm. Some of Mark Knopfler's vocals are uneven but his guitar work is magnificant as is the work of the other musicians. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 1999
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