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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 Great classic concert Aug. 22 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concert but bad recording Jan. 14 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. Guess it was taped on VHS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dire straits Alchemy Dec 21 2012
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait ! Jan. 28 2011
I have been waiting a long time for this..thank goodness they decided to produce a high quality DVD copy of this concert. This is Dire Straits at their best and Mark Knopfler in his 'youthful' prime. The versions of "Sultans of Swing" and "Telegraph Road" are worth the price of the DVD. Certainly worth owning if you are a Dire Straits/Knopfler fan!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits in their prime May 24 2004
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Format:VHS Tape
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.
Looking forward to this being converted to dvd format.
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