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Keith M.

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Has anyone checked this dvd out yet??

It sounds like it has some interesting features for a concert dvd:

Interviews
Still Gallery
Bonus Track
Multi-angle Feature
Background Films
Anamorphic Widescreen · 1.85:1
Dolby Digital 5.1

I am tempted to pick it up, but am interested in your opinions...

thanks
 

Brian_Linnen

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i got it this weekend, and have only had time to check out the actual concert - no extras.

what i have seen is excellent though! i saw them twice on the exciter tour and i really think the dvd captures a lot of the .. uh, excitement from their live act. dave is in much better voice than the previous 'singles' tour.

if you like the mode, pick this up without fear. i really think you will enjoy it.
 

Brajesh Upadhyay

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Overall, it's a pretty good two-DVD set. Video quality is A- (there's visible grain in the way it was filmed). Audio quality (5.1) is generally first-rate. Minor complaint: the center channel IMO is mixed a bit too loud (it would've been better to pump the music up a bit to mask some of the harshness of David Gahan's live singing). The music is the real star anyway :)
Also, I really wish they'd included "I Feel Loved", which was a highlight at their Madison Square Garden show I attended. "Enjoy the Silence" is great, especially turned up loud, as with most other tracks.
 

Steve Conrad

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Hey Keith.
Picked It Up For The Wife Last Week.
I got a chance to play around with it this weekend,
I've never actually seen DM live. (yet) but the
show is pretty decent. Here is the kicker,
it sounded really good... then I realized all my levels
and settings on my receiver were all set to default!
-i switched the breaker in my house the night before!
(D'oh)
I'm sorry, but I can't really give you a in-depth review at this point.
The second disc is alot of filler
the multi-angle feature is lackluster
the interviews are weak.
Dave Gahan seemed like he was on something :frowning:
But it looks like it will stand for repeat viewings.
good luck!
-SRC
 

Keith M.

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I just picked it up, I will be watching it tonight. Last night I was busy with UHF, damn good time!!

Back in the 80s, I was lucky enough to catch em live 3 times

Ill post my opinions later this week...
 

Keith M.

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well, I finally got around to watching it. I thought the audio quality was good. The music was very good, but the vocals were awful, to the point of embarrassment. Its getting too operatic, forced and less natural. And I think it is time the singers come out of the closet!! I definetly dont remember this group to be so "feminine" (to be kind). Maybe I was too young back in the 80s when I was a fan to realize this. But watching this concert really turned me off...


sorry!!
 

Brook K

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Their voices have never changed, but the past album's songs are mostly slower and lack the vocal kick of past work. I thought this was the weakest album they've put out and the least satisfying of the concerts I've been to.
 

AllenD

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:emoji_thumbsup: I've been a SCHMODE fan since MTV first played People Are People. I'll have to pick this up. Just wondering, does Martin Gore play any instruments outside a keyboard on this DVD?
 

Keith M.

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Martin Gore also plays both acoustic and electric guitar. I really enjoyed the music, but I just thought the vocals were disappointing. I agree that the last few albums have been lacking something. Their earlier material will always be my favorite. I think my favorite DM album so far is Black Celebration...
 

Brook K

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My favorite Mode disc is also Black Celebration, but I don't agree with you about the last few discs. The two previous to Exciter were just as good as their 80's days.

I probably will pick up "One Night In Paris" eventually. According to the Mode site, Gahan and Gore are both going to do solo projects next, so we probably won't see another album until 2004 at the earliest.
 

Steven L

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I definetly dont remember this group to be so "feminine" (to be kind).
I don't think the group is feminine, mainly just Martin Gore (and he's always been that way) - but that has absolutely no affect on how much I like them. Funnily enough, I was watching the guitar intro to the concert last night, when my daughter looked up and asked if Gore was a boy or a girl.

I have to agree that Black Celebration is their best, with Some Great Reward being a very close second. I also agree that I don't think their later stuff is as good. In fact, for me, Violator was their last really great album.
 

Mark H

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And while they're at it, bring out Devotional on DVD!!!
 

Ryan_TD

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I went to the show at MSG last June, and while I agree that 'Exciter' was their weakest album in years, they still put on a decent show. I also saw them a few years ago at MSG on the '86-96 Greatest Hits Tour' and that was a far better concert and a much better representation of the group. I thought 'Ultra' was an amazing album, just as every cd from 'Black Celebration' on through to 'Ultra'is incredible. Funny thing is when i was in high school i HATED these guys. It wasn't until David Gahan grew his hair long, od'd and tried to slit his wrists(circa 1993) that i grew to really like these guys. Weird huh.
Still, if you're a fan it's a no-brainer to pick up this 16:9 anamorphic 5.1DD concert.
My biggest complaint is they didn't play(or at least didn't include) the song 'CLEAN'(from Violator). At MSG last June, they ended the concert with this song and was by far the highlight.
It's a shame.
 

Brook K

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Thanks Ryan, "Ultra" was what I was trying to think of, one of their best albums. Yes, Mode always performs well, and this last show I had by far the best seats I've ever had (of course I also paid more than twice as much as I had previously), but I judge the ultimate quality of the show by the amount of older songs they play and for me the "Devotional" tour was the best that I've seen (of course it was also the first, but they played Master & Servant, Behind The Wheel, Stripped, Question of Lust/Time, Everything Counts and lots of others) with "Singles" 2nd, and "Exciter" a distant 3rd. In fact, they didn't even play my 2nd fav song off the disc "Shine" and only played a handful of pre-"Violator" tunes, "Never Let Me Down Again" "Flies on the Windscreen" and "Black Celebration".
 

Craig Beam

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My favorite DM album is Music For The Masses, but I love almost everything they've ever done... I already own their Singles DVD, and I'll definitely be picking this up.

Oh, and I've grown to like Exciter quite a bit, but it lacks the startling brilliance of their earlier stuff. I hate to say it, but their best days are behind them.
 

David_D_C

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I picked it up too. I watched it a couple times. I'm not a long time DM fan, my wife got me into them when I met her 4 years ago.

Overall, I thought it was great. The music was execellent.
Martin playing the accoustic guitar was fabulous.

Like others mentioned, I wasn't all that impressed with Dave Gahan's vocals in some songs, especially during "Enjoy the Silence." He hardly sang at all and when he did it wasn't very convincing. I wish they would have included "Someone."
 

Kelley_B

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Just to let you guys know there is a great easter egg of martin singing "Surrender" in his dressing room while getting ready and the back up keboardist is there playing keyboard...I forgot how to get there, but its on:
www.depeche-mode.com
I think this disc is fantastic! I saw dM in New Orleans during the Exciter Tour and thought Dave was in top form. The 5.1 sound does a great job of making you feel like you are there.
Devotional has one of the best light shows ever, would love to have that on DVD and while they are at it put out 101.
 

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