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  • Format: PAL, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SBZEG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,910 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The late Ronnie James Dio was one of the greatest rock singers of all time, most notably with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio. It was at London s Astoria Theatre on October 22nd 2005 that Dio took to the stage to deliver one of the most memorable performances of their career. Not only does Holy Diver Live feature the classic Holy Diver album in its entirety, recorded live for the very first time, it also features among others Heaven & Hell and Sign Of The Southern Cross from his Black Sabbath days, Tarot Woman, Man On The Silver Mountain and Long Live Rock N Roll from Rainbow days and We Rock from his solo career. Always a great live performer, Ronnie James Dio could rarely have been better than on this autumn night in London. This Blu-ray makes this classic performance available to be seen and heard in high definition for the first time.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
RONNIE JAMES DIO or Ronnie James Neo? As with many acts these days, DIO is an artist who, in recent years, has released a live album circa every new studio album. 'Killing The Dragon' was followed by 'Evil Or Divine', while last opus 'Master Of The Moon' preceeds his current release - 'Holy Diver - live'.

One more for the road then, but tellingly, this is not just another live release - nods to M & S commercials aside, this is a live collection that sees RJD perform the classic 'Holy Diver' album in its entirety - and some job at that. In spite of inevitable signs of strain and sometimes ludicrous improvisation, DIO remains an unbelievable live vocalist, flying the flag for old school heavy metal at full mast with both flair and gusto.

'Holy Diver', 'Don't Talk To Strangers' & 'Rainbow In The Dark' are probably the most popular classics from the album, while lesser known vintages such as 'Gypsy' & 'Caught In The Middle' truly justify the success of this project - and reason 26 to shop for Dio (shepherds pie just out of shot).

Concerning other fan favourites, its the same old song - heavyweight material from his RAINBOW and BLACK SABBATH days to keep even his most ardent fans happy, including a shortened version of the epic 'Sign Of The Southern Cross' and magnificent cuts of 'Stargazer' & 'Tarot Woman'.

Sadly, there's no material from 'Master Of The Moon' itself - disappointing given the album's quality, but given the only song to feature on the tour was 'The Eyes', you wouldn't have bet on any appearances. Finally, its interesting to note that DIO has recorded his latest live chapter with his former guitarist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Dio's Holy Diver Live is a very enjoyable release from one of Rock and Metal's most famous artists.

During the two hour run time the band play a selection of songs from Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio in addition to performing the entire of the Holy Diver album.

If the band's line up or the concert's tracklisting bothers you then feel free to give this a miss, but for everyone else you'll find a very strong Live Blu Ray indeed.

The sound, both in terms of recording quality and mix is simply excellent and the picture quality is very high, with suitable camera work and a good pace of editing.

Ronnie James Dio's performance live is fantastic as always and the band which includes Doug Aldrich on guitar, Rudy Sarzo on bass and Scott Warren on keyboards are on top form, performing professionally and delivering the material with flair and enthusiasm.

Drummer Simon Wright even performs a surprisingly enjoyable and musical drum solo, which is lengthy enough to sink your teeth into but still short enough that it never becomes boring.

The band also enliven the material with little twists on the material here and there, such as different drum fills or guitar licks than on record as well as adding dynamic endings to some of the songs which faded out on their original albums.

The only complaint to be had about the film is that there are one or two shots in which the drums on screen are blatantly not coming out of the speakers (simple editing mistakes, where you can see snare rolls in the background during sections without snare rolls) but there are only about three such mistakes in the whole film and therfor not really worth too much concern.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ronster500 on 3 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
Dio has, as Tenacious D point out, rocked for a long, long time but on the evidence of this live concert DVD, its going to be some time yet before he is ready to pass the torch.

This show, filmed at the London Astoria in October 2005 was built around the seminal 1983 album 'Holy Diver'. The prospect of seeing the whole of the album performed live drew in the punters wherever they played, and the Astoria was packed out to see Dio's current line-up take a step back in time. There was a late change to the squad however; regular guitarist Craig Goldy had withdrawn from the tour with a hand injury so former Dio six-stringer Doug Aldrich deputised at extremely short notice, having just completed a tour with Whitesnake.

Although the band were renowned at one time for their ever more elaborate stage sets, these days they stick to the basics, just five guys on stage, with lights, amps and a simple backdrop (of the 'Holy Diver' album cover art) - Denzil has long since been retired! The filming of the concert footage is similarly straightforward; plenty of camera angles offering many views of the band members rocking out, including one 'flying camera' over the crowd. Unlike the previous DVD: 'Evil or Divine', there is no grainy filter effect nor are there any sepia 'cut' shots - just straightforward live footage all the way.

With such a minimalist approach it falls to the guys on stage to deliver the goods, and alongside Ronnie James Dio is one of rock's real showmen in bassist Rudy Sarzo. He throws shapes many guitarists would balk at, while keeping perfect time and all with a huge grin on his face - he shows here why he has remained in demand among the premier league of hard rock.
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