Dire Straits - On The Night 1993

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A collection of tracks from the huge group Dire Straits, playing live.

Starring:
Dire Straits
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature exempt
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Dire Straits
Studio UNIVERSAL ISLAND
Rental release 15 November 2004
Main languages English

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Tammy P on 7 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
This is Dire Straits live in concert.
I love this DVD! It takes you back to the days when DS were stadium superstars and touring was a big production. It is a perfect showcase for the genius of Mark Knopfler who, by the way, looks very cool. MK is not a show off. There are no apocalyptic "Time to smash some guitars" scenes here. Mark Knopfler is here to play his many guitars, and he does just that, extremely brilliantly.
True, the DVD was shot in 2 different locations, so what? It is very well shot, the colors giving a feel of the mood and ambiance that come with each song. The setlist offers a unique insight into the musical explorations of Mark Knopfler from the dynamic "Solid Rock" to the mysterious, bluesy "You and Your Friend". "Private Investigations" shows some remarkable guitar work with plenty of close shots on fingers to illustrate the great guitar picking style that is Mark Knopfler's trademark. What a delight!
The band members are very well rehearsed and give a tight and solid performance.
What's not to like???? It's a fantastic show. It rocks! Just what a rock concert should be all about. If you like Dire Straits, you will like this DVD.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Spinner on 21 Mar. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having read some other review of this album which complained about Mark Knopfler's seeming lack of motivation, I was slightly concerned that this would not prove to be as good as it might have seemed.
I'm glad to say that those fears were unfounded. This is a wonderful recording of these performances: it's probably the best video of a live performance I've ever seen. Regarding the playing, Mark Knopfler seems just happy more than unconcerned - happy to play his many guitars and please the crowds. The rest of the band, of course, do a great job as well!
The song selection is good here as well, although I would have liked to see the legendary "Sultans of Swing" performed as well. That's being churlish though - there are so many gems here, including "Walk of Life", "Romeo and Juliet", "Money for Nothing", and of course the wonderful "Brothers In Arms", to name but a few.
Overall, great watching, worth getting!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mark_knopfler_fan" on 2 Mar. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is the best item I have ever bought ever in my whole life. An hour and a half of musical genius from the greatest guitarist/musician in the world.
Every song is the best version of that song. Although sultans of Swing and Telegraph road are absent, you do not notice it.Their absense is more than conpenstaed by a magnificent Brothers in Arms, Local Hero, Money For Nothing and the other usual suspects.
There are six guiatrs on show and each are played to perfection. The Interlude in private Investigations, played on a classical guitar, is the most advanced guiatr playing I have ever seen. The Intro solo to heavy Fuel is awesome, just Knopfler and drums soloing for a minute or so. Great drumming solo in calling Elvis, the extended outro solo of Brothers in Arms, the reawakening of Onevery Street, the interaction between the band as they solo at the climax of Calling Elvis, the quality and sound of the guitaring of You and Your Friend, the orgasmic solo in the iddle of Money for Nothing, the atmosphere of the crowd and Knopflers perfect guiatring make this the best footage of dire straits ever.
Footage is taken from twotadiums and there is much pedal steel and wind intrumentals to make this an all round musical treat.
This is better than Alchemy and a night in London and is testament to the Genius Of mark Knopfler.
I have watched it every day for 6 months now and it still turns me on. PLease buy it, you will not be dissappointed.
Thanks again Mark,you are the best!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 July 2009
Format: DVD
I have spent many a happy hour watching this dvd with my best friend and even now, after repeated viewings, I'm still left in awe at the musicianship on offer. From the concert opener `Calling Elvis' with that constant underlying pedal steel riff and tongue in cheek quacking percussion (you'll know what I mean when you hear it) to the awesome `Heavy Fuel' and `On Every Street' with more amazing pedal steel from Paul Franklin, this concert has a great selection of tracks from the `On Every Street' album. It also has some firm favourites like `Walk of Life', `Romeo and Juliet', `Private Investigation', `Money for Nothing' and `Brothers in Arms' to round of the track selection in style. Knopflers guitar playing is as tight and inspiring as ever and the tone he manages to wring out of his Pensa Suhr guitars is nothing but breath taking. The audience are obviously enjoying themselves, as are all the musicians and this makes for great viewing experience, really putting you in the moment with the crowd. For a slice of live Dire Straits this really can't be beaten and it is still a favourite live dvd of mine all these years later. Simply incredible.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By paula Burns on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Firstly, let me say that I love Dire Straits, so I so wanted this to be great. Unfortunately, it really isn't. The performance is laboured and, to top it all, the sound is stereo only. So, if you have a home cinema set up, you will be very disappointed, as the stereo mix is very thin and quite harsh. Also, the video quality is nothing special. Such a pity....a couldn't care less production by both the band and the producers of the disc. Do yourself a big favour....forget this one(I sold mine) and buy Alchemy Live. The video quality isn't fantastic, because it is over thirty years old, but the performance and the remixed DTS sound is really fantastic,very rich with plenty of base. Alchemy is a brilliant tribute...On the Night is not.
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