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  • Actors: Dire Straits
  • Format: Live, DVD-Video, Limited Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C5M02A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,685 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dire Straits final concert at Sydney entertainment centre 1986, tracks include : Ride across the river Expresso love Industrial disease So far away Romeo & juliet Private investigations Sultans of swing Why worry Your latest trick Walk of life Two young lovers Money for nothing Tunnel of love Brothers in arms Solid rock Going home

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JayJayDee on 2 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
First up I will suggest to DS/MK fans that this is the best preserved live performance by either Mark Knopfler solo or Dire Straits as a band. Despite the opposition and perhaps some well known better audio recordings.

And, within that compliment, this is possibly the best ever (firmly focussed) singing performance by Mark Knopfler.
Like many fans I have known and loved for over twenty five years the original songs that are recreated on this DvD . This performance - recorded for posterity at the culmination of the Australian tour of 1986 - was broadcast by Australian Channel Nine to ANZ. Along with many other fans I 'sourced' VHS copies and then made audio cassette copies. The extended versions are, without exception, great improvements on the studio versions, both structurally and musically.

For this reason gradually I found that I played these performances of these classics throughout the early 1990s in preference to the studio albums. The original cassettes then faded and self-destructed through overuse - as they always did... but the performance is preserved on this DvD. For enjoyment by the next generation and by us unrepentant neanderthals.

To any Dire Straits fan who does not have this in their collection I can only say - 'Buy it without delay!' And for those who may have thought that Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits are not quite their cup of musical tea, then, please try it also. This is quite simply music-making of the very highest order.

Highlights are the opening track 'Ride Across the River' and the sequence of 'So Far Away', 'Romeo & Juliet', 'Private Investigations' and 'Sultans of Swing'.

But there are absolutely no weak tracks in over two hours. Tomorrow I'll prefer the finishing sequence.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Turner on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Well, after a long time wanting to see a concert from the legendary Brothers In Arms live in '85 tour, I finally came across this dvd on Amazon. And what a great concert dvd it is. In my opinion, this is the time Dire Straits were at their absolute peak, and this show captures the last show of the tour from Sydney, Australia.

The picture quality is as you would expect of a show filmed on video in 1986 - that is to say, if you're used to watching modern day HD blu-rays, then you're going to be a bit disappointed. But, it gets the job done, and is perfectly good to watch.

The audio is stereo, and lacks a bit of beef - again, it's not going to match a DTS HD track, but you can hear what's going on, and as with the PQ, once you start watching the show, it's just pure enjoyment from start to finish.

All in all, well worth a purchase to see a great band at the height of their powers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Botham on 26 Nov. 2010
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What a great concert this is - absolutely superb.
I recently came across this on Amazon and have just watched it on a decent laptop with headphones. So a quick note about the quality.
Given that it was filmed for television in Sydney during 1986 (26/04/1986), the overall picture quality is not too bad, but certainly not up to modern standards. The picture holds fine but consider it is like watching a VHS video without the blips that so often occur with tape. It appears that no work has been done to the original recording so it has just been lifted from the master. The sound was, in my opinion, a better than expected bonus. I found that once the concert started I had no reservations about what I was listening to and the concert is so good that I didn't even find I was that concerned about the picture quality either.
There are new versions of old favourites and some good new introductions too. For about the first half of "So Far Away" the track is played acoustically and very good it is too. "Sultans" takes on another dimension with so many more members in the band performing it than the original 4-man line up. Prominent keyboards and saxophone make this a stunning version of a classic. The version of "Expresso Love" is also an excellent one. All through the concert the music has a great flow to it. Many tracks are of course featured from the "Brothers In Arms" album.
It plays out at 2 hours and a bit - 2.07 I think. Great audience participation and the band respond to provide a memorable occasion. Mark Knopfler is fantastic, even by his high standards.
This is also an important release as it provides a link between earlier and later dvds available from the group. The first 2 albums are well covered by the "Live In Germany" dvd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giorgio on 25 Feb. 2011
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I agree with the previous reviewers: this is the best Dire Straits concert video (not like there's too many of them ;-)

It's just a pity that the picture quality is this poor, I'd say a 5 out of 10. I've watched it on a 50" plasma tv, and what I found most annoying it's the colors: they're sooo off, incredibly oversaturated. The audio is fine, no DTS or anything like it, but fine.

BUT... the concert in itself is a great one. The band is having a great time and it shows. There's a funny part where Mark Knopfler breaks a fingernail, and decides to - literally! - bite it off to keep on playing. The alternative version of "So far away" is plain beautiful. Actually, I'm going to extract the audio from this dvd, because it is a great selection of tracks.

I'd say, get it before it goes out of print.

UPDATE 10/01/2012: seems like the cover art has changed (I actually preferred the previous one, with that beautiful Australian skyline at night).
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