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It's all about the sound,
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This review is from: Dire Straits: Alchemy Live [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I have waited many years for this to come out in a digital format to replace my very worn out VHS copy which has been played almost to destruction. It did come as a very pleasant shock to see this released a couple of weeks ago.
When I first started it playing, the sound sounded almost distorted and "overdriven" through my TV set. Not only the concert, but the music accompanying the copyright messages and the menu sound. This is the only disc I have which does this so I was a bit suspicious. A few minutes into the actual concert I changed the audio to DTS 5.1 and within a couple of seconds my jaw was hanging open at the amazing quality of the sound. I have listened to Alchemy Live on CD, vinyl and the VHS copy probably hundreds of times over the years, and it has never sounded like this. Every instrument (especially the guitars of course) and every note of song is as clear and crisp as when it was sung. Brilliant!
The picture quality is a bit of a letdown for a blu-ray. It is in 4:3 aspect ratio, and it is very grainy in places. But it is many times better than the VHS copy - and you have to remember that this is nearly 30 years ago now.
But the bottom line for me is that it isn't about the picture, it is about the sound - and for anyone who thinks they have heard Alchemy Live, they need to listen to this and think again! Well worth the wait
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Initial post: 19 Jul 2010 15:16:33 BDT
The source is video, if it were filmed on 16mm or 35mm it would likely have presented a very huge upgrade in PQ, but the 4:3 source is already limited to 576 lines of framed visual information at the source so you're never going to see more detail and cropping to 16:9 would have left you with only @ 430 lines of visual information and would have looked even worse.
But your review is bang on the money, this is all about the audio and the 24/96 dts-ma 5.1 lossless mix on the Blu-ray is the best I've ever heard Alchemy sound.
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