Depeche Mode: One Night In Paris [UMD Mini for PSP]
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Despite their 20-plus years in the music business One Night in Paris demonstrates that Depeche Mode are by no means dinosaurs of synth-infused rock. While they could have easily ended up on the retro tour conveyor belt, as many of their early-80s contemporaries have, they have always managed to remain relevant. Directed by long-time artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn the concert footage concisely captures the atmosphere of the show which was seen by over 1.5 millions fans in 2001. Though there is an obsessive focus on the half-naked Gahan and the "fallen-angel" Gore throughout, at various points the camera withdraws to expose a huge screen at the back of the stage. Combined with the angry stage lighting, the projection films (which include footage of a goldfish swimming in a tank for "In Your Room") provide an added epic feel. Predominantly made up of songs from Exciter, the track-listing also includes old favourites such as "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus".
On the DVD: One Night in Paris' visual and audio material is of an excellent quality, which further enriches the strong live performances. The bonus material on the second disc (particularly the interviews with the band and tour crew) neatly complements the material on the first disc. However, the 50-minute commentary (which is more like a short-course on the practicalities of photography) by Corbijn is dull and over-indulgent. Watched independently of the concert footage, the stage projections also make lacklustre viewing. If the bonus material had been selected more sparingly all of the items could have been combined on one disc making a more succinct package. --John Galilee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I watch it in it's entirity 3 nights in a row - not something I have done with any other DVD. Dave Gahan is amazing live, Martin Gore skipped and was brilliant. Fletch was there too.
Not just for DM fans, for all live music fans.
As for the content, yes, I agree with the previous reviewer, it's not the same experience as when you're there, no matter how big your TV or how effective your sound system.
Admittedly, vocal shortcomings are always going to show up on a live recording, but when you're getting a rarely-performed It Doesn't Matter Two and a superb reworking of Condemnation, I can forgive any off-key moments, and it's all worth it for the obligatory crowd-waving during Never Let Me Down Again.
What's most interesting when you watch this show however, is how the Depeche Mode live show focuses so much around Dave and Martin, not just as individuals, but as a sort of double-act, hovering between moments of intensity, and moments of light-hearted exchanges. This is especially evident now that Martin has pretty much entirely abandoned keyboards for guitar onstage.
Dave remarks in the interview section how Martin's new onstage persona has served to move the Depeche Mode live experience away from what could previously have been seen as the "Dave Gahan show", but what this concert film serves to show is how it has most undoubtedly become the "Dave and Martin Show".
The extras are a welcome bonus, and the crew and band interviews are interesting.Read more ›
Aided and abetted by a versatile, unstoppable drummer, and a technical whizzkid genius keyboard player - to aid the 'official' useless keyboardist - Depeche Mode have become a slick, powerful, rock band. They're not breaking new ground or pioneering anything anymore, but I don't know of any musician past the age of 30 who is.
For a start, the songs from the latest, limp album "Exciter" sound vibrant, alive, punchy, with the heart of darkness that somehow manages to taint everything they touch. It's just impossible for them to write anything happy anymore. Secondly, they look as if they're actually enjoying themselves again. And whilst the set, for the opening salvo, may be rooted in newer material and older album tracks, it is still received as eagerly as if they were playing nothing but their hit singles. And the traditional quality gap between the hit-free part of the set and the big hits is almost nonexistent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant DVD of depeche mode live in Paris. If you like DM, you'll love this DVD. I would highly recommend itPublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by P. Phelan
A few nights ago, I fortunately had the chance to attend a Depeche Mode concert and had fun seeing them live. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2013 by marriedmoneywizardintraining
Of course Depeche Mode are cool. Good service, nice quality. Well donne, good luck. Be Depeche Mode! Stay good and happy!Published on 23 Jun. 2013 by TZUP TZUP
This was bought for my brother in law as a present and he reliably informs me that he loves it to bits.Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by S. Brown
This review is way overdue but after recently watching this dvd for only the second time since it's original release, I felt compelled to share my thoughts. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2010 by Stoogemund
This DVD has all what it needs to be great, except for its rather odd and distant audio mix. Had that been perfect, that this would be an 5 star release.Published on 14 Oct. 2009 by Karel Van Isacker