One year ago yesterday, Duran Duran played at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, as one of the last dates of their Paper Gods Tour. While this event might be significant enough to talk about in itself, the show was filmed. In fact, I believe, the concert aired in some parts of the world. Then, I remember hearing in a couple of different Katy Kafes that there was an official DVD release planned for. Yet, I have seen and heard nothing else about this. Now, I admit that maybe something has been said or announced on official channels and I have been too busy to notice. That is highly possible. That said, at one point, you could watch the concert on YouTube. Even last night, when I checked, you can definitely watch various clips from it. So, if people can see it or parts of it online, is an official DVD release necessary? What would this do for the fanbase?
I have been pondering the question of whether or not having actual DVDs is necessary. I think back to when I was a kid. Buying or getting a VHS copy of Sing Blue Silver or the videos was a big deal. While most of what was released on VHS could be seen on MTV or other channels, especially cable channels, I still wanted a copy because it meant that I could watch it whenever I wanted. I didn’t have to wait for it to air. I could just slide it into the VCR and go. This definitely worked for my friend and I as watching Duran was one of our favorite activities. We had so much joy with every viewing of Sing Blue Silver, for example.
Then, of course, VCRs gave way to DVD and blu-ray players. Still, it felt like a big deal to buy official DVDs. After all, in many cases, there were extras included that could not be seen on TV or even online (at that time). I love that I can still put Sing Blue Silver into the blu-ray player and watch it whenever I want. Lately, though, I have noticed that there are a lot less official DVD releases happening. For example, I wanted to buy my niece some DVDs of shows that she likes for her upcoming birthday on Sunday (Happy 16th, kid!). Unfortunately, not all of the the shows she likes is available on DVD. She can stream them but not own actual DVDs. I suspect the reason behind this is that many people out there don’t buy DVDs anymore. Streaming services allow people to watch shows that they are interested in at any time. The DVDs aren’t necessary. Of course, I wonder what will happen once shows leave Netflix or Hulu or whatever they are on. Will DVDs be made then? I bet they will only get made if it appears that a large number of copies would be sold to make production costs worth it.
This leads me back to Duran and this DVD. Will it be released? If so, when? Does it matter? I do not have a clue on the first couple of questions. Anyone know? Personally, I would like a DVD copy of that show. Why? First of all, I love the idea that there might be extras. (Of course, I have to acknowledge that I have no idea if there would be but the possible idea still excites me.) Beyond that, though, I would love a copy that I could just slip into the blu-ray player. I wouldn’t need wi-fi or a streaming service. No, I would be able to watch it easily over and over.
Now, why would I want this particular show? Before you all start thinking that I would want it because I was there, that would be completely wrong. I didn’t attend that show but I did go to a few shows and would love, love, love to have some quality footage of what shows on the Paper Gods Tour were like. I would be reminded of songs that they played just for this tour that I’m sure I have already forgotten. It would be closest thing to having shows I attended on video that I could relive over and over. Just think about it. I could watch the confetti of Pressure Off whenever I wanted. Then, I could skip to the beach balls of Rio before watching the amazing background images of trees and lyrics that accompanied Paper Gods. Beyond all that, I also get excited about the idea of what the packaging would be like. I remember getting the DVD for Live from London and A Diamond in the Mind. On top of having amazing shows on film, I also got an amazing package, which is one of the things I absolutely adore about Duran. They care about the details and have made their fans care about them, too.
So, what do the rest of you think? Should this show be released on DVD? Would you buy it?