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Like Never Seen Before: Duran Duran DVDs

I have been enjoying the recent set of questions of the day. I originally started the set by asking about who owns what album and in which format. This started because I was curious about what I have always suspected, which is that there are a number of fans who don’t own certain albums (Medazzaland, Pop Trash, etc.) Then, I also wondered about how Duranies consume their music. Much of what I suspected proved true through the daily surveys. Soon enough, though, I began to be curious about videos and various DVDs released over the years. This led me to find a complete listing of videos released over the years. Many of these I could have listed myself but others I have forgotten about. Here’s the list:

  • Duran Duran Video Compilation (1983)
  • Duran Duran Video 45 (1984)
  • Dancing on the Valentine (1984)
  • As the Lights Go Down (1984)
  • Sing Blue Silver (1984)
  • Arena (An Absurd Notion) (1984)
  • Three to Get Ready (1987)
  • Working for the Skin Trade (1988)
  • 6ix by 3hree (1988)
  • Decade (1989)
  • Extraordinary World (1993)
  • Greatest (1998)
  • Live from London (2005)
  • Classic Album: Rio (2008)
  • Live at Hammersmith ’82! (2010)
  • A Diamond in the Mind (2012)

As I look at the list, I have some observations and also more that I want to know from our fan community. I notice that the number of DVDs released has slowed way down compared to the 80s. I understand this. After all, there are other means for fans to watch various media featuring the band. That said, the very last video compilation was Greatest in 1998. There have been a lot of videos released since then: Someone Else Not Me, Sunrise, What Happens Tomorrow, Falling Down, All You Need Is Now, Girl Panic, Pressure Off and Last Night in the City. Would fans like a DVD with all of these, even though they are available online? I can only speak for myself and say that I would. While I can pull these videos up online, I would love to be able to easily see them all at once. Plus, I’m sure that the band would do amazing things with packaging. Perhaps, another idea would be for the band to do a complete video DVD with all videos. Wouldn’t that be cool for the 40th anniversary?

What about live videos? How many of those have there been? There have been 5 of those covering these tours: Rio Tour of 1982, Sing Blue Silver Tour of 1984, Strange Behaviour Tour of 1987, Reunion Tour of 2004, and the All You Need Is Now Tour of 2011. Honestly, I wish there were more, lots more. This leads me to another idea. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a DVD that features live clips of every tour? I cannot imagine that the band wouldn’t have footage of every tour somewhere in their archive. Maybe this could be a way to showcase how awesome they are live. That would be a cool set of questions I could ask, too. What song should be included for each tour, if we can only pick one song per tour? Or if we cannot get a DVD focused on each tour, maybe, we could pick one more tour to have a live show for. Would we want a DVD of Paper Gods like we have heard as a possibility or something else? Maybe a show from the Wedding Album, for example? The first tour?

The last set of DVDs are documentaries or behind the scenes footage. The most well-known is Sing Blue Silver but many fans mentioned how much they loved Three to Get Ready after asking about it on the question of the day. Extraordinary World is hard to come by as it was not available on regular DVD, at least not in the States. Maybe they could re-release that one. What about more documentaries in the same vein as Classic Albums: Rio, where the band explains each of the tracks? Which album would you want covered that like? Of course, there were some documentaries as part of other DVDs. For example, there was a documentary attached to Live from London. Is that enough to cover the reunion or would we want more? Would we want a documentary about a different era than 1984, 1987 and 2004? I think yes. What other footage exists that could be turned into a documentary? Could we get a documentary about the 40th anniversary?

In thinking about the DVDs that already exist makes me want more. I want more videos, more live shows, more documentaries, more of everything. I cannot be the only one, right? It also gets me to think of other questions that could be asked with the questions of the day. On that note, I might just have to put on one of the DVDs that already exists. Happy viewing to me!

-A

Official DVD Release: Necessary or Not?

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?

-A

Live DVDs and Documentaries

Do you ever read the Collector’s Corner on Duran Duran’s official website?  Have you read this month’s?  This month, which you can read here, focused on the Working for the Skin Trade DVD.  This is a concert video from 1988, as part of the world tour supporting Notorious called the Strange Behaviour Tour.  What I really like about this month’s “corner” is that it explains the history of it, including format, when and where it was released and more.  I know that I appreciated it being part of the Notorious re-release box set that came out in 2010.

The corner goes on to explain that this DVD was a companion piece to Three to Get Ready, a documentary focused on preparations for the tour, a behind-the-scenes look at the band and its team then.  As pointed out on the corner, this documentary came in two versions, a short on and a much longer version.  I remember seeing the longer version after having seen the shorter version and being shocked that there was a lot more swearing in the longer version!

Reading this Collector’s Corner got me thinking.  How often has Duran Duran released live DVDs?  How often have they come out with documentaries surrounding a tour or album?  The first live DVD I can think of is Hammersmith 1982.  Does that tour or album have a documentary connected with it?  There is the Classic Albums DVD in which the band describes making of Rio in detail.  Does that count?  Obviously, the Classic Albums DVD came out years later but…close enough?

Then, of course, there was the classic, fan-favorite of Sing Blue Silver that showcased the 1984 Sing Blue Silver Tour.  There is a live concert for that tour as well, As the Lights Go Down, that was also released on a re-release box set of Seven and the Ragged Tiger.  What about documentaries or live shows for Big Thing?  Not really even though a live show was included on the re-release.  Liberty?  Nope.  The Wedding Album?  There was the documentary Extraordinary World, but that isn’t readily available.  I don’t think there was a live DVD for that time either.  What about the rest of the albums before the reunion?  I can’t think of any.  (Doesn’t meant that there wasn’t.  I just can’t think of one.  If you know of one, please let me know.)

Then, of course, the reunion happened.  Astronaut did have some DVDs released.  We know that Live from London was a live concert from shows in 2004.  There were some documentaries around then, too.  The Astronaut album had one.  There was also a small one on the dual disc and a longer one as part of the Live from London release.  In thinking about those releases, I realize how cool that was!  What about Red Carpet Massacre?  Again, I cannot think of anything official.  All You Need Is Now had a live concert with A Diamond in the Mind.  There was a small documentary on that, but nothing like Sing Blue Silver or Three to Get Ready.  Paper Gods, sadly, has not had either one.

Overall, I would say that Duran Duran fans are pretty lucky to have had as many as live concerts and documentaries as we have.  That said, I cannot be the only one out who would have loved to have them for each and every album.  Now, the next thing I think of is which one is my favorite live concert and favorite documentary?  What are your favorites?

-A

Duran Duran Unstaged on DVD

Anyone see this posted on Duran Duran’s Facebook and Twitter this week?

Unstaged ad

That’s right.  Duran Duran’s Unstaged will be coming out on DVD in less than 2 weeks in the United States and Canada!  To refresh everyone’s memory, Unstaged was a film by David Lynch from a live concert that took place in Los Angeles in March 2011.  It wasn’t quite a concert film but it wasn’t quite something else either, but a combination of Duran Duran live with strange images and projections from the mind of David Lynch.  This DVD won’t be exactly new footage as some of us (coughRhondacough) were there that night while others of us reviewed it from the YouTube stream.  (You can read about Rhonda’s experience here and my review here.)  Unstaged was also shown in movie theaters as well, which many of us got to experience (read those reviews here and here.)  Despite having seen it streamed online and in a movie theater, I’m still pretty excited by this DVD release.  Why?  I’m excited to see how I view it now and I’m excited for those extras!

If you read my review in March of 2011, you can tell that I wasn’t super thrilled with it.  I didn’t know what to expect and it showed.  I found some of the images problematic and I missed just seeing the band perform live, which is more of what I expected based on other concert films.  Yet, when I went to see it in the theater, I knew what to expect and could really enjoy it more!  Yes, perhaps, my enjoyment increased due to seeing the band on the big screen!!  I have to admit that I have seen the band on the big screen three times (Live from London in November 2005, A Diamond in the Mind at Durandemonium in October 2013 and Unstaged) and each time has been REALLY awesome!  Is it seeing the band larger than life?  Is it being in a room with other fans?  A combination of both?  Maybe.  Thus, I’m interested to see how my reaction changes again after seeing it at home, in my own living room.

Of course, beyond seeing it for a third time, I’m pretty excited by those extras.  I’m always excited to see DVD extras.  According to the photo above, there are 11 extras.  Here is the list:

Trailer
Reunited
Backstage
In the Studio
First Instrument,
Concert & Song
Star Struck
Q&A
Nick s Dream
Simon s Dream
White Light

I suspect that we might have seen some, if not all of those.  I am also sure that many/most/all might be available on YouTube, but they aren’t all listed together and I can’t just watch all of them together.  Plus, I’m also confused by what I can find on YouTube.  For example, if I look up Duran Duran Unstaged Trailer, I find these videos and more.

Which trailer is the one on the DVD or will it be a completely new one to me?  I look forward to finding out!

I do wonder about a couple of things, though.  First, I wonder why it is being released on DVD vs. blu-ray.  I would have preferred to get it on blu-ray but I do understand that it might have been easier to produce on DVD for various reasons that are beyond my knowledge.  Second, I know that it has been released somewhere beyond North America but I can’t remember exactly where.  Australia?  If you know, let me know!  I also wonder why it can’t be released worldwide?!  I’m sure that there are lots of other fans who would love to own, just like I am!

What do the rest of you think?  Are you excited by this DVD release? Will you be ordering it, if you can?

-A