Duran Duran Live in 2011: A Diamond In The Mind (Blu-ray) 2012 DTS-HD Master Audio
Duran Duran seemed to epitomize the glitzy 80s in a way few other bands ever did, but like the 80s themselves, the band faded as the decade came to a close, losing a couple of members to various maladies (like exhaustion), and seeming, for a while at least, to become yesterday's news.
Rather incredibly, though, the band (in a slightly different personnel assemblage) took the charts by storm again in 1993 with a decidedly more mature sound that included their gorgeous ballad "Ordinary World", a song that immediately reestablished them as pop-rock dynamos and led to a resurgence of interest in their 80s material as well.
Now more than thirty years after they first rose to international prominence, the band has released this live concert video, recorded at Manchester's MEN Arena in 2011
Duran Duran Live in Concert 2011:
A Diamond in the Mind features the following songs:
01. Return to Now
02. Before the Rain
03. Planet Earth
04. View to a Kill
05. All You Need Is Now
06. Blame the Machines
07. Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)
08. The Reflex
09. Man Who Stole a Leopard
10. Girl Panic!
11. White Lines
12. Careless Memories
13. Ordinary World
15. Hungry Like the Wolf
16. (Reach Up for the) Sunrise
17. Wild Boys/Relax
19. A Diamond in the Mind
The visual aesthetic was the subject of quite a bit of planning, as evidenced by this quote from Nick Rhodes, taken from the press sheet accompanying this release. "We wanted to create a dynamic, interactive show, combining new technology with edgy design. The brief for our lighting designer was 'Pixel Punk'. This manifested itself in the convergence of hi-tech screens with a powerful, asymmetrical lighting rig. The primary aim was to re-invent our songs visually and introduce material from the new album as a unique sensory experience. With this in mind, the screens were populated by science fiction, supermodels, anime, psychedelic patterns and graphic design. Four massive mechanical arms were programmed to swoop down over the stage, firing beams of light, like the aliens in War of the Worlds. And the audience was integrated with the show, as live cameras were turned on them, projecting their images behind the band. Hanging high above the stage, four giant heads presented another dimension to the production, as they came alive as band members, skulls, robots and a girl transforming into a leopard."
Duran Duran Live in Concert 2011: A Diamond in the Mind has two lossless audio options, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix and an LPCM 2.0 stereo fold down. Fidelity is superb in both of these tracks, but perhaps surprisingly, the LPCM 2.0 mix features a slightly more bombastic low end which may make it preferable to some listeners. The 5.1 mix nicely splays the layered instruments across the front channels, while audience sounds and ambient hall reverb fill the rear channels. The instruments are prioritized really well and there's a nicely shimmering clarity to the band throughout the concert.
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0 (less)
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian (less)
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Region A (B, C untested