'A Diamond in the Mind: Live 2011' [Blu-ray]
(Duran Duran / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)
Overview: Filmed at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England on December 16th, 2011, this stunning Duran Duran live show is the perfect combination of great music, amazing visuals and iconic style which has been the band s trademark throughout their career.
DVD Verdict: As the pitch black gradually turns into a dark purple light, the orchestral sounds floating beautifully, once we see the band they each of smiles emblazoned on their collective faces. Well, except for Nick Rhodes, of course!. The boys then launch into 'Return To Now,' which they back up with the lacklustre 'Before The Rain,' but then steam into a pulsating 'Planet Earth,' 'View To A Kill' (which I can always do without, in truth!) and the newer track 'All You Need Is Now.'
With harmonies and backing vocals from Anna Ross and additional band members such as Dom Brown (guitars), Simon Willescroft (saxophone), and Dawne Adams on percussion, all combining seamlessly; those crystal clear notes flowing from Simon still after all these years, we move on into the new tracks 'Blame The Machines' and disco-pop of 'Safe (In The Heat Of The Moment).'
The crowd-beloved 'The Reflex' is next, with another not-on-the-CD cut in 'The Man Who Stole A Leopard' following next (which is actually OK as it is truly not a good song!). Moving on and we get their fantastic version of 'Girl Panic!,' before a rousing 'White Lines' leads us into a fantastic 'Careless Memories.' 'Ordinary World,' the stutteringly-brilliant 'Notorious,' and then 'Hungry Like The Wolf' are all next, before the show comes to a close with '(Reach Up For The) Sunrise,' an energetic 'Wild Boys' / 'Relax,' and finally both 'Rio' and 'A Diamond In The Mind.'
For my humble money, A Diamond in the Mind: Live 2011 compares very favorably with their huge best-seller from 1984, Arena and so makes this a definite to add to your DD collections, trust me. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of Duran Duran 2011 Interviews, a Behind-The-Scenes Featurette (which, filmed in b/w shows each member preparing for the show in their own singular ways), and two bonus tracks: (1) 'Come Undone,' and (2) 'Is There Something I Should Know.'