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    INXS - Live Baby Live
    Polygram/Universal . R4 . COLOR . 92 mins . G . PAL


    Recorded in Paris, New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Dublin, Glasgow, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Spain, Switzerland, Melbourne, Sydney, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and mixed at Rhinoceros Studios, Sydney, Live Baby Live is a selection of greatest hits from INXS. The video release is the filming of a live performance at Wembley Stadium where some 70,000+ fans created a sea of waving hands as hit after hit was performed on stage. Never has this reviewer seen a crowd move in such unison to each song being performed, not even when attending the X tour concert at the once named Melbourne Tennis Centre.

    In a tragic conclusion to their fledgling career, Hutchence departed us in typical rockstar circumstances. His stage persona was constantly compared in the early days with Jim Morrison of The Doors. He had a knack to play the audience with his mannerisms and his voice would sometimes put his studio recordings to shame. It is rare to see a performer with such energy on stage, and Hutchence was one of the best.

    This DVD is simply a revisited release of the earlier VHS title of the same name. Nothing has change here and the track listing remains the same, as follows:

    1. Guns In The Sky
    2. New Sensation
    3. I Send A Message
    4. The Stairs
    5. Know The Difference
    6. Disappear
    7. By My Side
    8. Hear That Sound
    9. Original Sin
    10. The Loved One
    11. Wildlife
    12. Mystify
    13. Bitter Tears
    14. Suicide Blonde
    15. What You Need
    16. Kick
    17. Need You Tonight
    18. Mediate
    19. Never Tear Us Apart
    20. Who Pays The Price
    21. Devil Inside

    This is a must have for all INXS fans.


    Video wise, the concert was recorded on 35mm film and is transferred to DVD with a decent quality presentation. Whilst no new transfer has been done other than the one used for the VHS release, this one shows up more detail, due to DVD's obvious increased resolution, as can be seen in the various crowd scenes where faces are clearly defined both close up and as they trail off into the distance; Wembley is a big stadium and it is chockers tonight folks.

    Colour rendition is what is expected, with the primary colors being rich, yet still exhibiting minute amounts of bleeding in some instances. Black level is adequate, but then again whether or not this is the intention of the cinematographer is not known - but it is nothing to complain about.

    Audio wise we are given a selection of either Linear PCM or Dolby Digital stereo. Whilst both soundtracks are off the same master, they do have their differences. The Dolby track is encoded slightly louder, hence emphasising bass and dynamics over the linear tracks. The PCM track though has much better fidelity, as is expected, and increasing the volume to match the Dolby track reveals the same amount of dynamics and bass if not all the more clearer and richer. Linear PCM is the go here folks.

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  •   And I quote...
    "This is a must have for all INXS fans."
    - Steve Koukoulas
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