DV and DM
Digital video releases by Depeche Mode
Including Laser Disc, DVD and Enhanced CD releases
Like many platinum-selling music groups in the US, Depeche Mode has released music videos, concert films and other pieces to the masses. I have collected information regarding those video and film pieces that have been released in one of three digital formats: Laser Discs, DVD or Enhanced CDs.
Laser discs were the first digital video format available to consumers. Because of it's digital nature, feature-film-length playing time and better audio, laser discs offered a far better experience than VHS video tapes. Laser discs have long been the home entertainment connoisseur's choice for video playback.
Like CDs, laser discs are silvered and read using a laser. However, in size they are comparable to 12" vinyl records. Generally both sides of the disc are used to store the video.
Laser discs have probably reached the end of their lifecycle as a technology. Digital video is now generally being released on DVD (aka Digital Versitile Disc, aka Digital Video Disc). The final Depeche Mode laser disc release was for the live performance film, Devotional, released in 1993.
As of April, 1999 only two DVD releases containing DM material had surfaced: a Warner Bros. sampler containing Barrel of a Gun and an MTV Party To Go DVD that includes Personal Jesus.
With the release of Depeche Mode's second Singles collection, The Videos 86>98 was also released on DVD. This disc is not much more than a copy of the VHS release and does not include material that uses the DVD format's unique abilities. (However a re-release of the disc under the slightly changed name The Videos 86>98+ added more materials.)
In 2002 and 2003, Mode released two concert experiences on DVD. First was One Night In Paris, a well done filming of a performance in Paris on the Exciter Tour. In 2003, 101 was re-released on DVD with new material, including a second disc with a compilation of actual concert footage from the Rose Bowl performance.
The award-winning concert film Devotional has finally become available on DVD as of 2004. All of the tracks from the laserdisc version are included along with two additional songs, Policy of Truth and Halo. These leaves only four laser discs that can be culled for DVD release. I highly doubt we will ever see ... and Live in Hamburg or The Videos 81->85, so there is hope that Strange and Strange 2 might hit DVD in the next couple of years.
Alongside these video-oriented releases, I'm listing the videos that have been released on Enhanced CDs. These enhanced CD singles contain the four videos from ULTRA: Barrel of a Gun, It's No Good, Home, and Useless.
Depeche Mode Digital Video Discography
There are seven Depeche Mode releases in the Laser Disc format. More DVDs and Enhanced CDs are being released on a regular basis. If you have any more information regarding these releases, please contact me.
The releases are linked to a page that has a scan of the disc as well as the cover art.
Requests: If anyone has information regarding the above Depeche Mode releases or other comments, please feel free to send them to me.
Credits: This page developed by Ross Olson with assistance from OGi, The BRAT, and Stefan Moernaut.