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Depeche Mode are to issue Video Singles Collection, in November, a first-ever career-spanning anthology of promo videos and short films.

The three-DVD package is being issued by Sony (they acquired the rights to the band’s catalogue in July last year) and spans the years 1981-2013. It features more than four hours of newly restored music videos and over two hours of new audio commentary on specific individual clips, recorded by members of Depeche Mode especially for this release.

The band have worked with some ground-breaking directors over the years, including Julien Temple, Anton Corbijn, D.A. Pennebaker, John Hillcoat and others.

“It’s been amazing to go back and relive all the experiences and memories these videos evoke after all these years”, the band are quoted as saying, adding, “It’s incredible to have all our videos finally together in one place and we’re hoping our fans enjoy this journey through time as much as we did.”

Excitingly for fans, Video Singles Collection is the first in “a series of band-approved retrospective projects” so we wait with anticipation to see what will follow. If you have any suggestions, then leave a comment.

Video Singles Collection is released on 11 November 2016.

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Just Can’t Get Enough (directed by Clive Richardson)

See You (directed by Julien Temple)

The Meaning Of Love (directed by Julien Temple)

Leave In Silence (directed by Julien Temple)

Get The Balance Right (directed by Kevin Hewitt)

Everything Counts (directed by Clive Richardson)

Love, In Itself (directed by Clive Richardson)

People Are People (directed by Clive Richardson)

Master And Servant (directed by Clive Richardson)

Blasphemous Rumours (directed by Clive Richardson)

Somebody (directed by Clive Richardson)

Shake The Disease (directed by Peter Care)

It’s Called A Heart (directed by Peter Care)

Stripped (directed by Peter Care)

But Not Tonight (directed by Tamra Davis)

A Question Of Lust (directed by Clive Richardson)

A Question Of Time (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Strangelove (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Never Let Me Down Again (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Behind The Wheel (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Little 15 (directed by Martyn Atkins)

Strangelove ’88 (directed by Martyn Atkins)

Everything Counts (Live – from “101”) (directed by D.A. Pennebaker)

Personal Jesus (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Enjoy The Silence (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Policy Of Truth (directed by Anton Corbijn)

World In My Eyes (directed by Anton Corbijn)

I Feel You (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Walking In My Shoes (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Condemnation (Paris Mix) (directed by Anton Corbijn)

One Caress (directed by Kevin Kerslake)

In Your Room (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Barrel Of A Gun (directed by Anton Corbijn)

It’s No Good (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Home (directed by Steven Green)

Useless (directed by Anton Corbijn)

Only When I Lose Myself (directed by Brian Griffin)

Dream On (directed by Stephane Sednaoui)

I Feel Loved (directed by John Hillcoat)

Freelove (directed by John Hillcoat)

Goodnight Lovers (directed by John Hillcoat)

Enjoy The Silence ’04 (directed by Uwe Flade)

Precious (directed by Uwe Flade)

A Pain That I’m Used To (directed by Uwe Flade)

Suffer Well (directed by Anton Corbijn)

John The Revelator (directed by Blue Leach)

Martyr (directed by Robert Chandler)

Wrong (directed by Patrick Daughters)

Peace (directed by Jonas and François)

Hole To Feed (directed by Eric Wareheim)

Fragile Tension (directed by Rob Chandler and Barney Steel)

Personal Jesus 2011 (directed by Patrick Daughters)

Heaven (directed by Timothy Saccenti)

Soothe My Soul (directed by Warren Fu)

Should Be Higher (directed by Anton Corbijn)

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Jamie

i can only find an NTSC DVD of this. no PAL VERSION? anyone help?

New Life

I know there’s no official promo for New Life but a pity something like this could have been included.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuSBFxmUeZg

Sue. A

I’ve asked for this for Christmas, I cannot wait for this <3

DaveH

Having this on blu-ray isn’t only about the picture quality. Blu-rays hold more information which allows for better quality audio.

This was the ideal opportunity to use the 5.1 surround mixes already created for the CD/DVD reissues and finally issue the non-album singles in 5.1 mixes.

Ron de Joode

No 5.1 surround sound …. missed opportunity ….

Stevo

What a shame they haven’t released this on Blu-ray! I would have bought it. I don’t want another large dvd box set like the tour of the universe box set I bought just prior to my Blu-ray days. :(

Neil

It’s not a large box set it’s in a slip case and is very thin which is annoying trying to get the DVD’s out. I’m glad they didnt release this on Blu-ray as no amount of cleaning could remove the grain from those anton corbijn videos also the ratio of the videos on the first two discs is in 4:3 so you would have those black bars down the side of the telly. The audio is PCM and sounds great btw.

Neil

I paid £26.99 for this and now looking at it again on Amazon it had decreased to £18.50 a day after it was released but no chance of a refund. I am getting totally sick of Amazon messing people about with their stupid pricing and things being out of stock on their release date like the recent Hipsway album which i had to order from elsewhere. I haven’t watched theses DVD’s yet so i cannot comment on the quality just yet but the amount of people moaning on Amazon about there not being a Blu-ray release and giving the product 1 star is just ridiculous.

Steve

Ridiculous isn’t it. Mine still hasn’t arrived so I’ve cancelled it and ordered it again at the much lower new price. What happened to their price promise?

DaveH

Is the audio the surround mixes or just stereo?

Daniel Howells

This is out already? I bought it in HMV Westfield yesterday .. only watched disc one so far but thought it looked and sounded fantastic.

Daniel Howells

Probably .. I didn’t see it in HMV Oxford St or FOPP so was probably a mistake and I got lucky. Very happy with it though apart from the super-tight card slots that house the discs (a bit like the Rust Never Sleeps re-issue) .. great having all those early videos on DVD finally.

Neil

What ratio are they ?

Keith T Brittain

Even though it’s a “singles” collection, they still should have included “Halo”, since it’s such a key DM song! Actually, though, a live verson of “Halo” is a b-side on a CD singles in the box set.

Otto

And again no blu-ray from Depeche Mode. Disappointing and no buy from me.

Anonymous

Also, forgot to mention in my last post: Yes, 4:3 IS very much correct. Nothing should ever be cropped. The original aspect ratio should always be left intact. I never intentionally purchase a product that crops the image or alters the aspect ratio.

That said, I understand that some people are unaware of how this works, which is understandable. Others have explained most of this already, but for my take on it: Things that were filmed in 4:3 can never be correctly altered to widescreen because no visual data exists to add to the sides. As others have said, when 4:3 is changed to widescreen, it is always done incorrectly: you either lose data on the top and bottom of the screen (in order to maintain the aspect ratio), or everything is stretched out horizontally (which I think looks very bad). That is why “black bars” on the side are a good thing; it means an original 4:3 was transferred correctly.

Anonymous

I’d like to add my vote to what others have said here about several things:

– Agreed that ALL of the videos should be released, not just those that happen to be singles. This should include every single one ever made, released or unreleased, good or bad. I plan to go ahead and purchase this latest collection, but I am extremely disappointed that it isn’t comprehensive. Do the people who produce these collections ever think to take a few minutes and ask the fans what they really want? Is it really too much to ask for ALL of the videos?

– Agreed; Strange, Strange Too, and Live in Hamburg need to be rereleased in order to update them to something better than VHS.

– All unreleased concerts should be released

– The B-sides and mixes etc. from the single releases that come after the singles boxed sets need to be rereleased as a collection (in whatever physical product form, whether that is a continuation of those singles boxed sets or by some other method).

That said, I would like to point out that some people such as myself vastly prefer DVD to blu ray and am pleased that this release is on DVD. Without going into details or getting into a debate about it (unless someone is really curious, in which case I’ll explain further), blu ray is a flawed technology that usually costs more and has never looked any better for older releases in my experience. And, as for streaming, the companies must be laughing all the way to the bank to sell something without providing an actual physical product. That leaves DVD as the most recent decent technology.

Neil

Release date changed to the 18th November.

memoryboy

On the Donna Summer post I read about SDE possibly influencing artists and companies to take action on future releases… I just want to put here really quick, in case anybody is reading, that Depeche Mode should really consider re-doing all their albums and improving the Remastered sound. I loved the extra films on the DM remastered albums back catalog, but the remasters themselves are like listening to the music through a cloth, very muffled sounding to me. Compare those to other releases. (The Singles 81-85 perhaps) there is a noticeable difference. The first 3 DM “Singles” box sets are in need of remastering too. I hope Martin Gore and Dave Gahan are reading this! I know you are! Hahahaha

Koen Kroeze

If you have the idea to compile a 3DVD box-set and I quote “It features more than four hours of newly restored music videos and over two hours of new audio commentary on specific individual clips, recorded by members of Depeche Mode especially for this release” I don’t understand why left out a few more promotional videos, which I actually saw on MTV before I had even bought the “Strange”/”Strange Too” VHS cassettes.

I really prefer a few more videos instead of two hours (!!!) of commentary. The clue should’ve been “Video Collection” instead of “…Singles…”. If I want to hear their singles I play audio and not video. (Weren’t U2’s “Numb” and “Love Is Blindness” video-singles only either?? I believe there were more songs at that time released as video only…)

And yes, the singles box-sets need to be updated, remastered and expanded. As well as their albums indeed…

DaveC

I Feel Loved Dan O Rama video remix woulda been a nice extra.

Bernard Smith

I would to have a THOMPSON TWINS video DVD collection . . . Please .

memoryboy

Neil is correct, “But Not Tonight” was issued as a single, while “Pimpf”, “Halo” and “Clean” were not. (Except “Halo” was actually issued as a single only in certain countries)

Neil

They* even

Jakub

Why are not the videos for Pimpf, Halo or Clean included? And why the hell But Not Tonight (this very bad DM song recorded in one day during the Black celebration session as a b-side for Stripped) has 2 versions included?

Neil

The clue is in the title Video Singles Collection. Those weren’t singles so why the hell would them include them ?

memoryboy

I agree with you 100% regarding the horrible remasters for the DM albums. And the bonus tracks ending up on the DVD’s. Horrible imo. I hope they re-do the albums at some point, with bonus tracks included on CD this time. The Box sets as I’ve said for the Singles (Box sets 1 – 3) need to be re-done as well, the remastering on the first three were done back in 1991? Time for an upgrade. I have to say though, the remastering on the Singles 81-85 is excellent and also the remastering on The Singles (2-Disc) 86-98 are also excellent.

negative1

am i the only person that has almost every depeche mode video released on laserdisc?

sure its not HD, but it was way better than VHS, and the sound is excellent.

i’ve transferred all of them digitally for viewing.

later
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Mark Reed

Hopefully they will listen to the view of the people who are the bands customers : the fanbase.

We don’t want material imprisoned on dead formats such as VHS. There is a lot of material not available anymore. The Live In Hamburg, Strange, and Strange Too films haven’t been in print for 20-25 years. There are a lot of alternate mixes and live songs only on 30+ year old 12″s and CD’s.

The 2006 reissues were spartan : Rushed 5.1 mixes, a handful of videos, and some leftover b-sides on the DVD. The only things worthwhile on them were the 30-60 minute documentaries, but they weren’t worth paying £20 for each set for. It wasn’t that they weren’t OK, but that so much was clearly missing.

The best we can probably hope for are individual album releases in the following configuration :

CD1 : Remaster of album
CD2: B-sides and remixes, extra tracks, compilation appearances*
CD3:Demos or alternate version of the album
CD4/5: Contemporary live set
DVD 1/2 : Live show, 2006 reissue documentary, videos, leftover audio

Ideally 1993’s “Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live” will finally be issued in concert running order with the full set.

*arranged in a way that doesn’t present 14 remixes of Enjoy The Silence in a row. That’s boring

Johnny Feathers

With the 86>98 package already out on DVD, I’m not sure how much this really offers, besides the videos from before and after that period.

More exciting would be a proper DVD/Blu-Ray release of their Hamburg video. If this is the beginning of a new retrospective campaign, maybe they’ll get around to that? Heck, I could easily see them doing a Blu-Ray box set of all of their live videos. Throw in some bonus material, and I’ll pre-order it as soon as it’s announced.

Renato

Oh, they should include the long and short Dan-O-Rama versions of I Feel Loved as extras – still a single, right? :)

Renato

No more singles box sets, please… I’d rather have new remastered and complete (including all the related tracks, either B-sides, remixes, promo-only versions, video mixes, outtakes, maybe some demos and other assorted rarities) editions of each album. And please, give us a complete B-sides compilation, and a complete video collection (considering the promo videos for the singles will be released now, maybe when Strange/Strange Too finally get a DVD or Blu-ray release the rest of the videos – non-single and alternative versions – could be included as extras; another possibility would be to release these other videos together with TV performances).

arnaud

Strange and Strange too???

Neil

What about them ?

Neil

I’m hoping they will remaster their back catalogue now properly as those remasters from 10 years ago were rubbish.

Michael

What was the Problem?
I think it was a very good Remaster and the surround-Mix and Bonus-Material was great.

Neil

If you listen to the remasters on the singles box set 4 to 6 from 2004 then listen to the album remasters a couple of years later the difference is like night and day and those so called album remasters didn’t sound any better than the original CD’s. They also stuck those bonus tracks which were far from complete on the DVD’s even the bonus tracks from the original CD release of Speak & Spell. One album i have never been able to get into at all is Playing The Angel as the mastering on that is horrendous and is unlistenable.

Marko G.

Mark, which ones would those be? I can’t enjoy any of DM’s more recent (albeit HD) videos. But to each their own…

Mark

Are you saying on the basis that the recent promos aren’t very good?
Suffer Well is probably the last decent one ( off the top of my head) . Would rather have ones from this era back to Ultra on Blu-ray than DVD.
Also, minor point . A Blu- ray release could be a single disc removing the need to get off my bum to change discs!!

Daran

Even upscaled the Ultra era videos don’t look very good on their 86-98 DVD compared to other bands promos. U2’s always look much cleaner/sharper image wise on their DVD’s. Must be an Anton DM specific thing, as the first Exciter era video which I don’t think he filmed looks much better.

Mark

So are we all saying that as SOME of the videos wouldn’t benefit from Blu-ray, then we shouldn’t be able to enjoy those that would ? i.e. The more recent ones.
Hey, maybe should have just released it on Betamax ?

paul griffiths

or even release it on phillips 2000

Jason

Not releasing a Blu-ray version is of course silly, even if some of the videos would be in low definition.

It could also have stereo / 5.1 options. Bit of a wasted opportunity.

I imagine they’ll burn us for a better version in five years’ time :-(

Leif Wiik

What I the world really needs is a 6-CD-box of both Speak & Spell and A Broken Frames respectively, with demos, live, alternative takes, unreleased songs and so on!

Thank You!

Ruedi

How about a Dead-or-Alive-treatment of Speak & Spell: 19 discs and 28 versions of Just Can’t Get Enough? :-))

Marko

Videos from Ultra footage are from Mtv concert series…

Darren Rigby-O'Neill

The Singles Tour footage was shown on MTV back in the day.

Glen Withonen

Regarding the format, I’d love a blu-ray release, but realistically it’s unlikely those early videos are going to look any good in HD – they’ll more than likely look terrible, so I’m OK with DVD if that’s all we’re getting.

Obviously videos such as Pimpf, Clean & Halo wouldn’t be included on a singles collection, but there’s no reason why both Strange & Strange Too won’t make an appearance on disc in future; the press release clearly states that this DVD set is the first in a series of DM archival releases by Sony.

There are a number future DM releases I’d love to see happen – like others have mentioned, a continuation of the singles box sets would be very welcome; but it’s actually the previously unreleased visual material that excites me most, something this new collection only hints at.

There are at least two or three professionally filmed concerts that DM never released back in the day; the first is the Hammersmith Odeon concert in support of A Broken Frame – most of which was released as audio on the extra 12″s of Get The Balance Right, Everything Counts & Love In Itself. This 1982 concert was deemed to ‘dated’ by the time it was ready for release when DM were recording Construction Time Again, so they set it aside; this story is covered in Steven Malins excellent DM biography Stripped. You can see snippets of the concert in the documentary that accompanied the 5.1 mix of A Broken Frame on the Collectors Edition back in 2007/8.

There is what seems to be a professionally filmed Black Celebration concert floating on YouTube ( https://youtu.be/IYZ9j7qgJ0c ). The audio provided the live tracks on the A Question Of Time single formats, adding credibility that this Wembley show was also once considered for official video release. At the time DM had they’re highest charting album & a new stage set design, so it’s not difficult to imagine that they would want to film one of the Black Celebration tour concerts for commercial purposes.

Now I’ve heard fans talk of quality Violator concert footage, but I haven’t personally seen anything that could be considered professionally shot & edited; however, that doesn’t mean this talk is nothing but wishful thinking, who knows what else DM have stashed away? Watching the doco on the Ultra Collectors Edition DVD reveals very nice footage of what appears to be a Singles Tour show – perhaps yet another unreleased concert?

So you see there’s plenty of exciting unreleased DM visual material potentially awaiting us in Sony’s official archival release series; personally, I’d love to have expanded multiple disc editions of many DM albums, & it’s clear that there is an abundance of material to support such releases. I think a great design would include would include the album + singles & b-side bonuses on disc one; another disc (possibly two for later albums) for the 12″/CDs remixes, & a DVD (or blu-ray for HD material) featuring those Strange films, unreleased concerts, EPKs & so forth relevant to the album in question, along with a nice book of photos, cover graphics, interviews etc. That could be really amazing if wefe done properly & I imagine many DM fans would jump to pre-order such releases, particularly for any unreleased content!

Will

The live tracks on A Question of Time were recorded at Birmingham NEC, not the Wembley show.
The Birmingham show was recorded for Japanese radio if I remember correctly – there is a very good FM broadcast of it floating around if you know where to look.

Neil

£29.99 on hmv.com pass

Ian Harris

I’m just glad this is complete, I saw some listings that had some tracks missing. I do hope there’s a commentary track for Leave In Silence which is such an awful video (well the space hopper bit anyway) it almost becomes genius!

Elliot

I’m glad all the videos from the early years have been included, I was considering getting The Videos 86>98 + but I don’t think I need to now. I agree with putting out a DVD release for The World We Live In and Live in Hamburg and including Strange/Strange Too on a DVD somewhere.

I have the first 6 singles box sets and would love to see box sets covering the rest of the singles (2001 – 2013) as some singles are quite expensive to track down.

Newmusicmark

I thought most of their videos were shot on film? I’m pretty certain at least the Anton Corbijin ones are. That means blu ray or 4k HDR is possible and will look much better, someday! . That would be expensive though for Sony as they just probably paid a lot for the catalog I assume . Also, it’s possible the original films are gone so maybe that can’t be done. Would be nice to know what the situation is. Music labels should be doing hi res scans of their film videos that they own, it’s the only asset they still have that they could demand high dollar for. Kind of said that film from 100 years ago can look better than a video shot merely 10-20 years ago

Shaun

They were. The early Corbijn ones look like 16mm given the heavy film grain.

Pure speculation but given the tech at the time it could be that the raw film was transferred to professional grade tape and then edited (either tape-to-tape or non-linear). Which means the final edit of the video(s) would be a SD tape master. So the videos would need to be reconstructed (not just transferred) from the original film elements in an HD edit environment. This would involve hunting down the films, cleaning, transferring and editing.

memoryboy

Jon appears to be doing the exact same thing he is ranting about. Complaining about whatever… LOL

Jeff D

Amazon in the US does have it listed. So it appears that it will be released in the States.

Daran

Having said the above, The deluxe Collectors Editions were nowhere complete track wise. I expect new SDE’s of all their albums will be released with full(er) track listings instead of the four or five we got previously, with the high res audio.

Daran

Strange and Strange Too are naff. I say that as a huge Mode fan. Nothing much to see there, except some wooden acting. However, if anybody is really desperate to see those again since their VHS player died then they have been uploaded on VEVO.

As many more sensible and knowledgeable types have already mentioned there is no point releasing this on blu ray. DVD’s still outsell BD’s apparently, and specific to DM the raw quality of some of the videos must be really poor, even the previous DVD video singles DM released is very poor compared to what can be achieved on DVD.

Shame they have not included the mini films that were done for each of the SACD / DVD DTS mix deluxe editions they released a while back. They are informative, and give some real insight into this great band’s highs and lows. Also the SOFAD and Ultra electronic press kits.

Renato

@Daran

The Violator, Songs of Faith and Devotion and Ultra EPKs are available on the second disc of the Videos 86>98+ compilation.

Steve

Hey Paul,
Since you asked, I’d like to see ‘One Night in Paris – The Exciter Tour 2001 ‘ reissued on DVD and for those that prefer Bluray since it’s out or print now. It’s one of the best concert films I’ve seen committed to film ever !

Paolo

As soon as I’ve noticed that the format was DVD only I figured in my mind the army of whiny moaners that would have flooded the comments section. Read the first 40 or 50 and then stopped. That’s quite annoying, frankly. If the main point is to bring constructive debate I believe that most posters fail to do so. I don’t see anything constructive in saying that the DVD is an obsolete media and they won’t buy this thing because it’s not released on Blu-ray, which makes a good 80% of the comments above. It’s like the complaints on other topics for stuff like vinyl and cassettes being included in deluxe boxes. As I’ve said already people will never be satisfied, no matter what’s being given to them, so at this point a stronger moderation for such useless discussions would be welcomed.

Daran

Perhaps people who try to subdue criticism are more worthy of censorship through strict moderation?

Carlton

I would like a proper complete b-sides collection, but I imagine that’s a fairly standard wish-list entry.

Derek Langsford

No Deluxe Edition with a VHS tape? A missed opportunity.

BTW not all tracks were remastered in 5.1 I was very sad that Shake the Disease, a non-album track, was not in 5.1 on any of the SACDs.

thomas

well, concerning the “series of band-approved retrospective projects”, i’d love to see them finally continue with the singles box sets! since i own the first six boxes and didn’t really buy any of the cd singles from the later albums, a continuation would be very welcome ;)

Neil

If the ratio on the vast majority of these videos is going to be in 4:3 then i’m glad there will be no Blu-ray as i don’t want to watch it with those black bars down the sides.

Shaun

But a native 4:3 image will have the black bars on the sides no matter if it’s a DVD or BluRay. Otherwise the image has been cropped or distorted to fill a 16:9 screen.