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Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii DVD


Conceived by the French director Adrian Maben as "an anti-Woodstock film," Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii was shot in October 1971 in the ancient city's vacant, 2,000-year-old amphitheatre--a venue chosen to accentuate the grandeur and spaciousness of the band's Meddle-era music. This disc contains a new, 90-minute director's cut as well as the original 60-minute concert film, whose production and effects feel inescapably dated. Maben's cut goes to great lengths to lend the film a more contemporary feel, but it's the earlier version that makes this disc such a gem, being more focused on the music and more holistic in vision. The anamorphic, 16:9 director's cut interweaves the Pompeii performances with fascinating but distracting interviews and music snippets filmed later (mostly during the recording of Dark Side of the Moon). The movie was originally prepared in a 4:3 aspect ratio, however, and the widescreen version crops perfectly framed images like the nine-square mosaic of drummer Nick Mason in "One of These Days". The original offers plenty of close-ups of fingers on frets and keys, with shots that are often luxuriously long in duration. And the picture quality from Pompeii is revelatory: outstandingly sharp and clear, rich in subtle grades of light and colour. Generous extras include everything from original posters, reviews, bootleg album covers and song lyrics, to a 24-minute interview with Maben. But for all the director's talk of the glorious acoustics in Pompeii's amphitheatre, there's little natural ambience to be heard. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is clear, dry and two-dimensional, though notably better than any previous video release. --Michael Mikesell

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play  The surrealistic imaginative music of Pink Floyd lends itself to visual interpretation like no other in rock history In this strange and exciting film Pink Floyd perform live amidst the ruins of Old Pompeii with special effects and dramatic footage blending into a unique audiovisual experience Also included in this version are interviews conducted during the making of their landmark album DARKSIDE OF THE MOON and includes footage of the actual recording sessions An absolute must for any fan of Pink Floyd or anyone even remotely interested in their art Songs "Echoes - Pts I and II" "Careful with that Axe Eugene" "A Saucerful of Secrets" "Us and Them" "Mademoiselle" "Brain Damage" "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" "Echoes" Actors Pink Floyd Director Adrian Maben Certificate Exempt from Classification Year 1972 Screen Widescreen 169 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) Stereo Subtitles English ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; Hungarian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Swedish Duration 1 hour and 20 minutes (approx)

Prog-rockers Pink Floyd chose the spectacular backdrop of Pompeii's ruins for this 1972 concert. Apart from set highlights, there are also frank interviews with the members of the group during the recording of their album 'Dark Side of the Moon'.

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