Pink Floyd - The Wall DVD|
By any rational measure, Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of Pink Floyd's The Wall is a glorious failure. Glorious because its imagery is hypnotically striking, frequently resonant and superbly photographed by the gifted cinematographer Peter Biziou. And a failure because the entire exercise is hopelessly dour, loyal to the bleak themes and psychological torment of Roger Waters' great musical opus, and yet utterly devoid of the humour that Waters certainly found in his own material. Any attempt to visualise The Wall would be fraught with artistic danger, and Parker succumbs to his own self-importance, creating a film that's as fascinating as it is flawed. The film is, for better and worse, the fruit of three artists in conflict--Parker indulging himself, and Waters in league with designer Gerald Scarfe, whose brilliant animated sequences suggest that he should have directed and animated this film in its entirety. Fortunately, this clash of talent and ego does not prevent The Wall from being a mesmerising film. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof (in his screen debut) is a fine choice to play Waters's alter ego--an alienated, "comfortably numb" rock star whose psychosis manifests itself as an emotional (and symbolically physical) wall between himself and the cold, cruel world. Weaving Waters's autobiographical details into his own jumbled vision, Parker ultimately fails to combine a narrative thread with experimental structure. It's a rich, bizarre, and often astonishing film that will continue to draw a following, but the real source of genius remains the music of Roger Waters. --Jeff Shannonfrom£7.72 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Previously unreleased film footage Remastered 51 Dolby Digital and Surround Encoded PCM Stereo Soundtracks from the original mastertapes New Hi Definition film transfer from the original widescreen interpositive THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL - A 25 minute documentary about the making of the film Running commentary from Roger Waters Gerald Scarfe Alan Parker Peter Biziou Alan Marshall and James Guthrie Original film trailer and production stills Subtitles scenesong selection and secret buttons Technical Sound System Set Up Guide
Bob Geldof plays Pink, a burned out rock star holed up in a Los Angeles hotel. He reminisces on his life, from his wartime birth to his present circumstances. The film contains no dialogue; rather the narrative is carried by the Pink Floyd soundtrack and the Gerald Scarfe animation.
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