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Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii

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Pink Floyd fared better than many other rock ensembles at having themselves translated to the big screen. Their atmospheric, unconventional music certainly helped; but importantly, they chose talented, established filmmakers to helm these projects, such as Alan Parker for their rock opera Pink Floyd - The Wall and here Adrian Maben, a French documentarian with a keen eye, whose elliptical style and sense of control elevates the film above the many glorified home movies produced by Pink Floyd's contemporaries. ...
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Overview

Pink Floyd fared better than many other rock ensembles at having themselves translated to the big screen. Their atmospheric, unconventional music certainly helped; but importantly, they chose talented, established filmmakers to helm these projects, such as Alan Parker for their rock opera Pink Floyd - The Wall and here Adrian Maben, a French documentarian with a keen eye, whose elliptical style and sense of control elevates the film above the many glorified home movies produced by Pink Floyd's contemporaries. Essentially a Pink Floyd concert without an audience, the bulk of the film shows Pink Floyd (surrounded by an unabashedly displayed crew of shirtless cameramen and roadies) playing music at the center of the crumbling Pompeii amphitheater from mid-day until late into the night. Throught the film Maben intercuts or superimposes images of the Pompeii ruins, the surrounding countryside, eroded mosaics and sculptures, and of course the members of Pink Floyd -- indistinguishable from the disheveled technicians around them -- as they perform songs and instrumental pieces from Meddle and their improvisational double-album Ummagumma. Highlights include a re-working of "One of These Days," focused exclusively on drummer Nick Mason (a session from which no other footage was extant), as the other members of the band play in a starfield of studio lights; and the eastern-tinged "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," from Capitol's 1968 Saucerful of Secrets album. Brief, revealing interviews with the band, in England during the recording of their forthcoming album Dark Side of the Moon, were included by Maben as an afterthought, as were a few informal sequences of the band eating breakfast in the studio cafeteria.
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Special Features

Director's cut with 16 x 9 image and original 4 x 3 image; Documentary; Pompeii Map and History; Lyrics; Photo gallery; Album graphics
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Editorial Reviews

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This 1972 documentary captures Pink Floyd right on the brink of its most successful period and acts as an arty, unique time capsule from this period. The heart of Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii is stunning live footage shot in a crumbling arena, along with a few bits done in a French studio. Director Adrian Maben does a solid job capturing the music's ever-shifting moods and experimental edge via a combination of sleek, mobile camerawork and precise editing. His insert footage -- bubbling mud baths, blue-screen footage imposing the band over the ruins -- is often self-consciously arty, but this approach actually works as a nice compliment to the ambitious soundscapes. Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii is available in two versions: The original theatrical version focuses strictly on the music and delivers an hour's worth of concert material, while the director's cut adds some visual effects to the beginning and end. Most of this stuff has a negligible impact on the finished product, but functions as decent eye candy to further enhance the music. The real appeal of the director's cut lies in its other major addition: extensive footage of the band shot by Maben while they were recording Dark Side of the Moon. This footage, a combination of interviews and fly-on-the-wall observational material, is always amusing and sometimes quite revealing about the band's relationships and individual personalities. In the end, the appeal of Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii will depend on the viewer's interest in the group (and their tolerance for '70s-style artiness), but either version of the film is a must for anyone with a serious interest in Pink Floyd.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • UPC: 602498609460
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Source: Hip-O Records
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Director's Cut
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,064

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Waters
David Gilmour
Nick Mason
Pink Floyd
Technical Credits
Adrian Maben Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Echoes Part I [18:46]
2. Careful With That Axe Eugene [8:55]
3. A Saucerful of Secrets [12:17]
4. Us and Them [4:23]
5. One of These Days [11:22]
6. Mademoiselle Nobs [2:04]
7. Brain Damage [6:56]
8. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun [12:16]
9. Echoes Part II [14:33]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Main Film
   Track Selection
   Features
      Interview with Adrian Maben
      Original Concert Film
      Photo Gallery
      Odds 'N' Sods
         Posters
         Press/Reviews
         Bootlegs
         Roughs
         Previous Covers
      Album Graphics
         A Saucerful of Secrets
         The Dark Side of the Moon
         Ummagumma
         Meddle
      Pompeii Map/History
      Lyrics
      Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A point in History -classical music -the amazing floyd

    The dvd combines the visual connectedness between an ancient civilization, with its ghostly presence of a past and absent witness, together with the transcendance (we often get from Floyd music and its imagery of our civilization's achievements -namely space travel. The connecting theme is consistent with the art of Floyd as a natural and organic medium perfectly placed at a special moment of greatness in time. The floyd are making the statement that they are great and will not be forgotten, but this was to be an end of that particular creative era -as though they had nowhere to go but move on and leave behind this relic -almost by chance. Hearing early music makes one realize that in this impressionistic period there is a more captivating and mysterious side to their meaning which was not later repeated in the same unconventional way. The music clearly reflects an imput from all the players and as such the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The glimpse of the characters reveal thier hilarious defence or paranoia about becoming slaves to the machine of musical equipment. The band seem to try to defeat their angst of their equipment by torchering it (Roger killing the cymbles) or creating wonderful and innovative sounds with complex emotional periods. The floyd are a once off -like a Picaso. By comparrison with Pulse (as great as that is) you can see the early Floyd were inspired and in this sense mature in their wish to do something that would set them apart based on feeling rather than egotism or political statements which become obvious in Roger's later influencial dominance. The film reveals some prophetic statements about the divorce of the band as one can gather that the members were excited about their direction but aware of its destructive seeds. It could very well be the case that this music in the future will be seen with more or as much importance than say the Wall.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally on dvd

    Being a huge Pink Floyd fan, I was psyched when I heard that ¿Live in Pompeii¿ was being released on dvd. I, like any loyal fan, already have it on video, but my copy was becoming run down. Now with the dvd, I have the original and the new directors cut. The directors cut has extra footage and is in animorphic widescreen, which I just love. One of the great things about Floyd is watching them perform. So, to see Waters and Gilmore together is cool. I have the ¿Pulse¿ dvd, which is great, but is missing Roger Waters. The scenic shots of old Pompeii and the ampetheater they play at are beautiful. The whole movie is a trip, and any Floyd fan should enjoy this dvd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must have for any collection.

    If you¿re a Floyd fan, then you know that the best way to experience their music is with both audio and visual. That¿s why this new dvd, ¿Live in Pompeii¿ is a must have. If you already own and love the video version like I do, you¿ll be blown away by the dvd. It has both the original version (in pan scan, minus the interviews) and a new director¿s cut (widescreen, with added interviews) as well. The visuals in this video are just amazing. The ancient amphitheater among the ruins of Old Pompeii is awesome and a great place for the band to play. There is a great mosaic shot of Nick Mason that is pretty trippy. The director¿s cut has footage from the band¿s recording of Dark Side, and some great interviews with the guys. This is definitely a must have for anyone¿s Floyd collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing Performance

    For those who are really into the band, the director¿s cut includes extra footage of them recording in the studio and candid shots of them interacting with each other. Many people have commented on how the extra footage is edited in odd places and breaks the flow. I feel the original concert film resolves that issue. You can watch them perform each track continuously one after another without any awkward breaks. The director¿s cut is just there to give some insight on the band and is just an effort by the director to create a different perspective. I was amazed to see how well the original concert film was re-mastered. I couldn¿t believe that something filmed in the early 70s could be so crisp and sound so awesome. The band playing to an empty amphitheater sets the perfect mood and atmosphere for the concert. I have never felt so drawn into the music before. I liked how some of the songs were filmed at night. The dark setting adds to the eerie mood, as does the clips of the lava. The DVD also has a nice feature where you can skip to whatever track you want to listen to. The photo gallery also had some interesting shots. I¿m so glad it was finally released on DVD because I haven¿t been able to stop watching it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    true originals

    This film shows the greatness of the Floyd BEFORE their huge hit Dark Side of the Moon-and includes footage of them working in the studio recording that landmark album. The awesome, beautiful footage of the surrounding landscape in Pompeii compliments the mysterious beauty of the live performance. I've heard the great german band Einsterzende Neubauten credited with starting 'industrial' music, but it seems obvious to me that Floyd was there first- the experimental 'A Saucerful of Secrets' surely being an influence, as well as their later use of mechanical sounds as part of their music. With just 4 guys they create a truly unique sound. Gilmour's guitar work is amongst the best in rock. Of course Floyd was criticized as being overblown and pretentious by the punkers especially. I think they fully deserve to be recognized as daring and experimental originals who were truly creative, a great band with deep lyrics and dark, beautiful music- as is evident on this DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pink Floyd at their Best

    This DVD is everything I expected and more. I never had a chance to watch the VHS but my friend told me that the picture is much crisper and the sound is a lot better on the DVD. The original concert film in the special features section lets you watch them perform all the songs continuously (the best part of the DVD, in my opinion). I¿ve watch this almost everyday after a hard day at work and it just helps me wind down and zone out. I love the fact that the band is performing to an empty amphitheater that is old and weathered. It set the perfect atmosphere for PF¿s experimental music from that time. I think they wrote their greatest music during this time and the DVD definitely succeeds in capturing that. There is not one performance that I did not like or that I felt needed a little more oomph to it. ¿Careful With That Axe Eugene¿ is one of my favorite songs and the performance was absolutely amazing. For a moment, I forgot I was watching a DVD. The editing throughout the concert was simple but still effective and impressive to me considering it was filmed in the early 70s. The director¿s cut adds some interesting and comical clips of the band eating and talking and footage of them recording Dark Side of the Moon in the studio. I think anyone who has good taste and an appreciation for good music will enjoy this DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pink Floyd's Live at Pompeii !!!!

    I was in complete utter shock when I finished watching Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii DVD. This DVD is more than anyone can ask for. I had already seen the VHS version of this same concert. Now, this is probably why I wasn¿t raving about it, but by the end of watching the dvd, it was like I had never seen the vhs version. It has footage of the recording of ¿Dark Side of the Moon¿ and them talking during rehearsal. There¿s hilarious clips of them with the director (which was very surprising to me). Overall, I recommend it highly. Whether you¿ve seen the VHS version or not, it is definitely worth spending money in obtaining this phenomenal, well put dvd. I believe that anyone that can truly understand the enjoyment and the power of music, they will definitely enjoy the dvd. And for those of you who want to know more about the music world, knowing about Pink Floyd, is a perfect place to start. The legendary band of classical rock are for sure enjoyable and definitely a not regrettable date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pink Floyd at Pompeii Rocks!!!!

    I was in complete utter shock when I finished watching Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii DVD. This DVD is more than anyone can ask for. I had already seen the VHS version of this same concert. Now, this is probably why I wasn¿t raving about it, but by the end of watching the dvd, it was like I had never seen the vhs version. It has footage of the recording of ¿Dark Side of the Moon¿ and them talking during rehearsal. There¿s hilarious clips of them with the director (which was very surprising to me). Overall, I recommend it highly. Whether you¿ve seen the VHS version or not, it is definitely worth spending money in obtaining this phenomenal, well put dvd. I believe that anyone that can truly understand the enjoyment and the power of music, they will definitely enjoy the dvd. And for those of you who want to know more about the music world, knowing about Pink Floyd, is a perfect place to start. The legendary band of classical rock will entertain all of us forever and ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2003

    Incredible.

    This is an absolutely amazing video. I've seen it at least 50 times, and it still never gets old. Everything about it is awesome - the music, the scenery, the splicing of songs with the band playing with incredible shots of the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. I can't wait until they release this on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    Why isn't this available on DVD in the States?

    This is simply one of the two or three best concert films made in the rock idiom. It has been released on DVD in the UK, but apparently we in the States do not deserve such munificence. Ah well, should I find my way over to the UK, I will buy a DVD player for that zone and ''Live at Pompeii''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    Best Pink Floyds' video!

    I could never dream of having been able to see scenes of actual creation of ''Dark Side Of The Moon''!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    The Great PINK FLOYD!!!

    This is by far the best music video ever made! I just played it yesterday for my freind, and he was amazed how much it ROCKED! Best camera angles, and up close shots of PINK FLOYD in action. Plus behind the seens of the making of ''Dark Side of The Moon''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    Why not on DVD!

    I have tried to find this on DVD to no avail. It is a fantastic video for the Floyd fans. I would give it six stars if I could!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Amazing

    This movie is one of the best music docs I have ever seen the music and footage is nothing short of spectacular! When is it comin to DVD is my only question. A must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

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