Pink Floyd - The Story Of Wish You Were Here details
|Formats:||Ex DVD, Blu-ray|
Pink Floyd - The Story Of Wish You Were Here
|Run time:||1 hour 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Jun 2012|
|Subtitles:||English, French, German, Spanish|
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Different classBy conoz (1 review) , 25 Aug 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]If your a Floyd fan your love this, even shows some of their earlier stuff. Explains the album was mainly based about Sid Barrett. Without him, no Floyd...
Glad You Weren't Here (in the studio)By a customer , 21 Feb 2013Loved this film about the making of a great album. Just shows how four men can produce brilliant music, when they clearly are not that keen on each other! Pink Floyd the music brilliant, but as individuals, joyless individuals
Which One's Pink?By a customer , 18 Jan 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI am an avid PF fan and WYWH is probably one of their best albums, so this film was just the ticket. If you already know a lot about the band, there won't be much to surprise you: four people who could barely stand each other, struggling to create a worthy follow-up to THE album of their career, dealing with the trappings and expectations of success against the backdrop of their shared guilt surrounding the fate of their former bandmate Syd Barrett. The fact that they managed to pull it off without slaughtering each other is frankly a miracle. Yet, in the intervening years nothing has changed. Despite their Live 8 reunion, the surviving members of PF still don't like each other very much. All of the (recent) interviews are all recorded in clear separation; Roger Waters and David Gilmour both play solo accoustic versions of the title track (as you'd expect, DG's is by far the more superior version); and Nick Mason spends a lot of time shrugging his shoulders. With the exception of the decidedly grizzled Waters, there is a general feeling of apathy between band members. Put simply, they are a bunch of talented miseries. But this is PF in a microcosm: Entertaining in itself. If you can put up with all of this, the film has a number of highlghts. You get to hear about the inspiration for Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Syd Barrett, the first casualty of PF. His mental disintegration affected everyone involved in the band, David Gilmour the most so it seems. There are interviews with Rick Wright from 2001 which serve to remind you that the second casualty,and founding member of a band, is no longer with us. His contribution is not really commented on by the other members (which is also sad) but nicely highlighted by the original enginneer, and true hero of this tale, Brian Humphries. It is BH's involvement, reminicing at a mixing desk at Abbey Road, that make this film worth watching. There is also a section focussing on the creation of the cover images including interviews with the stuntman who features as the burning business man in the Hollywood lot. For me though, the glaring omission was some live concert footage from the time. That would have sealed the deal and made the film a more rewarding experience. In summary, this is a short film, worth watching if you've got an hour to kill and are new to the PF story. Good but not essential.
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If you're a Pink Floyd fanBy a customer , 04 Sep 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideIf you're a Pink Floyd fan you might think you already know all there is to know about `Wish You Were Here'. However, you may be surprised and delighted by this truly superb documentary insight into the origin, creation and final editing of what many (including the surviving band members themselves) feel to be Floyd's most enduring album. The interviews with Gilmour, Waters and Mason are bang up-to-date, archive footage of the late Rick Wright talking about the project is also included as are vignettes from Roy Harper, sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson and stunt man Ronnie Rondell who was set on fire for the album artwork (nb this is before the days of sophisticated CGI and if you needed a convincing image of someone on fire you had to do it for real).
The spectre at the feast is the late Syd Barrett, who passed away in July 2006 just a couple of years before Rick Wright succumbed to cancer and also left us. The original inspiration for Floyd and the early band leader, most fans know Barrett is the subject of both `Shine on...' and the album's title track. A cameo of Barrett's short artistic career is featured in the film. Out-of-the-blue, seven years after leaving the band he turned up in Abbey Road Studio whilst the band was recording SOYCD and at first, no-one recognised him with shaved head and a more rotund physique. The only known photo of Barrett from this period was taken on that day, at Abbey Road Studios. Was Barrett psychic and did he pick up on the project his former band were engaged in? It seems so.
Some of the more interesting moments in the film explore how and why Roy Harper ended up recording the vocal track on `Have a Cigar' (which Waters later regretted, wishing he had sung the track himself) and the work put in by Thorgerson on the concept, design and realization of the album artwork.
The editing is excellent, the interview material well chosen, the pacing just right. Each moment is a gem; there's no fluff here. Recommended for all Floyd fans, and for anyone who appreciates the craft of good documentary film-making.
Different classBy conoz (1 review) , 25 Aug 2012If your a Floyd fan your love this, even shows some of their earlier stuff. Explains the album was mainly based about Sid Barrett. Without him, no Floyd...
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