Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii [DVD] [1974]

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  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 16)

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Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii
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. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

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  • Roger Waters
    Roger Waters
  • Nick Mason
    Nick Mason



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great document of Pink Floyd's greatness

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    marce
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    This is a great document of the greatness of Pink Floyd's early days. This concert allows you to experience what it would have been to see Pink Floyd up close in those days, with a great selection of fan favorites and some of their more psychedelic material from the very early days. Both the original and the newer director's cut are included; I would strongly recommend the original cut over the director's cut, that includes some weird expanded material that at points seems out of place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just great stuff from the Floyd

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    penumbra
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    Pink Floyd plays some classics from their catalogue in an abandoned Pompeiian coliseum. I mean, come on, it's the Floyd! I bought this solely for the live version of Echoes which is just incredible. The rest is good, too, and the band are a clever bunch. I'd say get it, especially if you're a fan. I don't think the director's cut is any good but the disk includes the original so you have the choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Early Floyd Video

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    MJS1447
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    Gotta love the early Floyd music! I haven't seen this video in years - I like the concept of a no audience concert and the camera work from behind the amps labeled "Pink Floyd London." Not too crazy about the Director's Cut though - I prefer the original release which is also included on this DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pink Floyd

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    RBLex
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    This was produced long before the fancy cameras and editing programs. The music was incredible and a good prequel to any Pink Floyd fan's journey. Again, very old school and a tad distracting.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great historical rendering from the core quartet

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    AintMisbehaving
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    This is a great historical rendering from the core quartet of Pink Floyd (Waters, Gilmour, Wright, Mason). Famous performance and hehearsal run-through in a very famous location.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for all you Floyd fans

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    1234
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    This movie shows Floyd playing songs, from their Meddle album, live in a Roman outdoor coliseum. It also has in studio scenes during their taping of Dark Side of the Moon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great capsule

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    KirkyMac
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    For a live concert with no audience these guys really shine. Nice to see Dark Side of the Moon being created in the studio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    If you like Pink Floyd, this is good.

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    crampus
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    This is a decent breakdown of some Pink Floyd songs. I would also recommend The story of Wish You Were Here.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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