Friday, July 01, 2011

Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii 1971

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Conceived by the French director Adrian Maben as "an anti-Woodstock film," Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii was shot in October 1971 in a vacant, 2,000-year-old amphitheater--a venue chosen to accentuate the grandeur and spaciousness of the band's Meddle-era music. 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 wholistic 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 closeups 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 color.

You can buy the entire package with lots of extras here.

Product Description
1 Echoes (Part 1)
2 Careful With That Axe ...
3 A Saucerful Of Secrets
4 Us And Them
5 One Of These Days I'm ...
6 Mademoiselle Nobs
7 Brain Damage
8 Set The Controls For T...
9 Echoes (Part 2)
10 Interview With Adrian ...
11 Introduction
12 Echoes (Part 1)
13 Careful With That Axe ...
14 A Saucerful Of Secrets
15 One Of These Days I'm ...
16 Set The Controls For T...
17 Mademoiselle Nobs
18 Echoes (Part 2)

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