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Pink Floyd: The Wall (Widescreen)

Bob Geldof , Christine Hargreaves , Alan Parker    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (295 customer reviews)

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By any rational measure, Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of Pink Floyd: 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's great musical opus, and yet utterly devoid of the humor that Waters certainly found in his own material. Any attempt to visualize 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 mesmerizing 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 Shannon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cynicism run amuck... June 30 2004
By A. Ort
It seems to me that Roger Waters has us all fooled, that this was actually a parody of the highest order. If you watch the interview with him on the bonus materials on the DVD, you can almost see him smile when he discusses the inspiration for this film. It's a film that we read into it what we will. To a small degree, it is autobiographical (most everyone knows about the incident when he spit on a fan during the Animals tour).
Taking that as a leaping off point, he takes the conclusion of the absurdity of the rock star life to its logical end. And it is brilliant. Pink Floyd was simply not the same after the breakup.
It is visually and viscerally stunning. I used to watch this over and over again and it seemed to tap into what I was feeling at the time and it provided comfort, a sense that someone else could relate to the isolation and loneliness I felt, even in the midst of people. I had to replace my vinyl record several times because I listened to it so much. The movie provides eye candy for the songs.
The plot is quite simple: Pink ('by the way, which one's Pink?') is a rock star whose about had enough of the excess and snaps, journeying into his brain way too far. We see the meltdown unfold and follow the transition to something much more frightening, gaining a vision of just how far human vanity can take us. The songs and the visuals form a cohesive whole.
Sure it's pretentious and takes itself too seriously at times - but isn't that the point? It works.
It's one of the darker takes on this life but it nails it brilliantly. You'll find that many of the scenes are bigger than the context of the film. Many of them could be related to events in the political or social sphere of then and today.
It's a bit dated, perhaps, or I've merely gotten older. But the extras on the DVD make it worthwhile, including the video for 'Hey You' featuring footage that didn't make it into the film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd: The Wall - Welcome my son..... Nov. 9 2000
By Paul
I was a Pink Floyd fan throughout my younger years, but The Wall to me
is still one of the most wonderfully well-produced albums of all time.
I must have seen this film in the theater over 20 times during my high
school years. And now, seeing and hearing this film on DVD has
'remastered' my appreciation for this entertaining visual and audio
experience. At first sight, the graphics work on the package and the
disc itself is attractive. the animated flowers are beautifully
portrayed on the disc. The inner pamphlet is a simple mini poster,
with movie and DVD credits. I was hoping for a little more to read,
but I guess not this time. I popped the DVD into my player and was
immediately introduced to the main menu. You have 4 choices....the
movie, the extra features, scene/song selection and audio selection.
Let's first talk about the audio selection, titled "Set The
Controls". You have a choice of 5.1 surround and PCM stereo
surround. **TECHNICAL NOTE-If your DVD player has 3D sound
enhancement, you must turn this off for this disc. Having that
feature on will lower the sound quality from this disc** You also have
a "system set up" choice. It gives you specific sound tests
and directions on volume and surround elements. A nice addition, kind
of like the THX optimode on other discs, but slightly different. The
next menu button is titled "Any Title You Like". Under
this, you get to choose subtitles if you wish. Your choices are
Spanish, French or English. You get to choose scenes by song, of
course. Unfortunately, these choices are only numbered, there are no
descriptions of the scene or the song.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still looks and sounds fresh after 22 years June 23 2004
I have owned this film on VHS for many years, so I was not in a big rush to buy the DVD...but I'm sure glad I did ! This is one of the rare instances where a movie complements the music instead of diminishing it (unlike Quadrophenia, for example...)
This is one film that I can't stop watching - once it starts I'm hooked until the end. The 90 minutes really fly by. And to those who say the real life and animation do not comfortably coexist - I say "rubbish !" the transitions are smooth and seamless. My favorite part is when the school kids, with their faceless masks, are marched through the factory and into the grinder. Classic Pink Floyd. And I say Bob Geldof's portrayal of Pink is flawless. Buy this DVD - you won't regret it !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The most expensive student film ever made" Jan. 13 2000
That's how Alan Parker described this after he was finished with it. And there's no way to get around the fact that it's a total mess -- muddled, undisciplined, ever so pretentious -- but there's also no way to dismiss the fact that for sheer visual imagination and non-verbal storytelling, there's almost no other movie like it. Unfortunately, what does work (Gerald Scarfe's blood-curdling animation; the flashes of brutal surrealism) is so far outweighed by what doesn't (the heavy-handed attempts at social relevance) that the movie is now only of interest to diehard fans. The disc is a worthy reissue, though, with great sound and picture. Just watch out for the scene of the schoolchildren being shoved into the meatgrinder.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wall: A flawed masterpiece June 22 2004
First off, let me say that this movie DOES have a plot. It shocks me that so many Pink Floyd fans would think that the movie is plotless. I would have thought that more Floyd fans would have either caught on or listened to other fans when they explain the plot. The movie is about a rock star named Pink who lost his father to the war while he was only a small child, dealt with an over protective mother all his life, had a failed marraige (mostly his own fault) and was also a rock star who abused the power he had over his audience, still a nice statement for the mindless sheep who follow a band blindly and become obsessed to the point of losing their own individuality. Pink began his career as a rock star to escape the every day Hell that he had to live with, one that haunted him for years.
That said, Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was a ground breaking album and a step in rock and roll that HAD to be taken. A band like Pink Floyd had to exist so that they could inspire other bands (Tool and A Perfect Circle come to mind) to produce honest to God, good rock and roll with a heart and something real to say, rather then the mindless soulless corporate crap that clutters up the radio today. The character here builds up an emotional wall around him to guard his vulnerability, something that we've almost all been through at one point or another in our lives. Pink Floyd by all acounts were a revolutionary band, the first band to go the extra mile with their art and were wildly successful with it. Of course, this is just one reviewer's opinion, I've always understood a person's reason for not liking Pink Floyd. The band is not for everyone. Some don't want to be dragged along for over an hour, following a story with music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Rock Opera
This film is incredible! Bob Geldof can actually act, and the tunes are amazing. Down to the insanity of 'Pink' a la Sid Barrett, the film is a musical exploration of music and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rock movie ever
Deals with the artist's personal transformation as "the wall" is built around him.

**The DVD will not play on all North American players (i.e. region-specific)
Published 4 months ago by Karim SELFANI
5.0 out of 5 stars New Experience in 3D
I really enjoyed watching it on our 3D TV in 3D. The Wall has always been my favourite from Pink Floyd since I was a kid.
Published 7 months ago by Tina Hertz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, timely delivery!!!
Heard about this album when I was a kid. As a piece of art, it's amazing!!! So happy I bought this DVD from this seller. Product was as described and promptly delivered.
Published 10 months ago by Ying Ta Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those world changing events
This album is a defining point in the history of music, on a par with Sargent Pepper from the Beatles. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Len the Sound Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Parfait
Exactement le produit commande! En mettant le sous-titrage, on peut lire le texte! Très satisfait du produit ! ! !
Published 19 months ago by S. Dufresne
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not work - wrong region!
Although not indicated when I purchased it, this DVD will not work in three of my DVD players because it says "wrong region". Read more
Published 19 months ago by joey frenette
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic original
For me, this is the best Pink Floyd album. This movie puts it into perspective.
Published on Oct. 2 2010 by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
I've been a Pink Floyd fan since the late 60's when an acquaintance introduced me to them...I still have their vinyl albums & listen to them once in a while. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2010 by Frisco
5.0 out of 5 stars For a new Fan
My adult daughter has become a new Pink Floyd fan and she and I would talk about the group and the uniqueness of their music. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2010 by Tyson
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