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Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii (Director's Cut) (1973)

David Gilmour , Roger Waters , Adrian Maben  |  G |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Nick Mason
  • Directors: Adrian Maben
  • Producers: Alex Darbyshire, Mark Fenwick, Michčle Arnaud, Nick Ryle, Reiner Moritz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Director's Cut, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese, Georgian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Hip-O Records
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DBJDM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pink Floyd - Live at Pompeii (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Region 0 (NTSC format)
  • Director's cut of the film (anamorphic widescreen)
  • Original concert film (full screen)
  • Interview with director Adrien Maben
  • Pompeii map and history
  • Lyrics
  • Photo gallery
  • Album graphics
  • Odds 'n' Sods

Editorial Reviews

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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. This disc contains a new, 90-minute director's cut as well as the original 60-minute concert film, whose production and effects feel inescapably dated. 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.

Generous extras include everything from original posters, reviews, bootleg album covers, and song lyrics to a 24-minute interview with Maben. But for all the director's talk of the glorious acoustics in Pompeii's amphitheater, there's little natural ambience to be heard. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is clear, dry, and two-dimensional, though notably better than any previous video release. --Michael Mikesell

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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

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417 of 435 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for original film, 2 stars for "Director's Cut" October 22, 2003
Format:DVD
Well, it seems PINK FLOYD: LIVE AT POMPEII director Adrian Maben has got himself a case of George Lucas disease. The new DVD release of the so-called "Director's Cut" of that film is completely re-edited, with a slew of new material, and it completely ruins the mood of the film. Thankfully, they included the original version of this haunting movie on the disc, as well. There's a drastic difference between the two.
Here's the deal:
The original version of the film, released in 1972, was 61 minutes long, and consisted only of performance footage from the Pompeii amphitheatre and a Paris studio, plus some extra footage of Pompeii. This was shot in full-screen 4:3 and is presented as such on the DVD.
Maben went back into the Abbey Road studios while the band was putting together DARK SIDE OF THE MOON in 1973 and shot some documentary footage of the band recording and talking. The new footage was spliced in between some of the original performances for the film and the result was released in 1974 in America; it was maybe 70-something minutes long. Unfortunately, this edit has not made it to the DVD.
Now, this new version uses more footage from Abbey Road, some B&W
footage of the band in a studio in Paris, new shots the director took of Pompeii, a whole bunch of archival footage of space exploration, and new titles that look made for a straight-to-video release instead of the Godard-esque ones we had with the original (Willy Kurant was one of the cinematographers.) This is about 91 minutes long, and has been inexplicably matted to a 16:9 format.
I must say the new footage seems extremely out of place. It doesn't match visually with the old footage, looking very straight-to-video.
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132 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific relic for Pink Floyd enthusiasts January 10, 2004
Format:DVD
Footage of classic period Pink Floyd is so rare and few, that Live in Pompeii is a real treat. It was filmed in 1971, at the peak of their musical genius and creativity (not to devalue the musical and conceptual brilliance of the masterworks Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, but musically they reached their peak in the period between Meddle and Dark Side Of The Moon), and shows the classic line-up - Roger Waters (bass), David Gilmour (guitar), Richard Wright (keyboards) and Nick Mason (drums) - young, energetic, creative and unpretentious. At this point in time, pre-Dark Side Of The Moon, they weren't yet settled in a niche; they haven't yet made it into the consensus, and they kept experimenting and trying new things, messing about with synthesizers and recording techniques. In this DVD we see them both in the studio and in performance, as they keep exchanging instruments and experimenting, and that's what makes it much more interesting and alive than the Dark Side and The Wall concerts, let alone anything made after the split from Waters in 1983, in which point they were just bleating out their old hits again and again in the same way. Only just managing to break free from the influence of their originator, Syd Barrett, the Pink Floyd are still, in Live In Pompeii, in a transition and struggling to find their voice, yet at the same time not certain of the relevance of their music. Nick comments in one of the many interviews thrown in between the songs - `We might have become a relic of the past... to many we represent that childhood of '67, the underground scene...' - and at this point, there's little in their music that signals of their great break into the mainstream in 1973. Read more ›
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful original film November 8, 2003
Format:DVD
I just received my copy of this DVD from Amazon, and it's a wonderful DVD. Any film footage from the Floyd during the 60's/70's is virtually non-existent, so this original film, shot in 1971 at this ancient Roman Amphitheatre, finds the band at their pinnacle, enjoying a momentum that would last, at least, until their 1977 "In The Flesh" tour. The tracks are wonderful, and the sound, despite only stereo, has been beautifully remastered.
Then, why did I give it only 4 out of 5 stars? Because the new "Director's cut" is kitschy at best. Full of computer generated "space footage" (awful), plus DSoTM era interviews (some of them truly revelatory, and wonderful to watch), director Adrian Maben put in everything he could, despite the fact that most of that material was totally unrelated to the Pompeii concert. Thankfully, on the "bonus features" section, Maben had the good taste to leave the original theatrical film -unedited and uncut-, where the band performs their music, warts and all, as nature intended, and as millions of fans all over the world watched it originally. In my humble opinion, I think that the DSoTM interviews should have been included as bonus features, having the original film under the spotlight.
But, rest assured that if you like the early Gilmour era Pink Floyd, you'll absolutely love this DVD. The music is incredible, and the band are in top form. This is, probably, the definitive Pink Floyd live film we'll have from the classic years (at least, until something is unearthed from the 1970/1977 period).
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4.0 out of 5 stars The US VHS (Bluish Cover - Roger Gonging Away) Is The Gold Standard of...
Without even reading any other reviews, I'm going to tell you straight up the deal with this classic piece of rock cinema. Find yourself a copy of the 1974 US version of the film. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Roger Dodger
1.0 out of 5 stars wish the DVD would have worked.
Opened it and he DVD didn't work. So very sad... really bummed. Not sure if I want to try and reorder.
Published 11 days ago by Danielle E Stitt
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTUAL Region-Free-DVD
FINALLY! There had been some confusion over items being sold as, "non-regional", or, at least, "Region-1"(for the U.S. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Stillwater7
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (Director's Cut)
Have really liked Pink Floyd for many years and have seen this video more than once in the past. This is somewhat early in the band's existence and it is well worth it to see this... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jimmy C.
2.0 out of 5 stars Like the Theatrical Cut Better
I love this movie and my old VHS from the 70s finally got worn out. I tried this and I don't like it was well as the theatrical release version. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Joe Moyle
2.0 out of 5 stars Prefer the Original Cut
I wish I could buy the non Director's Cut. Can't stand this version. There's a lot of unnecessary and unoriginal non-band related videos added to the music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Erwin
5.0 out of 5 stars WORLD'S NUMBER ONE
this PINK FLOYD raw and untame, if u like FLOYD this one u should have, WELL GET IT GO GO NOW
Published 1 month ago by DOC_JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars oh by the way ...which one's Pink ?
Director's cut is definitely a bonus . I used to have the standard edition on vhs back in the early 90s and was pleasantly surprised by all the added footage . Read more
Published 1 month ago by john brazington
1.0 out of 5 stars doesn't work
Dvd does not work. The dvd will not play. Not very pleased because the dvd will not work. Kind of sad that it does not work.
Published 1 month ago by Al Rudd
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not play
It must have been a cheap bootleg....It said not auth. to play......I want to return it and get my money back!!!
Published 2 months ago by brad pierce
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