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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story (2003)

Kirsty Wark , Syd Barrett , John Edginton  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsty Wark, Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Graham Coxon, Duggie Fields
  • Directors: John Edginton
  • Producers: John Edginton, Basil Comely
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Zeit Media Limited
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQLC0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,668 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story" on IMDb

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John Edginton's documentary tells the full bizarre, tragic and celebratory story of Syd Barrett with contribution from friends, managers, and band members - Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright. The film includes rare early television a

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114 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Have you got it yet?" January 5, 2005
Format:DVD
A good (if not interstellar) overview of Roger "Syd" Barrett and the early days of Pink Floyd. The DVD tells the story of Barrett's brilliant rise with the band, and his subsequent acid-fueled fall into schizophrenia.

The main drawback is a maddening lack of supporting video and pictures. (Several years ago, VH1 ran a similar documentary that included a treasure trove of video, including the legendary "American Bandstand" appearance in 1967.) In fact, much of the vintage footage appears to come from the "Syd's First Trip" video, the "Arnold Layne" promotional film, and a performance of "Astronomy Domine." Besides a glimpse of the unreleased "Vegetable Man" film (with the soundtrack clearly using audio from the bootleg version) there is little of unique historical value.

The interviews are the high point of the DVD, particularly the observations by Roger Waters. His comments are by turns poignant, funny, and sad, and are obviously heartfelt. The other members of the band also share their memories (although Nick Mason seems less than fond of Syd).

The extras are a bit thin, incorporating expanded interviews with Waters and David Gilmour, and three acoustic performances of Barrett songs by Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon. A digital collection of posters and other memorabilia is a nice touch, but (at least on my player) cannot be paused. Sadly, the extras do not include any of the promotional films or performances.

Any serious Barrett or Pink Floyd fan will want to own this DVD, if only for the interviews, and the great cover art. It's also a nice introduction for anyone curious about the subject. But I will continue to hope for a more detailed and comprehensive overview of Syd Barrett and the early Floyd.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What exactly is a dream? June 2, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For those of us in America, this was the original documentary chopped up into the version shown on VH1. This documentary is infinitely superior to the US for a few key reasons. Mostly because it is more detailed about the later history of Syd's life and music and because it allows for the possibility that Syd wasn't just an acid casualty, but something more interesting. Perhaps he deliberately used his "breakdown" as an excuse. If so, his continued silence has probably gotten him more than if he'd broken it. As a Syd Barrett fan, it is important that something about the man should appear, beyond the rip-offs like "Syd's First Trip".

The story is told in chronological order with interesting interviews with every member of the band, apart from Syd, of course. Roger "Syd" Barrett has basically turned his back on the world of music for 30 years, despite the underground cult he seems to feed by doing so. It is ironic that his absence should be the cause of his continued fascination. No doubt if he turned up on an interview, now a much older man (as are the rest of Pink Floyd) it would be a pin in the balloon.

This documentary is really both for fans and non-fans alike. It glosses over periods, while expounds on others. The music is inter-cut throughout, with some nice emphasis on the later solo work. The major inaccuracy that seems to occur because of editing, is the one that comes up all the time. It's a question of timeline. Syd was ousted from the band in 1968, though they did record a few of his songs (some are still unreleased, one appeared on the 1968 Saucerful of Secrets album.) Syd's solo recordings began in 1968 and were carried into 1969. Much of the first solo LP was recorded in that period, but wasn't released until 1970.
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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly Brief February 17, 2005
Format:DVD
This is a decent history of Syd and the Pink Floyd (the narration could have been better written and delivered), but there should be more footage, more interviews, more analysis, better graphics, etc. This DVD is about an hour long. Which is maddening. It's like getting a single bite from a fantastic piece of cake on a buffet table filled with gastronomic riches, and then being shuffled out of the eatery. I don't understand why there isn't a 9 or 10 DVD set on the history of Pink Floyd with at least 6 hours on just Syd? Where are all the TV show performances? They are one of the biggest bands of all time, and this is the only DVD history of the band in its early days? We've got a lousy biography (Saucerful of Secrets) written by the wrong author (thank god Nick Mason has a book coming out)--and a couple of compilations of old clippings. With the Beatles there are literally hundreds of books to read. We've got the "ANTHOLOGY" DVD set. But with the Floyd we get these measly little crumbs. What are they thinking? David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason should put together a big DVD history of their band, before everyone worth interviewing dies out. The people from their generation are beginning to drop like flies. There's little time left to put something together. And what's up with the cover picture on this DVD? It's low-budget horrible!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for a documentary as good as the subject January 27, 2008
By Jamesy
Format:DVD
The main feature: There are so many awful faux-documentaries out there and it really makes me sad. Prog or any other music are not well-served by these attempts to cash in on sensationalism or place entertainment above informing. This is not one of the really bad ones and in fact it has the advantage of actually involving the members of the Floyd and some friends of Syd. But speaking of the main documentary there are still multiple problems. First is length. This is Pink Floyd, arguably one of the most important rock bands of our lives. Given the importance of the band and the boatloads of information to be discussed, why is the feature a scant 50 minutes long? Has that now become the maximum amount of time that viewers can sit still in our zero attention-span world? Yes, I realize there are "bonus" features that make the package longer but they should integrate the important factual material into one cohesive longer film. There is time only to gloss over things briefly and not really delve into anything at length. Second, content choice. Rather than substantive analysis of the music that should be the first concern of any proper documentary, we get much the same old fixations on Syd's recreational chemistry habits and descriptions of his tragedy to the appropriate SOYCD lines. Third, the ridiculous production of the video itself with all of these annoying fast motion edits and psychish effects, as if they need to pretend it's 1967 and we're tripping in order to dispense information.
Lets look at the glass half-full. There are some nice moments such as Roger explaining what made the "Bike" lyrics special to him ("the unpredictability.") There was Robin Hitchcock playing "Dominoes." They actually spoke to Jerry Shirley who had some interesting thoughts about the "Barrett" sessions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough information
I chose this rating because I didn't find out that the DVD that I had just purchased was Region 2 (not playable in the U.S.) until I received my conformation email ! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gregg
5.0 out of 5 stars Sid :(
This is a story many Floyd fans know, I wanted to own it. This is the main focus of Pink Floyd. True Friendship.
Published on July 28, 2012 by Ira
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but extras a wee bit frustrating
Firstly, I am a big time Pink Floyd and Syd fan, and had seen this docu on TV and decided to get it for myself, mostly for the DVD extras. Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by Sean D. Richarz
5.0 out of 5 stars Not too long and Not too short
Not too long and not too short. Detailed and sentimental. Great footage, photos and acoustic performances to steal licks from. Read more
Published on August 11, 2009 by E. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inside info
I was a huge Pink Floyd fan in college. As a musician, this band really shaped the style of music I play and listen to. Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by The Knoa
2.0 out of 5 stars robyn luvs syd
interesting introduction to pink floyd's legendary "missing" founding memeber...who's most-often described in this dvd, as being "beautiful" yet there's not enough footage of this... Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by Windica
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been so much better
Just a few comments. Rick Wright's rather startling revelation that Syd broke down over the course of one weekend isn't supported by the facts. Read more
Published on October 22, 2007 by William Scalzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight from the Band Members and others who knew Syd
It was good to see so much information from people who were around first-hand during the early days with Syd. Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Gay Jenson
5.0 out of 5 stars WON'T YOU MISS ME ? WE SURE WILL
SIMPLY PUT, AMUST HAVE FOR ALL FLOYD FANS, WHO WANT TO GET THE EARLY FLOYD HISTORY FROM THE MEMBERS OF THE GROUP THEMSELVES.
Published on November 4, 2006 by SYD GILMOUR
5.0 out of 5 stars For Die Hard Floyd Fans.
This DVD is a trip back in time.Very enjoyable,but short of it.Anyway it is a great collectable for your dvd library,buy it and see for yourself.
Published on July 17, 2006 by Daniel C. Ennett
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