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The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Kirsty Wark, Syd Barrett, Joe Boyd, Graham Coxon, Duggie Fields
  • Directors: John Edginton
  • Producers: John Edginton, Basil Comely, Julian Birkett
  • 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Zeit Media Limited
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000SQLC0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,148 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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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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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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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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Being a huge Syd Barrett/early Floyd fan I was VERY eager to see this and I must say I was not disappointed. It is amazing in many ways, the most obvious ways being it is the FIRST official Syd/early Floyd documentary (I've never seen the VH-1 Floyd Behind the Music episode) and it has recent in depth interviews with Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Rick Wright, and David Gilmour as well as close friends of Syd's like Bob Klose. You really get a feel of how each member feels toward Syd and his breakdown, the most touching one from Roger! There is some great early performance footage of Floyd with Syd and even a brief clip of an interview with Syd himself (when will they release ALL of it???). The DVD never gets boring and even spices things up a bit with interviews with modern day artists like Robyn Hitchcock (a self-professed Syd-head!). Another great thing about this DVD is the fact that they don't really delve into what Floyd did after Syd left and instead it focuses on Syd's all too brief solo career. It's definitely a fitting tribute to Syd and the only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the fact that they didn't include more bonus features of the full length early footage and interviews with Syd. So please, whomever has the rights to that footage, PLEEEASE, PLEEEEASE lift a hand and RELEASE IT!!! ; )
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