- Previously Released "Making-Of" Documentary: The Other Side Of The Wall (1982, 25 min.)
- New Documentary: Retrospective (45 min.), interviews with the cast and filmmakers
- Previously unreleased footage for the song "Hey You"
- Production Stills Gallery
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In celebration of the quarter-century anniversary, Columbia Records is releasing a special limited edition DVD of this landmark film. Packaged in a deluxe DVD digi-pak designed to look like The Wall with debossed brick work and a clear O-card, this stunning release features a photo montage of film shots and a fold-out reproduction of the original film promotional poster. All the artwork and design for this lavish packaging has been coordinated by original Pink Floyd designers Peter Curzon and Storm Thorgerson. Track Listing: 1.Original film presented in high-definition widescreen and mixed in 5.1 surround sound 2."The Other Side Of The Wall" - a 25 minute documentary about the making of the film 3."Retrospective" - an exclusive 45 minute retrospective documentary of interviews with Roger Waters, Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe, Peter Biziou, Alan Marshall and James Guthrie 4.Original film trailer and production stills
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 ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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They took it back to the editing room and recut it drastically, removing a ton of the droning, repetitive animation and paring it down to a very terse, very tight film.
I loved the original, don't get me wrong, but it was a bit of a hair-shirt of a film in spots.
This version is solid, tells the story better, and still has the impact of the original (but without the need for chemical assistance to appreciate it).
If you haven't seen it, get it.
I'm thinking of pairing this with Samuel Goldwyn's "The Best Years of Our Lives" as part of a Memorial Day movie marathon - that film being the story of returning WW-II veterans and this one being about the cost of that war on the children born during it.
Both are moving, sometimes painful to watch, and ultimately hopeful (yes, as dark as The Wall is, there is hope at the end).