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Crystal Voyager (Pink Floyd) [DVD] [1972]

George Greenough , Pink Floyd , David Elfick    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: George Greenough, Pink Floyd, G Wayne Thomas
  • Directors: David Elfick
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Blue Dolphin Film and Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OP5F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,909 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Crystal Voyager is a classic film, and to many has even been seen as a life-changing experience. Essentially focused on a Californian surfer who builds his own surfboards and transports them to remote and secret surf spots, but in essence this film is so much more! Featuring music by Pink Floyd, this is a journey with stunning photography, images and footage. Every surfer, every music fan - in fact EVERYONE should watch this and find out why it has such a cult status. The film is structured as a loose biography of Greenough and was shot largely in California. It documents Greenough's search for uncrowded waves, which led to the construction of his 37-foot ocean-going yacht. It also feature Greenough's surfing friends, Californian Richie West and Australian world champion Nat Young. Crystal Voyager premiered at the Sydney Opera House on 5 December 1973 and had a successful three-week run there before opening in other states. The theatrical 35mm version of the film is different to the original 16mm release and was re-edited by Elfick and Greenough. It became one of Australia's most successful surf films on its initial Australian release, before being picked up by British Hemdale Corporation. Crystal Voyager gained substantial press on its release, mostly due to its strong reception at the Cannes Film Festival and it had a record-breaking 6-month run in London's West End, where it played a double bill with Rene Laloux's animated science-fiction film Fantastic Planet. The closing sequence, Greenough's short film Echoes, is generally considered to be the highlight of the film. Filmed with a camera in a waterproof housing strapped to Greenough s back, the sequence is composed entirely of slow-motion footage shot inside the curl of waves, edited to the 23-minute song Echoes by Pink Floyd. The group reportedly allowed Elfick and Greenough to use the music in their film in exchange for the use of Greenough's footage as a visual background when they performed Echoes in concert.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Mono ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Posters, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 1972 Crystal Voyager took us on a surreal journey deep inside the vortex of huge breaking waves where time enters space, a zone of its own.The film became a cult hit throughout the world. 'Perspectives flatten a seascape into a field of ploughed up furrows. Slow Motion reveals the multitudinous beauties of sea water. Sometimes a wide angled lens distorts the horizon's curvature: the world becomes a green ball you can throw up and catch. The last 25 minutes is an almost unbroken underwater trip of a thousand translucent tints, accompanied by the electronic music of Pink Floyd pinging out of infinity like an echo sounder. To see it 'stoned' as I guess some surf freaks have, must be out of this world'
...Crystal Voyager (1975)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surfer's Dream 24 May 2003
If you surf, have surfed, or would like to surf then get this. It is up there with other greats such as Morning of the Earth and Big Wednesday. George Greenough is a legend and you will never get bored of the story he tells about a dream he had. The soundtrack is classic. The credits say Pink Floyd but there is another track that I cannot find on their albums. After the Pub, flat days or just to step back to the good old days then this is a must have.
Worth every penny but be warned. Do not lend it to anyone. You may never see it again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A non-surfers view 14 Oct 2006
I do not surf, I never have surfed and probably never will BUT, I was entranced by this film when I first saw it in the cinema many years ago. The way the images and the music - Echoes by Pink Floyd from 'Meddle' - are melded together have a magical feel. If you like the sea and like the music of Pink Floyd then this is a must buy recording.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie 14 Jun 2010
i first saw this film in about 1978, at a tiny private cinema club in Oxford, alongside "La Vallee" which was in French. "Crystal Voyager" is the original surfer movie, and the "Echoes" sequence which accompanies the ride inside the tube of a wave truly gives the eerie feeling of silence amidst the power of the wave.

Now, with the DVD, you can enjoy the eerie and atmospheric sounds of the early Pink Floyd soundtrack - just turn down the lights, put on some incense sticks, slip the DVD into the player, and you will be drawn into the beauty of the images and music. The music alone makes this a must-have DVD, and it will introduce you to the other-worldly early Floyd (Listen also to "More" and "La Vallee"), and if you are a surfer, your soul will rejoice during the main surfing sequence itself.

The narrator of this film is one of the founding fathers of modern surfing culture, and the story of his boat, and his surfing, and the music (contemporary to the action) com[plements this perfectly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sights you will only ever see on the screen. 13 Mar 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
In 1972 I was at school doing "o" levels, I didn't know surf existed; since I've surfed a bit but not like this, I've listened to music but not like this. The combination is awesome. At Nearly 30 years old the movie held me transfixed.
The last 20 minutes excell with superdly explecit photography which could only have been shot by someone at one with himself and the surf; this, in slo-mo with Pink Floyd is a real cut from the 70's.
This movie breaks the mateialistic mould of today, no bagettes, roller blades or mobile phones here just guys doing what they love and lovin' what they do.
Take a deep breath, relax (Don't do it)and watch with no expectations, there is no plot just an audio visual feast.
If you haven't surfed you haven't lived.............Enjoy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
One could review the scenes of the movie but somehow there is no point. The fact that it's about some Californian dude who builds his own surfboards/kneeboards and transports them to remote and secret surf spots by way of his own homemade seagoing vessels is not the reason for the cult status of this movie.
Summer 1985 took on a different shape following my first Crystal Voyager experience. With the effects of the whisky wearing off after a bit of a sesh the night before, I slipped the video into the player in 7 Roxborough Street, Glasgow. 1 hour later, totally recovered, myself and a group of friends headed for the beach; albiet quite some drive away.
It's not just the photography, or the music, or the images, or the man. It is the knowledge that such experiences as Georgie boy, as he became affectionately known as from then on, was indulging in are simply awaiting on the other side of your front door.
The surfy talk is irrelevant, the fact it is a surfing driven movie is too. The fact that "Nat Young could really make that baby move out" is not what comes across as being the point of the movie.
Don't keep putting off a viewing of this classic. 15 years on I'm kicking myself for not having watched it at least monthly throughout those intervening years.
Georgie Greenhough is 83.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tubular 5 Dec 2010
When I first watched it about 15 years ago on VHS, I felt it was a marvellously contemporary film but looking at it now on DVD it does seem little dated and if you want crisper 'tube' clips then there are plenty on YouTube. That said, it is still great watch, and a must have if you're either a surfer or a Floyd fan (I'm the latter as I just can't stay on a board!).
The documentary that precedes the main event (and after all, most of us buying this are interested in the 20+ minutes 'Echoes' section) is actually rather interesting and really shouldn't be overlooked - it details the guys background including his father's work, together with his project to renovate some kind of boat/yacht thinghy (sic). The only criticism of the 'Echoes' section is that the mood of the first half of the music might suit the mood of the second half of the film work (and vice-versa) and one day I might get around to re-editing it to see if I'm right, otherwise it's a sound 5 stars. Apparently it's a great watch if you're stoned!
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Not meant as any insult who of us would not want to drop out or become a Surf dude, this film is a classic piece of Surf art filming and adventure rolled into one. What makes it great is the iconic camera work but now with its added extras of the man as he clearly remains,true to his cause.

It is hard these days to imagine how revolutionary it was to us in the UK that someone would be able to work at a hobby and sport they love, here you have just that. Its not a fast movie and the commentary is very laid back. The man remains that way when interviewed for the release of this DVD, his concern for his changed world and environment should be a wake up to all of us, sadly its silent to most who will never watch this film.

I would recommend this film paired with Riding Mavericks and Chasing Mavericks with Frosty Hesson as Surfers are always at one with their environment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars for memories sake.
This review is specifically for the '03 blue dolphin release which doesn't contain the 5.1 audio mix.,I repeat,not contains the 5.1 audio mix. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wazza Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Mellow
I saw this film back in the late seventies as a kid and loved it, it was real easy to have on in the background as the soundtrack is just brilliant. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
To me, this is bliss. Now I have to write fifteen words, thats fifteen words thats fifteen words thats fifteen DONE !
Published 14 months ago by alice brazier
5.0 out of 5 stars Crystal Voyager
Cult film -very nostalgic great soundtrack, this film is mainly aimed at surfers, but it's a great film to watch, has a great 70/80s feel about it.
Published 16 months ago by Capt Crab
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever.
I bought this as a gift, and it's been reported back to me that the film is still as impressive and beautiful as it was when it first came out years ago (including Pink Floyd... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by D.S.T. Darvesh
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature and mankind in harmony.
Although I'm not a surfer, I like to explore the ocean from beneath the waves. I also like listening to Pink Floyd. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Stormbringer
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past!
I bought this as a surprise for my husband who was an avid surfer in Cornwall and used to watch it on video in the 80's. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2010 by Gill Stephenson
3.0 out of 5 stars Average, but a must for any Floyd fan.
Crystal Voyager is basically A movie about surfing. However, the gold can be found at the end of the film when you see the footage of the surfer over the soundtrack of Pink Floyds... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2002 by Mr. A. J. Betts
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