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Pink Floyd - The Wall [DVD] [1982]

Bob Geldof , Christine Hargreaves , Alan Parker    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Kevin McKeon
  • Directors: Alan Parker
  • Writers: Roger Waters
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Garth Thomas, Stephen O'Rourke
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Music
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZIZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,084 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



By any rational measure, Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of Pink Floyd's 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' great musical opus, and yet utterly devoid of the humour that Waters certainly found in his own material. Any attempt to visualise 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 mesmerising 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 Shannon

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dopo aver attraversato il disumano sistema scolastico britannico, un ragazzo diventa una rockstar fragile e instabile. trova conforto solo nella folla dei suoi ammiratori.

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely transformed on DVD! 15 Jan 2001
This DVD is absolutely superb - well deserving the five stars. They've taken a fuzzy, muffled, pan and scan, 20 year old film and just completely transformed it. The picture is razor sharp, and in Widescreen for the first time ever. The all important sound - the main device for progressing the narrative, has been converted into Dolby Digital 5.1 using the original mastertapes. Hooked up through a hi-fi or through a surround sound system it just blows you away.
It's just how The Wall was meant to be watched - but the technology didn't exist to do it justice. But with the advent of home cinema systems this DVD just brings the film to life.
What tops it all off for me are the special features included on the disc - which are so numerous it puts other DVD's to shame. Documentaries, music videos, unreleased footage of the film, interviews, trailers, sound set-up sections - it's got it all.
If you've got The Wall on video and can't see the point in upgrading - ignore those voices and buy this DVD! The transformation from VHS to DVD really is amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was really surprised! 8 Jan 2008
Memory told me this was a dissappointment, many criticise Geldorf's performance - well what else was he supposed to do except act like a screwed up depressed individual, which I think he did well (no offence Bob - I'm backing you on this). I really enjoyed this film after a break of numerous years, some excellent moments visually and aurally, well packaged, and the soundtrack is to dream for - wonderful sound. I found this a satisfying disc and probably now prefer it to the CD. One gripe - the repackaging suggests that the Limited Edition disc is an improvement on the standard version, it isn't ! They seem to me exactly the same - but the packaging in the Limited Edition is much superior and just about justifies buying it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly enthralling 23 July 2005
The Wall is a masterpiece that compliments the album immensely regardless of what skeptics may say. The music is true to the Pink Floyd fashion and is in my opinion the best they ever made. The music in the film varies from soft acoustic rock like Mother to all out Rock 'n' Roll pieces like Young Lust. In my opinion you couldn't possibly go wrong with The Wall, cracking film
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Pink Floyd Experience 12 Sep 2003
By Ophiicus VINE VOICE
This groundbreaking movie is a mixture of Roger Waters semi-autobiographical account of a rock stars fall into insanity and Gerald Scarfes custom animations. Directed by Alan Parker this is a challenging film which portrays a breakdown with grim realism and sublime surrealism, quite fitting for the subject matter. It is also unusual in that there is no conventional narrative, the soryline being driven by Pink Floyds music. It could be said to be a fusion of an opera and a rock video.
Apparently because Roger Waters thought it would be too hard for him to act out his own fictionalised breakdown (fair enough), it stars Bob Geldof, who plays the part surprisingly well.
It has been regarded as an alegory against totalitarianism and there are strong neofascist scenes which, although portraying the movement in the poor light most would think it deserves, are more intended as a metaphor for the relationship between the central character and his fans, coloured by the fact that "Pink" lost his father during WWII.
Scarfes brilliant animations are breathtaking, frightening and disturbing, as befits a portayal of psychotic hallucinations.
The remastering work is to be praised: there is no degradation of image as can be seen sometimes on movies with a DVD release some twenty plus yeas after thier cinema release. The picture is crisp and due to the almost timeless nature of the storyline it looks like it could have been released this year for the first time. The quality of the soundtrack is likewise excellent.
The bonus features are interesting and there is a commentary by Waters and Scarfe which can be run alongside the film.
I have seen this film many times, and now I have it looking and sounding as crisp and new looking as it did in 1982, I shall see it many more times.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An illusionistic master piece 17 Nov 2003
This movie is based on the Pink Floyd album 'The Wall'. The concept album The Wall concerns the boy Pink, who lost his father in the war, and how he grows up to be (and turns into) the great rockstar he is.
The Wall is a brilliant movie, but by no means an easy one.
This Art-movie is by no means linear. Furthermore, it is full of flashbacks, and it has disturbing, but also impressive and ground breaking animation sequences.
Because the movie has (virtually) no dialogue, the only 'spoken' reference for the story are the songs. So one should keep close attention when watching this film.
For Pink Floyd fans it is good to know that this film features a few extra songs, as well that some songs are changed a bit to fit the movie better. Examples 'When the Tigers broke free' (new song), Empty Spaces (altered song).
However, not all the songs from the album are also included in this film. Strangely, the song 'Hey you' is absent.
This is a very good visionary, and illusionistic, masterpiece with brilliant songs. This movie can have a great impact.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius for Floydies 25 Dec 2002
This film can be seen as two separate entities - as a film in its own right and as an extended music DVD. As a film it is flawed. The film is beautifully shot but the story is often incoherent. This should mean that this film is not worth considering.......wrong!
Seen in its true light, as a visual interpretation of The Wall, it is fantastic. Every moment visually fits the music exactly. So much so that it is hard to figure out whether the music was composed for the film or vice versa.
Every Pink Floyd fan should own this classic, though anybody who has no real interest in Floyd should stay well clear - the film does not stand up on its own.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone's cup of tea
Mixed reviews indoors. Having never seen the movie before the mystique of "The Wall" left a lot open to one's imagination. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A. D. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately now dated
in 82 this was amazing,saw the film at the empire Leicester square,but I don,t think this is really relevant anymore.Great band great music of course,but very of the times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bigt
5.0 out of 5 stars 5*
Love this and how fast it got to me thanks so much brilliant will look forward to shopping with you in future.
Published 1 month ago by steven chadwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd
I missed this first time round. A gap in my education which I am pleased to say, has now been rectified.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Graveson
5.0 out of 5 stars briliant
one of the best music dvds that i have ever seen. pure class film with an out of this world sound track.
Published 2 months ago by matthew rees
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced an old video copy
Like it or love it, the Wall in movie form is very thought provoking and despite some critiques well worth watching.
Published 2 months ago by Roger H Mills
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The music was good but not played out very well I remembered it better than film actually was wish I had just bought the a cd
Published 2 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars quality review
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
Published 3 months ago by adam miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic must see with a fab combination of audiovisual art.
An eye opener, one of a kind work. More approapriate then ever. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Veliota Drosou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service!
Bought as a present for Xmas. No problems encountered when purchasing this product. Overall a very good service, thank you.
Published 4 months ago by Kerry
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