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.