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  • Actors: Roger Waters
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Island
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZPBV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,853 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A global television broadcast of the event in which former Pink Floyd leader singer and composer Roger Waters led an all-star cast in a mammoth benefit performance of his acclaimed concept album/concert, The Wall, in support of The War Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief. Set in Berlin, Germany less than a year after the destruction of the hated Berlin Wall, Waters was accompanied by disparate talents such as Cyndi Lauper, James Galway, Joni Mitchell and Albert Finney in the classic dark musical tale of a rock star's descent into madness and back. The performance was subsequently released as a top-selling video.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Avery on 5 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
I was at Potsdamer Platz 13 years ago, I bought the VHS but I rarely watch it. This DVD makes it easy to dip into the show, great menus with orchestral and ambient extracts. The sound mix by Nick Griffiths and Nigel Jopson is really the best concert sound I have ever heard, and the Wall show could have been made for surround sound, it's a real pleasure to listen to on my home theatre system. There's some great performances, in particular from Brian Adams and Joni Mitchell. Extras include an interesting documentary about war-torn Berlin, and how the wall came to be built. There's also some professionally put together interviews with Roger Waters, designer Jonathan Park, artist Gerald Scarfe and others - R. Waters tells about artists who wouldn't do the show and what went wrong on the night (a power cut - the artists stayed til 3 am to re-record some parts - I never knew, just wondered how the VHS was completed ... i'd already left on the show night!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is, to my knowledge, the only film of a "live" performance of The Wall. As such it is definitely a worthwhile buy for Floyd fans who want to see how the original concert was staged.
As a spectacle it is a great event, and really captures the dramatic narrative of the story.
As a musical performance though it doesn't come close to the original Floyd shows. In the absence of Gilmour and co many of the songs feature special guests. Some fit in (Bryan Adams, Paul Carrack) but some don't (Sinead O'Connor, The Band), and I felt these moments really took the edge off the show. You also can't substitute Gilmour's guitar work, which I missed on Comfortably Numb in particular.
The camera work is a bit ropey in some places but overall this is well worth the money for occassional viewing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Carter on 5 May 2003
Format: DVD
At last the DVD is out! It is great to see this gig again, this time with the cock-ups fixed, (Sinead O'Connor sings with full backup from the band). The Wall in constructed using large Polystyrene blocks as the show proceeds and eventually, to mirror the liberation of the Eastern Bloc countries, a resent event then, in 1989, the hero 'Pink' losses his protective Wall and is exposed to his peers by external forces, (The Worm Judge). The destruction is spectacular and the stage is then filled with greats such as Van Morrison, Marianne Faithful, Brian Adams and more.
I think that this gig led on to the well respected "In the Flesh" concert which is a must for Pink Floyd and Roger Waters fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jroos23" on 2 May 2003
Format: DVD
It is true that Roger Waters could have made a few different choices when he chose artists to perform at this show (especially Cyndi Louper) but overall I think this is a brilliant concert. It is amazing to see all the things going on at once. The scale of this concert is huge, with a crowd of more than 300 000 people. For Roger Waters fans this is a must-I must add that the second half of the show is much better as Roger features in almost every song. Get this one. Great DVD!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By earthsign on 18 May 2003
Format: DVD
It is worrying, yet justified that everybody I have shared feelings with (concerning the official release of this concert) have all commented to the effect of this leaving a sour taste in the mouth, or like being subtley fisted.
The official version (DVD/Video/CD) lacks the atmosphere, energy, spontaneity and even the MAJOR technical faults which made the actual performance 'special' in it's own way.
Roger Waters, co-writer of The Wall and ex-Floydian, couldn't have been too happy with the artist's performances as can only be witnessed on the original televised version (many of which were appallingly bad & off key - apart from those by The Scorpions, Ute Lemper, Bryan Adams, Sinead O'Connor & Paul Carrack), but gone is what MADE the spectacle; even the crowd noise has been extensively re-sampled & deeply layered to DEATH to re-create the magnitude of the occasion, although it ends up sounding like a constant wave of computer fuzz.
Retained in the DVD edition are the show's size and epic visual production, and being honest these are the only positives which I personally could identify.
Almost all of the music and vocals on this DVD are actually from the rehearsal show (the evening before the concert) whilst other songs were re-recorded & re-engineered the day after, and the resulting overly rich & polished soundtrack doesn't necessarily score any points or substitute the lost atmosphere, let alone account for the awfully robotic & tedious sounding audience.
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
I have an old recording of the original Alan Parker film, brilliant but quite dour and depressing and certainly not for all occasions. It was whilst checking online for a DVD replacement that I stumbled across this gem.

With the international line-up (you know who they are, by now!) how could I resist? I think at the time, it was quite expensive to buy on Amazon but I did find a cheaper, brand-new alternative, on a well known auction-style site...

Yes, it's a Korean release, with indecipherable writing on the case and it wants to play with English subtitles by default - but turn them off and it looks good, when considering it's a relative oldie and is in 4:3 ratio. Sound I found better when tweaked a bit, my oldish Panasonic DVD player having 2 'virtual surround sound' settings, engage the second one and it comes alive, adding a spatial bigness about it all, that helps match the total OTT'ness that you expect with any Pink Floyd/Walters live show.

The staging is audacious and spectacular, with loads always going on, a feast for the eyes and a good imagining from the original. The (now) familiar music just spills out from it and into the night air and it must have been a real goose-bumped experience for anyone actually there, especially bearing in mind the significance of a big Wall in Berlin tumbling down, brick by brick (which it does!).

It is odd that I'd never heard of this Live version and I'm so glad I bought it - anyone who even remotely enjoyed the album, or original film will find this immensely enjoyable and more importantly, entertaining. Great Show!
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