Wall: Live in Berlin [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read 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.
Roger Waters as ever gives a terrific performance as vocalist, bass player and actor.
A few extras on the dvd include a short documentary about the building of the Berlin wall and how the show came about. Some fascinating unseen footage remaining from what was projected onto the round screen , unfortunately out of shot most of the time during the concert.
All in all , well worth getting for reliving a piece of history.
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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love this dvd. have already watched it 3 times its great. came on time and was well packedPublished 16 months ago by october
I have an old recording of the original Alan Parker film, brilliant but quite dour and depressing and certainly not for all occasions. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2012 by Tim Kidner
We all know the music and the celebration in 1990. A clear 4 stars.
I am writing to correct some apparent misunderstandings evident from the first review and three... Read more
Bought this, but it won't play in a standard cd player or off of a computer. Apparently, it's a super audio cd (SACD) which means you need a special machine to play it on. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2008 by Foulenough
By good fortune I went with two Dutch friends who speak perfect German
and we arrived in the morning so was able to get very close to the huge stage. Read more
Roger Waters was pretty much getting stomped on by his old band. The Momentary Lapse-era Floyd were touring the world, culminating in headlining Knebworth in 1990. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2005 by Gizzark Henry
I you haven't seen this concert what the hell are you waiting for? Roger Waters was Pink Floyd in my opinion and this is propably the only time you will see The Wall in all it's... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2004
We saw Pink Floyd perform the Wall in Dortmund in 1982 - it was by far the best live concernt I have seen - before or since. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2004