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I saw this movie at the cinema when it first came out. As a teenager who was "heavily into" the Floyd at the time, I thought it was pretty good, though my overwhelming memory was of the way the camera stayed on Nick Mason all the way through "One Of These Days" (it turns out that this was because the other cameras were malfunctioning at the time). Sitting down to watch this director's cut after... such a *very* long time was therefore a trip down memory lane for me.

Well, my musical tastes have - not surprisingly - moved on. What appeared at the time to be mind-expanding cosmic jams that held the secret of the universe locked within now come across as just pretentious and boring, particularly for the two chords that are "Careful With That Axe Eugene", and the chunks of "Saucerful Of Secrets" during which Roger Waters is wailing inexpertly away on those cymbals. In this context, the improved visuals were a useful distraction; sometimes, these were very effective (the juxtapostion of "Echoes" with the shots of Roman statues worked very well), but not always - I can see how somebody thought it a good idea for "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" (in my opinion, one of the most allusive and enigmatic titles ever) to be enhanced with footage of - well, you know... THE SUN, but it seemed a wee bit too literal, as far as I was concerned.

The shots of the band in the studio working on "Dark Side Of The Moon" were interesting (however, it's pretty well-known that these were made up, since the record had already been released at that time), but I could definitely have done with less of the band interviews. I was particularly irritated by Dave Gilmour and Roger Waters; though they might have thought that they sounded funny and/or profound, a quick playback of what they'd recorded should have been enough to have it excised. Still, I suppose they were so much younger then as well.
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on 15 April 2017
feels cheap quality , says pirated quality all over it , this is a gift and no time to replace for something else
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on 24 February 2017
Disappointed with musical content,to much talking.
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on 17 March 2014
Was quiet disapointed,i actually thought this was a performance in front of a live audience.It was musically good(of course) but had expected something else.
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on 17 July 2014
not what I expected
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on 26 February 2007
Very atmospheric but sadly also very badly filmed. I cannot emphasise enough just how badly filmed it is.

The music is boring and mostly instrumental. If you love this era of Pink Floyd's music then you might like it. Even the best song, "Echoes", is boring with your eyes open.

The studio footage of them recording Dark Side of the Moon is interesting.

If you're only curious about it then I recommend you look it up on YouTube as they have songs taken from it.
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