This is an update of the update of the original 1972 Pink Floyd concert film from director Adrian Maben (who also made the amazing James Brown documentary Soul Brother No.1). In ’74, Maben re-released the 60 minute movie with added interviews and footage and this ’03 version, which clocks in at over 90 minutes, adds some space-age-y elements to the mix. In the end, we get a mish mash of compelling moments, with the band playing inside an ancient amphitheater in Italy (as well as roaming an almost primordial surface that makes it seems like they stumbled onto the set of a Stanley Kubrick flick), then we see the group at Abbey Road studios re-creating the making of their landmark Dark Side of the Moon album. In between it all, there’s plenty of chain smokin’, some dog howlin’-assisted harmonica playin’, and lots of food, whether it’s enjoying oysters in Paris or ordering apple pie with no crust in Great Britain. But aside from the comic relief, the real treat is the most obvious: the mind-blowing music, including tracks like “Echoes”, “A Saucerful of Secrets,” “Careful With That Axe Eugene”, “One of These Days I’m Going to Cut You into Little Pieces,” “Mademoiselle Nobs” and “Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun,” just to name a few.
(Props to erichc1992 for the upload)