Blu Ray Review
I could probably sum this up in two words: Buy it. I am not going to bother going in to the details of the premise of the film itself as that has already been established. I will say that I have a LOT of concert DVD's and Blu Ray's from a variety of bands and this is by far the best sounding concert film I have yet to experience. This isn't Pink Floyd -you would think the title would give that away - but Roger Waters gathered an impressive cast of musicians for this tour and his musical vision is fully fleshed out on some of the songs. From the first exploding riff of In the Flesh (Part 1), to the final dramatic chaos of The Trial, you are engulfed by a perfect mix of at times numerous instruments and vocals and does it ever sound glorious. As if that weren't enough, visually it is absolutely stunning. Cuts of not only Waters himself, but of his fellow musicians and shots of the crowd are blended almost to perfection. The stage show itself - with giant puppets and the wall itself being used as a backdrop for a constant barrage of visuals - is captured in all it's glory. I don't want to just concentrate on the concert either as the actual shots of Waters on his travels to Italy capture the feeling of the internal search Pink is going through in the story of The Wall perfectly, which I'm pretty sure was at least part of the plan for this film.
Extra's include 2 songs from 02 show, with David Gilmour performing Comfortably Numb and Nick Mason joining at the end for Outside the Wall. You also get a slew of interviews with Waters promoting the film, talking about the savages of war-with at times a more than slight political bent- and also showing Waters with the crew and other musicians. There are also visits from Waters to other locales of past fallen war heroes, the most interesting being that of A Visit to Frank Thompson.
In closing, I wasn't fortunate enough to see this tour live and I'll kick myself for an eternity for that, but this release is a wonderful parting gift from a visionary artist who appears to have finally broken through his own personal wall for what should be documented for years to come as the highest standard for a performance release on any format.
I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect- in terror. Poe