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Pink Floyd - Pulse (Two Discs) (DVD) [1994] - 15.98

At long last Pink Floyd: Pulse has arrived on DVD, and Floyd fans already know it's a major cause to celebrate. The original VHS release was a milestone bestseller, but it seemed to take forever for the DVD to arrive, with numerous delays while Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and long-time Floyd producer James Guthrie labored to restore, re-edit, and remix this legendary concert video in 5.1-channel Dolby Surround Sound. The resulting two-disc set was well worth the wait: While the limitations of the original video source are still evident in the sometimes-hazy image quality (Gilmour would later admit the concert should have been captured on film), Floyd fans will unanimously agree that Pulse has never looked or sounded better, and only the absence of group co-founder Roger Waters prevents this from being the ultimate document of Pink Floyd in performance. (Even without Waters, it's easily one of the group's most impressive stage productions.) Gracefully directed with minimal intrusion by veteran music video and concert director David Mallet, and shot on video during Pink Floyd's two-week stint at London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre in October 1994, this 145-minute performance (from Floyd's Division Bell tour) is a sonic marvel to behold. Under a massive arch festooned with then-state-of-the-art laser, lighting, and projection systems, the 1987 incarnation of Pink Floyd (Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright, and drummer Nick Mason) and their stellar supporting band kicks off with "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" (a loving tribute to Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett), followed by four tracks from The Division Bell, two from 1987's A Momentary Lapse of Reason, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" from 1979's magnum opus The Wall, and leading into intermission with absolutely stunning performance of "One of These Days," the timeless opening track from 1971's Meddle.

The centerpiece of Disc 2 is a near-perfect performance of 1974's Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety--reason enough to make this a must-have DVD for even the most casual Floyd admirers. And while no one will ever re-create the sheer magnificence of Clare Torry's original tour de force vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky," it's safe to say that backup singers Sam Brown, Claudia Fontaine, and Durga McBroom deliver the next best thing, in addition to seamless contributions throughout the concert. After the closing heartbeat of "Eclipse," the concert ends with encore performances of "Wish You Were Here," "Comfortably Numb," and a no-holds-barred, pyrotechnically explosive rendition of The Wall's "Run Like Hell," all showcasing Gilmour's guitar mastery with frequent close-ups of his picking and fret-work as seen throughout the concert. (Like Gilmour, Mason and Wright were never dynamic onstage, and that's true here as well, but their technical precision is fully evident, and while guitarist Tim Renwick and saxophonist Dick Parry are each given moments to shine, bassist Guy Pratt is a worthy substitution for Waters, especially when vocally sparring with Gilmour on "Run Like Hell.")

With beautiful packaging, an 8-page booklet, and menu designs by long-time Floyd associate Storm Thorgerson, the DVDs offer an abundance of bonus features including "Bootlegging the Bootleggers," featuring surprisingly good-quality "boot" video performances of "What Do You Want From Me?," "On the Turning Away," "Poles Apart," and "Marooned." The surreal round-ratio screen films seen throughout the concert can all be viewed independently (still in round format, and several offered in both original and alternate versions). Music videos for "Learning to Fly" and "Take It Back" are included on Disc 1, along with "Tour Stuff" including maps, itineraries, and stage plans for the 1994 tour. "Say Goodbye to Life as We Know It" is a playful backstage video (mostly involving the production staff's ongoing quest for a good pint of beer), and after delivering a heartfelt introduction to Pink Floyd's 1996 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Roger Waters and Syd Barrett acknowledged by Gilmour), Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan joins Gilmour and Wright for a moving acoustic performance of "Wish You Were Here" (directed at Waters, perhaps?). Additional features include album cover art, a photo gallery, and the concert-only audio choice between a 448kbps audio bitstream or a higher-quality 640kbps stream for higher-quality DVD players. The system set-up feature ensures that audiophiles will achieve optimum speaker performance in keeping with Pink Floyd's exacting technical standards. In tandem with the superior concert presentation, these features make Pulse one of the best--if not the best--music DVDs of 2006, guaranteed to satisfy Floyd fans for many years to come. --Jeff Shannon

Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):

Rating: 5:
One and Only Pink Floyd !!!!!!! : For the life of me I do not understand why some people are critical of this DVD! It is simply Stupendous! Incredible!

Pink Floyd were and are light years ahead of anyone. To me it is one of the my life's greatest plesures to listen to there music. I do so every day and never tire of it.

My only wish now is for them to do another live concert and invite me to it!

Rating: 2:
OK Video - Poor Audio, Buy the Roger Waters DVD first! : I am totally amused atthe people tripping over themselves to praise this DVD. The video is OK; nothing to write home about, and the audio is simply terrible. I have played this on my high end system and I am not impressed at all. If you want to see and hear what Pink Floyd is capable of, buy the Roger Waters Live DVD's. This is a complete let down, and a money grab to boot.

Rating: 5:
Simply essential for anyone who is any kind of Pink Floyd fan : (This review should have been in the 2 disc section, was mistakenly put with the single disc release)

There's really not a lot to say beyond the title.

If you are even a moderately interested Pink Floyd fan you just have to have this.

Stick it in the the DVD player (upscaled to 1080i or 720p is a nice bonus modern tech gives us), fire up the big TV and have the (amazing) sound come through the turned up stereo (Dolby Digital is outstanding - and there is a higher fidelity - 640kbps - option on top of that) and it's as close to being there as you're going to get.

The sound is as good as modern tech allows (which is to say 1st class.....perhaps one day it'll get released in a high def DVD format with Dolby HD but for now this is it) and the camera work is as good as it gets.
It was also a great show with a welcome mix of their older and newer songs, the lights show has the lasers, video screen and lights working their magic without overshowing the band
(who are clearly enjoying a great night themselves).

The set itself come with nice presentation too, 2 discs and a little booklet with a photo set of the night.

Wish I'd been there!

A proper retail 2 disc set for around [...]?

It's a true no-brainer if ever there was.

Rating: 5:
Simply essential for anyone who is any kind of Pink Floyd fan. : There's really not a lot to say beyond the title.

If you are even a moderately interested Pink Floyd fan you just have to have this.

Stick it in the the DVD player (upscaled to 1080i or 720p is a nice bonus modern tech gives us), fire up the big TV and have the (amazing) sound come through the turned up stereo (Dolby Digital is outstanding - and there is a higher fidelity - 640kbps - option on top of that) and it's as close to being there as you're going to get.

The sound is as good as modern tech allows (which is to say 1st class.....perhaps one day it'll get released in a high def DVD format with Dolby HD but for now this is it) and the camera work is as good as it gets.
It was also a great show with a welcome mix of their older and newer songs, the lights show has the lasers, video screen and lights working their magic without overshowing the band
(who are clearly enjoying a great night themselves).

The set itself come with nice presentation too, 2 discs and a little booklet with a photo set of the night.

Wish I'd been there!

A proper retail 2 disc set for around 10?

It's a true no-brainer if ever there was.

Rating: 5:
HAVE NOT A SECOND THOUGHT---DON'T HESITATE TO BUY--!!!!! : I've just received my delivery this afternoon of "P.U.L.S.E"--

I originally recorded this concert when it was screened by the BBC as I note one or two others who have written reviews here also did.
Whenever my daughter and grandson came visiting I had to put it on--he was only seven when he first saw it at "Nanny's"--LOL!!--but despite it only being on VHS and the eventual deterioration gradually as time and use progressed,nonetheless it was always the most special of specials to be viewed!!

I was thrilled to eventually find that at long last it is to be found here at Amazon at such a marvellous price--I read all the reviews for good or ill,happily deciding that if even my rather sad old tape was still considered worth the having and being unable to bring myself to throw it away at any cost then if even the worst of the reviews was to prove correct,it still had to be better than what I was already tolerating and still in love with!!!!

Therefore--I ordered it anyway,especially as the majority of reviewers were by far and away slanting toward the highly favourable....but I wasn't too bothered--I simply had to own the DVD regardless of reproduction--lol!!

AND------why any doubts at all????--I am sitting as I write this,cider and straw at my side while this superb DVD is giving me so much enjoyment it's untrue.

Of course--all things in life are a matter of personal choice and perception----but,if you are thinking and dithering on whether to "go for it" or not----think no more!!!

Let's face it--to be able to "lose" yourself in such wonderful music and colour at the price that Amazon offers--why not take the chance???

Go on---do it---click----"buy"------now--!!!!

Hope you enjoy the concert as much as I have over these past years--and now will be able to do so more than ever----hang on--I'm off to get another cider and simply "chill" along with it---LOL!!!!

Be happy at this wonderful place of Amazon----I've got HEAPS of music in all forms from this superb site.


Karen xxx

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