Sound — 4
This is another 'making of' DVD from the Rock Milestones series. It is a bare bones production, so there isn't much to say about the sound. It's a documentary with occasional clips of music that somehow don't even sound correct. I wouldn't bother playing this on anything other than stereo; there would be no point.
Content — 5
There is one special feature: a photo gallery with less than a dozen photographs. While it's interesting to see members of the band from their younger years, these are all pictures you can find on the internet. There isn't any music or anything overlaid while you're viewing the photos, so it's not really worth looking at them. The feature itself is an approximately 60 minute look at the maknig of the album Wish You Were Here. Oddly enough, the first quarter hour of the program is actually about Dark Side of the Moon, with critics praising that album's genius and success. It got to the point where we were beginning to wonder if the DVD had been mis-labeled. When we finally get into talking about Wish You Were Here, what we find is a brief discussion about each song on the disk. There are a lot of interesting points made (Gilmour describes how he came up with the 'four notes' on Shine on You Crazy Diamond, and both he and Waters continually express how inspiration Sid Barret was in their own work), but nothing that was a ground-breaking revelation. Probably the most interesting bit is when Waters and Gilmour are talking (separately) about working on Shin on You Crazy Diamond: apperently they were fiddling with the song in the studio when Sid Barrett (who, of course, is the subject of the song) walked in and sat down, and how nobody seemed to be able to recognise him. It was apperently a very emotional event for the band. Other than that, the documentary simply goes into the creative ideas behind each song on the album, with a particular emphasis on how much Barrett influenced the themes (due to his own mental problems) and, interestingly, a lot of discussion about Waters' ideas (almost making him out to be a cynical, bitter man). There's nothing really new here, but it was an interesting to watch.
Production Quality — 4
Very poor. The opening menu is simply a dark background with the album cover on it, and some text leading to the different menus. The feature itself is produced poorly, with cheesy graphics and copyright information often plastered over concert footage (obscuring the very things they're trying to show). For some bizzare reason, most of the interview/concert footage is played through a sort of 'window' that consists of a collage of graphics taken from the album art. The result is an odd presentation, and the impression that the producers somehow weren't given permission to show the whole frame of the footage for some reason. It may have been intended to 'frame' the footage and put it into context of the almub itself, but it turns out to be simply distracting. I have read reviews that say the band shown in the concert footage is not Pink Floyd, but a cover band called The Tribe. I don't nkow enough about either band to tell for sure, but take that as you will. Either way, there is footage of the members of the band doing interviews, as well as at least one set of clips of the real band taken from the Live 8 concert in 2005 (shown for the song Wish You Were Here).
Overall Impression — 4
I was largely unimpressed by this DVD. It was interesting to watch, and I would reccomend it to those who are die-hard Floyd fans (you might learn something you didn't know before) but it probably won't stand up to repeated viewings. The production value and presentation of the disc is poor at best, and the clips from the songs on the album are short. I'm definately glad I saw this, as it added to my knowledge and appreciation of the band, but anything I took away from this could have been learned on the internet or by reading a biography of the band.