Roger Waters: In the Flesh Live DVD Review


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I first heard Pink Floyd during my youth. It was Another Brick in the Wall that stirred me to seek out my first music cassette purchase. I recognized in the song a sense of irony -- that along with education came indoctrination. It was something that spurred me to be an individualist. Ever Since then, I appreciated the music, rooted in blues, and the irony of the lyrics of Roger Waters.

The DVD starts with a virtual tour pass, then an animated backdrop with ambient sounds to set the mood. The menu against the backdrop contains: Play Movie, A/V Setup, Scene Selections, Special Features.


Roger Waters: In the Flesh Live DVD Menu

The movie is presented in 16:9 anamorphic. The picture is crisp and clear. The camera work lingers on all the performers to give you a sense of their skills as musicians and singers.

For such a notoriously angst-ridden, self-centered performer, Roger Waters seems to be enjoying himself on stage, and allows all the performers to shine on stage.


Roger Waters enjoys himself on stage

One performer, Doyle Bramhall II, stands out because he seems as charismatic as, I would imagine, Syd Barrett would have been back when the band started.


Doyle Bramhall II, a Syd Barrett clone?

A/V Setup lets you choose from Dolby Digital 5.1, LPCM Stereo, System Setup, Subtitles - On, Subtitles - Off.

System Setup lets you choose from Audio Setup which tests sound from each speaker, and Color Bars.

Scene Selections lets you choose from: In the Flesh, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall Part 2, Mother, Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert, Southampton Dock, Pigs on the Wing Part 1, Dogs, Welcome to the Machine, Wish You Were Here, Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-8), Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Breathe (in the Air), Time, Money, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Part 11 (AKA 5:06 AM - Every Stranger's Eyes), Perfect Sense (Parts I and II), The Bravery of Being Out of Range, It's a Miracle, Amused to Death, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Comfortably Numb, Each Small Candle.

Special Features lets you choose from: Band Member Biographies which tells a little bit about all the performers sans Roger Waters, "Gearing Up" Documentary which gives a glimpse of rehearsals, and Stills.


Roger Waters band rehearsal

All the menus have some animated aspect to them, along with ambient sounds. The sub-menus emulate the look and feel of Macintosh computers.

Overall, this is a well made video of Roger Waters' performance, which looks and sounds great.

Click here to purchase Roger Waters: In the Flesh Live DVD at Amazon.com.


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