Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pink Floyd The Story of Wish You Were Here

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
Price: DVD $14.98, Blu-ray $19.98
Studio: Eagle Rock

Wish You Were Here movie sceneThe documentary film The Story of Wish You Were Here offers an in-depth look at the making of the landmark 1975 album by the legendary British rock bank Pink Floyd.

Released September 1975, Wish You Were Here was the follow-up to Floyd’s wildly successful Dark Side Of The Moon album. Like its predecessor, Wish You Were Here immediately went straight to No. 1 in the UK and the U.S..

The DVD, which is authorized by the surviving members of the band and was made with their involvement and cooperation, tells the story of the making of the album and features new interviews with Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason, plus and archive interviews with the late Richard Wright. Also included are sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson, vocalist Roy Harper, front-cover “burning man” Ronnie Rondell and other people involved with the album.

In addition, original recording engineer Brian Humphries revisits the master tapes at London’s Abbey Road Studios to illustrate aspects of the songs’ construction.

The band members discuss the album’s themes of absence, the greed of the music business,and former band member Syd Barrett, who is famously celebrated in “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” which opens and closes the album. The program also covers the unexpected visit Barrett paid to Abbey Road during the recording, the difficulties of the early recording sessions and how the decision to split “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” into two sections was the catalyst for the album’s successful completion.

Produced in 2011, the film premiered on VH1 Classic in March, 2011.

The DVD and Blu-ray releases contain additional bonus material not featured in the TV broadcast version, including further interviews with the band and clips of Roger Waters and David Gilmour performing excerpts from the album.

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