Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video

UPDATED 07/17/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/17/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT


So this is what Pink Floyd's stadium show last summer looked like. Unless you were daring enough to shove your way into the rabid throng right in front of the stage, the band looked like a flea circus at the bottom of a well, and its elaborate laser show resembled a fireworks display two counties off. This video makes it clear that most of us missed some show. Not that anyone got cheated. The sound quality was unimaginably clear and loud however many leagues you were from the action. The music still sounds good, especially David Gilmour's lacerating guitar, and now you can enjoy the whole package, including the visual imagery that is a Pink Floyd hallmark. This 17-song tape, compiled in five nights at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, is a superb concert video. Director Wayne Isham blends slow motion, dreamlike footage, animation and superimposed shots of the band, the crowd and the bombastic effects in a way that enhances such songs as "The Dogs of War" and "Comfortably Numb." The 100-minute length will test those who don't think Pink, but fans won't mind. Even if you were one of the 5 million who saw this tour live, it's worth revisiting—with a front row seat. (CMV, $24.98)

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