The film opens in a somewhat “Tarantino-esque” way in which we begin at the end. You see Waters as he waves to the crowd and walks off stage to a car waiting for him while a police escort follows Waters’ truck as it drives away from the venue. During the drive, the film cuts back-and-forth between a tour of waters palatial country estate, and urban city streets. It’s a very calm and serene opening for a rock concert. You follow Waters as he heads home, hops into one of his classic cars, and begins his journey. A calm settles when suddenly the concert bursts forth to life! You bear witness to a massive stage of military soldiers dressed in red and black holding flags of the same color. The massive crowd roars in excitement and anticipation as Waters casually and joyfully walks on stage illuminated by a single spot light. The stage itself is easily the size of a small city block. Once the music starts kicking in the pyrotechnics are so massive that they’d make Rammstein blush! The running theme for the whole concert without a doubt is war and how it effects both the lives of the soldiers and their loved ones back home. In a way, this concert somewhat resembles a music video in that it cuts to scenes of Waters engaged in intimate and emotional moments while the band continues to play as sort of an underscore.
Personally, I felt like the moments that cut back to Waters’ road journey kinda took away from the energy of the concert. Though the scenes do reflect the songs quite elegantly, it makes it a little tough to settle into the groove of the show. But then again, if you’re able to relate to Waters’ filmed journey on any level, then it will surely enhance the message of the songs. This definitely isn’t the kind of film or concert that you put on as background music. You’ll want to be able to give it your full attention as there are quite a bit of visual effects to enjoy. The film itself is excellently well shot. You could easily separate the concert from the film and show it as a stand alone special on the history channel.
I still find it kind of hilarious when I see a crowd of concertgoers holding up their cell phones rather then flame lighters. The light emanating from their screens creates a much less intimate atmosphere as opposed to seeing thousands of tiny flames lit across a sea of people. There’s no doubt that they’re all using their phones to record the show. So rather than being present and enjoying probably one of the best rock concerts EVER, they’re looking at their phones to make sure that everything is in focus. I’ve heard of some bands who have tried to stopping the music until people put their phones away. But in doing so it usually dampens the vibe for the whole night.
Nowadays you’ll find that most Rock artists rarely if ever put this much effort into creating such a spectacular stage set up. Even the biggest acts will usually opt to settle for a few explosions coupled with a few dozens lights. But Roger Waters/Pink Floyd is definitely giving you enough bang for you buck! Even if you’re not a huge fan of the genre there’s no doubt that you’ll be glued to the screen while witnessing such a massive musical spectacle that only music legends are capable of.
Encoding: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Clarity/Detail: Crystal clear. You can see every single little detail even when the camera sweeps across the crowd. The amount of detail in the stage effects definitely requires a clear picture.
Depth: Excellent. You can even make out each persons phone as they light up!
Black Levels: Rich and clear black tones.
Color Reproduction: Rich and vibrant. There are a lot of dark tones in the stage production. But when the color comes out it really pops.
Flesh Tones: Crisp and realistic.
Audio Format(s): English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1, English: LPCM 2.0
Low Frequency Extension: Deep and rich. They take advantage of the power of the LFE.Surround Sound Presentation: N/A
Dialogue Reproduction: The articulation of the lyrics is quite crisp. Waters isn’t the greatest singer in the world, but lyrics are easily understandable.