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Barry Cleveland: Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here (DVD)

| August 22, 2012

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and (the late) Richard Wright have said that Wish You Were Here, released in 1975 as the follow-up to the mega-popular The Dark Side of the Moon, is their favorite Floyd disc—and this documentary directed by filmmaker John Edginton, who also directed 2007’s The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, does a superb job of telling how the album came to be.

Featuring fresh interviews with Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Roger Waters, along with archive footage of Wright, the film examines the psychological, aesthetic, and business concerns that played huge roles during the album’s conception and execution, while never exceeding the boundaries of good taste, even when exploring the now-legendary personal and creative tensions between Gilmour and Waters. In addition to interviews with the principals, there are informative and often fascinating chats with album designer Storm Thorgerson, album photographer Aubrey “Po” Powell, studio photographer Jill Furmanovsky, and Ronnie Rondell, the “burning man” pictured on the cover.  There’s also footage of recording engineer Brian Humphries cuing up tracks from the multi-track masters at Abbey Road Studios, and Roy Harper, who sang “Have a Cigar.”

Bonus features include Gilmour and Waters both accompanying themselves on acoustic guitar while singing “Wish You Were Here,” and addition interview footage from Mason, Waters, and Gilmour.
 
Here's the trailer from Eagle Vision:
 
 

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