The Pink Floyd And Syd Barrett Story 
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ISBN/ASIN : B00008AWTB
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Release data : 24 March, 2003
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After seeing the DVD, I don't think you can question the interest it will evoke for either a Barrett/Floyd fan. The problem being that there is basically not enough material to satisfy a growing diverse fan base.
The rest of Pink Floyd being interviewed is a good insight to that period and beyond, plus the personal factor is always enlightening. And I think they all are pretty realistic about the whole era.
Anything that deals with Barrett will always be interesting to me, saying that, it lacks honest artistic criticism. I think any real fan would love something more factual (as in inspiration and method), but then again, the works of Barrett are already thought provoking. Worth watching, but something better needed.
Not a bad effort for Syd Barrett fans.
Having been a huge Syd Barrett fan for many years, I was looking forward to finally watching a legitimate DVD issue focusing on his work. It is not a bad effort, it has to be said.
The DVD title menu format is very good and the Omnibus programme itself contains a wealth of information. There are some excellent interviews, particularly from Roger Waters and David Gilmour, and it cover his whole career from the beginning of Pink Floyd to the end of his solo material. There is also plenty of film footage which is interesting to view.
My criticism of the DVD is the same as some of the other reviewers. There is plenty more other material that should have been included in its full length that was not. Bonus material should have included full length versions of "Syd's First Trip", "Arnold Layne", "See Emily Play", "The Scarecrow", Vegetable man" and "Let's make love in London", all of which I have seen on bootlegs before. Interviews of "Barrett" fans are not really very interesting. Also made up videos for "Bike" with additional echo ended is frustrating.
Overall, this DVD could have been absolutely definitive. Instead, it leaves Barrett fans needing to rummage around with unofficial fan clubs more.
Syd gets his just deserts..
Taken from the BBC Omnibus documentary, this DVD is just about what the legend of the original spaced out wonder kid deserves.The boy was blessed with genius but he took it too far and had to break up the band (so to speak).Some great contributions from the very wonderful Robyn Hitchcock, including an extra performance not included in the original show.Also extra contributions from Waters and Gilmour.10 years later he'd have made a wonderful producer. Can you imagine the production job he'd have done on Metal Box by PIL...to much to even dream about. Just buy this DVD, you might open up a whole new world of listening...