Video Release: September 13, 2005
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Music Video Distributors
- Digitally Processed
- Originally in English
- Released in English
This release includes yet another recut version of Peter Whitehead's 1967 documentary Tonight Let's All Make Love in London, incorporating the extended pre-EMI version of Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive" in its opening sequence and recycling a considerable number of images from the original cut of the movie into what amounts to an extended video to open the movie. It's an interesting, at times even fascinating example of cinematic art and commercial salvage all in one, and the group's more serious and mature fans will probably love it, although those for whom Dark Side of the Moon is a jumping-off point (and, for that matter, would never use "whom" in a sentence) may be bewildered by the cascading images, as well as some of the fiercest sounds ever captured professionally of the Syd Barrett version of the group. Looking at this material now (which has never had an official release in the U.S. before, apart from a CD-ROM), it is probably the best extant visual representation of what that period of music and London cultural history was like, mixing edgy creativity and compulsive group behavior in one strange and otherworldly interlude. The quality of the image and the sound is superior to that of earlier incarnations of this material (principally through a Japanese laserdisc), and director Whitehead has tightened up the editing to the point where there's scarcely a stray frame of footage to slacken the focus or intensity. The DVD comes with a nicely mastered (i.e., good and loud) bonus CD of the two Pink Floyd tracks which, to show the order of priorities here, is first in the two-disc package. The core of the DVD is the latest version of the 31-minute film that Whitehead has assembled keyed to the two extended Floyd tracks, but there are some interesting appendices. The first and best is Whitehead's overview (keyed to images of the band and London, but also of New York City, including the 59th Street subway station), and his reminiscences of his early contact with Barrett. There's also something called "Peter Whitehead's '60s Experience" that is essentially a montage of images from the period keyed to the short edit of "Interstellar Overdrive," and is followed by interviews with Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Julie Christie, and David Hockney, excerpted from the original Tonight Let's All Make Love in London -- one sort of wishes they would go ahead and release the original film as well on DVD, because it was pretty entertaining in its own right in its own time. The disc opens automatically on an easy-to-access menu, and the entire disc will probably be a delight to the more cerebral of Pink Floyd fans. ~ Bruce Eder
A mini-feature culled from director Whitehead's rockumentary "Tonite Let's All Make Love in London," comprising footage of Pink Floyd's original lineup hard at work in the Sound Techniques studio in early 1967.