Pink Floyd Will Remaster and Re-Release Concert Film ‘Pulse’

by Jennifer Shea
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Pink Floyd is coming out with a restored and re-edited version of their Pulse concert film next year. The film follows the band through its epic Division Bell tour.

The remastered film will be out on Blu-ray and DVD starting Feb. 18. It includes footage from Pink Floyd’s Oct. 20, 1994 performance at London’s Earl’s Court. And it features a full rendition of The Dark Side of the Moon, according to Rolling Stone.

In the concerts featured on the film, the band is composed of guitarist David Gilmour, keyboardist Richard Wright and drummer Nick Mason.

Pink Floyd Goes All-Out with Re-Release

The original Pulse concert film was included in Pink Floyd’s 2019 box set The Later Years.Aubrey “Po” Powell of the design group Hipgnosis re-edited footage shot by director David Mallet for that version of the film. And the packaging of the box set gave a nod to the blinking red light of the earlier 1995 release, which blinks for as long as two AA batteries last. Pink Floyd will bring the blinking light back on the Pulse reissue, per Rolling Stone.

“Essentially, it’s a device which we thought was entertaining,” Mason said about the light in a statement. “It’s an idea of Storm Thorgerson’s which related to The Dark Side of the Moon and the pulse, and it’s a live album so the box is ‘alive.’ After that, in terms of seriously deep meanings, one might be struggling a bit.”

Besides the remastered release of Pulse, Pink Floyd has also released a dozen live recordings that have never been available on streaming before. They feature recordings taken from 1970 to 1972.

Meanwhile, the remastered re-release of Pulse is now available for pre-order. The two-disc product includes music videos, concert screen films, documentaries, tour rehearsal footage and a 60-page booklet.

The 1970-72 recordings recently released by the band cover performances across Europe, the U.S. and Canada, per Yahoo Entertainment. They feature long-running performances with exacting attention to detail. And they’ve been made available now because of a copyright law change in Europe.

“The copyright law in Europe was recently extended from 50 to 70 years for everything recorded in 1963 and beyond,” a rep for Sony told Rolling Stone. “With everything before that, there’s a new ‘Use It or Lose It’ provision. It basically said, ‘If you haven’t used the recordings in the first 50 years, you aren’t going to get any more.’”

So the band may have been trying to extend the live albums’ copyrights by using them now. And when Pink Floyd put out the EP 1965: Their First Recordings in 2015, the same calculus was likely at work.