Roger Waters/Ron Geesin soundtracked The Body arriving on DVD
Written by Matt   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The Body - DVD (2013)After many years, the Roger Waters and Ron Geesin soundtracked documentary The Body is finally arriving as an official DVD release. It is released, in the UK only at present, on October 7th, 2013.

Made in 1970, this remarkable study of the human body is neither scientific nor medical; it is, rather, a deeply intimate feature-length film exploring the physical experience of being human. Narrated by Vanessa Redgrave and Frank Finlay with a commentary by poet and playwright Adrian Mitchell, The Body traces the human life-cycle from conception to death. Photographic techniques never seen by cinema audiences at the time of release – including the use of internal cameras – allow an unprecedented insight into the body’s functions; these visuals are beautifully complemented by a soundtrack by Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and pioneering composer Ron Geesin, incorporating the latter’s experiments in biomusic – in this case, sounds created by the human body itself.

The film - and the associated album release - features much music that will be of interest to Floyd fans, and has long been an overlooked gem. There's also an uncredited, full-band track included on the soundtrack and unavailable elsewhere. The Body is presented here uncut, in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. You can order the PAL DVD direct from this direct link at Amazon UK.

Our thanks to José Abellán from the Spanish Animals magazine for tipping us off about this release.