Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother to be released in Japan with bonus Blu-Ray

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by NunoBento, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. NunoBento

    NunoBento Rock 'n' Roll Star Thread Starter

    Following the discovery of the original 16mm film of Atom Heart Mother from the 1971 Hakone Aphrodite shows and subsequent restoration, Pink Floyd will be releasing in Japan (and looking like it's Japan only) an expanded edition of Atom Heart Mother with a bonus Blu-Ray.


    All the details are up on Ron's website, Brain Damage:
    Pink Floyd news :: Brain Damage - Special Japanese-only Pink Floyd Hakone/Atom Heart Mother release

    Just announced as a special edition, being sold only in Japan (presumably due to licensing/release agreement), is a very interesting package celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's pair of concerts at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Hakone, Japan - the band's first in that country.

    The background to the release is this: an original 16mm film of Atom Heart Mother from the 1971 Hakone Aphrodite shows was recently discovered. A long time was spent digitizing, restoring and remastering, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the '71 Hakone Aphrodite event, a special edition (a two disc set of a CD and Blu-ray) of Atom Heart Mother will be released on August 4, 2021 in Japan.

    The Blu-ray disc contains the restored footage of Atom Heart Mother, showing the band on stage performing the song, and travelling around Japan, together with some additional bonus footage of Pink Floyd's crew, setting up the show, dealing with issues, etc., which hasn't been seen before.

    The pack comes with a 60-page photo book with never-seen-before photos, a reproduction programme, flyer, poster and ticket reprint which all looks great! More details can be found at, although if you can't read Japanese you'll need to use Google Translate or similar. Orders can now be placed through various links found at including Amazon Japan, HMV, Sony Music Store, and others. We suspect that most, if not all, of these retailers will happily ship the item worldwide, although in certain countries customs duties or import taxes will be levied, so please be aware of this and check before ordering.

    If you want to see a quick comparison of a short part of the footage, comparing the newly restored film with what many of us will have been familiar with for many years, here's something that Sony Music Japan have put together:

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  2. HorrorCosmic

    HorrorCosmic Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much for posting this. I preordered it. Google translate works beautifully.
  3. NunoBento

    NunoBento Rock 'n' Roll Star Thread Starter

    I have to say that the first time I saw this my heart skipped a beat with the hope of a brand new surround mix on Blu-ray. The hi-resolution original stereo mix would be nice too.
    But hey, I’ll still order it for the restored film and the cool packaging.
  4. rednedtugent

    rednedtugent Forum Resident

    Funk, Ohio
    hope they release the original film :-popcorn:
    Looks better to me. Like a VHS.

    Thanks for the heads up!
  5. ODShowtime

    ODShowtime Swirl Life

    Does the whole PAL/NTSC thing come into play here at all? Are we confident USA blu-ray players will play this?

    Probably a stupid question, but a really stupid outcome could happen if I don't ask.
  6. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    Are liner notes included?
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  7. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

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  8. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Senior Member

    Thanks for the heads up, just ordered from CDJapan.
  9. Jack

    Jack Senior Member

    Ordered also. This looks a treat!
  10. MechanicalAnimal6

    MechanicalAnimal6 Forum Resident

    United States
    so is the blu ray just of them playing the Atom Heart Mother song and then some behind the scenes stuff and that's it?
    so maybe a 40 minute long blu ray, and no bonus tracks on the cd?

    it seems cool, but also seems quite expensive for the very little that you're getting as far as what comes on the blu ray...
  11. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma Hendon!!!

    CoCoCo, Ca
    Yes but they are in Japanese. Dave just threw his hands up in disgust.
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  12. CybrKhatru

    CybrKhatru Music is life.

    Los Angeles
    wow cool!
  13. Trainspotting

    Trainspotting Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    I assume this footage is not on The Early Years box. There were so many versions of "Atom Heart Mother"...
  14. mcallister

    mcallister Forum Resident

  15. MechanicalAnimal6

    MechanicalAnimal6 Forum Resident

    United States
    $72 to get it from Amazon Japan to the U.S.

    dang, as cool as it seems, i will definitely need to pass...
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  16. tdcrjeff

    tdcrjeff Forum Resident

    Hermosa Beach, CA
    On Vol 5:
    • ’71 Hakone Aphrodite Open Air Festival, Hakone, Japan, 6–7 August 1971
    1. "Atom Heart Mother" – 15.11
  17. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Daddyland, CA
    While I was hoping for SACD reissues of all Pink Floyd's stuff, it looks like this kind of release is about the best we can expect.
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  18. peter

    peter Senior Member

    There are plenty of sources on the internet to get a region free blu ray player. However, that is not the end of the analysis. First, you need to be sure your TV can toggle between PAL and NTCS. Mine, a 2006 era LG tube set (one of the last), can; ergo, I have kept it. (And, I like the picture - softer than a modern flat screen and easier on my eyes.) Next, you have to ask yourself whether you want to hack your main blu ray player to make it region free. Personally, I would not do that - I kept my Oppo 105 strictly for music. Just buy a cheapie region free blue ray player for discs like this. Keeps it simple.

    Others may have different approach.
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  19. BeatleJWOL

    BeatleJWOL Senior Member

    Does rather solve the liner notes issue when they're written in a language (I presume) Dave and Roger can't read :laugh:
  20. bhazen

    bhazen Beatles Forever

    Newport Hills, WA
    Wish there was a James Guthrie or Alan Parsons remix of the actual album ... (I also wish that there were unicorns that fart jellybeans ... :love:)
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  21. Jerry Horne

    Jerry Horne Peace Be With You.

    West Coast
    Ordered earlier today. This seems a cut above most grey market Japanese releases.
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  22. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    Anything regarding my favorite Pink Floyd album is of special interest to me! Instant must have!!!! :love:
  23. snkcube

    snkcube Forum Resident

    San Francisco, CA
    US Blu-ray players should be able to play the film, since Japan and the US share the same region code. It's also possible the Blu-ray disc is region-free. More info can be found in the link below.
    Region Codes for Blu-ray Discs | Sony USA
  24. Looking great! But oh, I'm pretty broke this moment...^^
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  25. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City south of Detroit

    Fonthill, Ontario

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