The controversial UK documentary The Committee is making its way to DVD from Eclectic DVD along with a long lost musical score.
The Committee, starring Paul Jones of Manfred Mann fame, is a unique and controversial document of Britain in the 1960s. Avoiding easy answers, The Committee uses a surreal murder to explore the tension and conflict between bureaucracy on one side, and individual freedom on the other. Unlike many films of the era that vilified the state as repressive, The Committee also explores the inherent weakness of the individual. Writer and producer Max Steuer and director Peter Syke’s complex vision is presented with creative and often bizarre techniques, placing this film firmly within the 60’s psychedelic movement.
The musical score is a major element of this film. Written and performed by the Pink Floyd, the soundtrack is some of the most intellectual music Pink Floyd has ever produced, according to music writer David King. This music has never before been released on any format, and is a must for all Floyd fanatics. Also featured in the movie is Arthur Brown performing his hit Fire.
The DVD includes a CD of the Homemade Orchestra, a classical/jazz fusion group, performing the song The Committee, written by Steuer and Jones, as well as two other Homemade Orchestra tracks. The DVD also includes 50 minute interview with Steuer and Sykes who take us behind the scenes of The Committee. Oscar-winning documentary-maker Jon Blair conducts the interview and explores the fascinating and complex ideas behind the The Committee and humorously reveals the trials of making an independent film.
Arriving on September 13th, the disc carries a $24.95 suggested retail price.