Dark Side of the Rainbow
Matching a movie to an unrelated album is know as synchronicity. For whatever reason, it (and especially DSotM / Wizard of Oz) has gotten a great deal of press lately. There are other Pink Floyd related synchronicity matchings (such as WYWH with Blade Runner), but I'm only going to deal with the DSotM one. If you wish to read more about synchronicities, I suggest you visit The Synchronicity Arkive
There are several ideas as to when to start the album. All revolve around the famous MGM lion. You may start the album during the first roar, second roar, third roar, or as the lion fades to black, but the things listed below are based on starting the album on the third roar.
Use the following item to make sure you have synched the album correctly:
DSotM isn't long enough to play through the entire movie, so several ideas have been put forward:
- The credit for the producer Mervyn LeRoy appears right as the transition from 'Speak to Me' to 'Breathe' takes place.
- Put DSotM on repeat (will play about 1 1/2 times)
- Start Animals right after DSotM and then Meddle (tracks 2 - 5) right after Animals ends
Support For This Theory
- The lyric 'Balanced on the biggest wave' coincides with Dorothy's balancing act on the fence
- 'On the Run' starts as Dorothy falls off the fence
- Chimes and Bells start ringing as the Wicked Witch appears riding her bicycle.
- During the 'Time' guitar solo, the fortune teller's sign is shown with the words "Past Present and Future"
- The Great Gig in the Sky has many incidents:
- The tornado is shown in the background as the words 'I'm am not frightened of dying' are said
- The drums start right as the wind really picks up and blows the trees from their roots.
- The singer calms down right as Dorothy is knocked unconsious by the window
- 'Great Gig in the Sky' is still playing as the house flies in the tornado
- Side 1 of the album (vinyl) is exactly as long as the black & white portion of the film
- The cash register in Money is heard right as color is seen in Oz (money = color)
- Incidents in 'Us and Them':
- The ballerinas enter on 'Us, us, us, us'
- One ballerina seems to lip sync 'ordinary men'
- Three men enter on 'Me, me, me'
- One kid's jerking motions are in sync with the music
- 'Forward he cried' is sung as Dorothy looks turns to face forward
- The Wicked Witch appears on 'Black, black'
- On 'Blue, blue, blue,' the camera switches to Dorothy (in her blue dress)
- 'And who knows which is which and who is who' is sung right when the Wicked Witch of the West looks at the recently killed Wicked Witch of the East. Note the play on words "Which is Which" vs "Witch is Witch"
- The Witch is up a the platform on 'Up, up' and then walks down on 'Down, down, down'
- As 'And in the End' is sung, the Wicked Witch of the East disappears
- On 'Out, out, out,' the good Witch of the North leaves
- 'Brain Damage' plays as the Scarecrow sings 'If I Only Had a Brain'
- Heartbeat heard at the end of the album is heard as Dorothy listens at the Tin Man's chest