Richard has a caulifower for a brain and popping candy for blood.
Real or imagined, the effect is usually created by pausing a CD of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at the very beginning, starting the DVD or tape of the film with the TV volume muted, and un-pausing the CD when Richard (the central character) shouts “YOU! YOU CUNT!” to a local drug dealer. (Note some versions insist on pressing play during the drug dealer’s question,”What you looking at”. The “You. You cunt!” is the right one to use for the sync.) A minority of devotees argue that un-pausing the CD on the second “YOU!” produces a superior alignment. The effect can be repeated during the film by restarting the CD during a scene where Richard, on presenting a dead body to another fiend, asks “Do you want to give him a little kiss?”.
Another synch point is the appearance of Richard in “elephant” mode, exactly as songs transition from “Speak to Me” to “Breathe”. However, this does not match the starting point of the “You! You cunt!. When using this, the screaming from “Breathe” begins right as Richard apears for the first time to terrorise the pikey dealers.
Would you mind awfully opening the door, Sir?
If the music and movie become unsynched, the one hour point of the movie corresponds to 2:14 of Great Gig in the Sky (using the “elephant” scene as a marker). This means the movie is 8 seconds ahead of the CD (2:14 of Great Gig in the Sky is 16:52 into the CD. The CD is playing a second time, and the entire length is 43 minutes exactly.)
Most users have explored this phenomenon using the original or 1994 re-issue editions of the album in CD format.
Another factor that could affect the quality of the perceived sync is the version of the film used. The NTSC version, used in the United States, runs 101 minutes while the PAL version, used in Europe, runs 98 minutes (due to the system’s transfer rate of 30(NTSC) rather than 25(PAL) frames per second). Most users who have made websites touting the effect appear to be based in the USA. When using a PAL version of the DVD, digitally speeding up the album by 4.16% prior to starting fixes any problems with syncing.
Critics of this phenomenon have touted The Dark Side of the Moon and it’s alleged synchronicity with The Wizard of Oz as being the precursor to this find. But that’s just a load of poppycock.