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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (The Criterion Collection) (1967)

Otis Redding , Jimi Hendrix , Chris Hegedus , D.A. Pennebaker  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald, Pete Townshend
  • Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
  • Producers: John Phillips, Alan Douglas, Frazer Pennebaker, Lou Adler
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JU7P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • DISC ONE:
  • "Monterey Pop" New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker
  • New 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS
  • New video interview with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker
  • Audio interviews with Festival producer John Phillips, Festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
  • Photo essay by photographer Elaine Mayes
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Orginal theatrical radio spots
  • Monterey Pop scrapbook
  • DISC TWO:
  • "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey" New high-definition digital transfers, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker
  • New 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS
  • Audio commentary on Jimi Plays Monterey by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray
  • Two audio commentaries on Shake! by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick: the first on Otis Redding's Monterey performance, song by song; the second on Redding before and after Monterey
  • Interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager from 1959 to 1967
  • Original theatrical trailer for Jimi Plays Monterey
  • Video excerpt: Pete Townshend on Monterey and Jimi Hendrix
  • DISC THREE:
  • "Monterey Pop -- The Outtake Performance" Two hours of performances not included in the original film

Editorial Reviews

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The Monterey International Pop Festival, the three-day event staged in 1967 that has become one of rock music's most famous and in some ways greatest concerts, gets the royal treatment with this three-disc boxed set.

Material on two of the three discs has already been widely available. Monterey Pop, D.A. Pennebaker's 79-minute, 1968 film, effectively sets the scene for the festival, which took place during the fabled "Summer of Love," when the hippie ethos was in its fullest flower, especially on the West Coast. And while not all the featured performances are thrilling, those that are--principally by the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and the amazing Ravi Shankar--are worth the price of admission, especially in the high-definition digital transfer and new 5.1 mix seen and heard here. The same can be said for Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey, which appear in the boxed set on a separate disc and provide a much fuller look at Hendrix's and Otis Redding's incendiary sets (literally, in the former case).

Those two discs are also loaded with bonus features, including audio commentary by Pennebaker, festival producer Lou Adler (on Monterey Pop), and author Peter Guralnick (Shake!); audio-only remarks by some of the performers; photos; trailers; and other material. There's also a substantial booklet, filled with essays and photos. But it's the third disc, "The Outtake Performances," comprising some two hours of music that didn't make the final film edit, that will be of most interest to many viewers. The disc supplies a taste of some of the artists who didn't appear in Monterey Pop at all (the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Quicksilver Messenger Service), and a more complete look at some who did (the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas). A nice addition to an already very impressive DVD collection. --Sam Graham

Product Description

DISC ONE: "Monterey Pop" New high-definition digitaltransfer, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker. New 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS. Audio commentary by Festival producer Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker. New video interview with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker. Audio interviews with Festival producer John Phillips, Festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby. Photo essay by photographer Elaine Mayes. Original theatrical trailer. Orginal theatrical radio spots. Monterey Pop scrapbook. Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition.

DISC TWO: "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey" New high-definition digital transfers, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker. New 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS. Audio commentary on Jimi Plays Monterey by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray. Two audio commentaries on Shake! by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick: the first on Otis Redding's Monterey performance, song by song; the second on Redding before and after Monterey. Interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager from 1959 to 1967. Original theatrical trailer for Jimi Plays Monterey. Video excerpt: Pete Townshend on Monterey and Jimi Hendrix. Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

DISC THREE: "Monterey Pop -- The Outtake Performance" Two hours of performances not included in the original film, from the following artists: Buffalo Springfield performing "For What It's Worth, " The Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Blues Project, The Byrds, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Country Joe and the Fish, The Electric Flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and The Who.

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350 of 355 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Summer of Love" revisited October 25, 2004
Format:DVD
This box set released by the Criterion Collection is one of the most impressive sets they've released to date. It contains the original "Monterey Pop" film plus three others "Jimi Plays at Monterey" "Shake! Otis at Monterey" and "Outtake Performances"

Disc one has the first film "Monterey Pop" which portrays the festival from construction to the festival's end.

It contains performances of (in sequence): "Combination of the Two" by Big Brother and the Holding Company, "San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie, "Creeque Alley" & "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Rollin' and Tumblin'" by Canned Heat, "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" By Simon and Garfunkel, "Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song)" by Hugh Masekela, "High Flyin' Bird" and "Today" by Jefferson Airplane, "Ball and Chain" by Big Brother and the Holding Company, "Paint it Black" by The Animals, "My Generation" by The Who, "Section 43" by Country Joe and the Fish, "Shake" and "I've Been Loving you too Long" by Otis Redding, "Wild Thing" by Jimi Hendrix, "Got a Feelin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, and "Raga Bhimpalasi" by Ravi Shankar.

Disc two contains the films, "Jimi Plays at Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey"

The Jimi Hendrix film contains performances of: "Can You See Me?", "Purple Haze", Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", Monterey", "Killing Floor", Foxy Lady", "Like a Rolling Stone", "Rock Me Baby", "Hey Joe", "The Wind Cries Mary" and "Wild Thing". At the end of the performance he sets his guitar on fire and smashes it.
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439 of 458 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential but not complete. Where's Janis? May 18, 2003
Format:DVD
I begrudgingly give this DVD boxed set five stars because this is a fantastic, albeit incomplete, document of the most important rock event in history. Everyone who considers themselves to be a rock fan should own this set. Having said that, the filmmaker's idea of "complete" is questionable in terms of the long-awaited outtakes disc, especially when you consider that he devoted five, count 'em five, outtake songs to Tiny Tim, and only one (??!!!) to Janis Joplin, who was considered "the star" of the festival as stated by Mama Cass in her commentary included in the package. (Not to mention Big Brother guitarist James Gurley, who received equal praise at Monterey as did Janis.)
This sad state of affairs is beyond explanation. Why wasn't Big Brother and the Holding Company accorded their entire set instead of one token song, which is "Combination of the Two?" There is very little footage of the singer that exists at all, anywhere. Knowing that there is an entire set of her landmark performance stored somewhere in a vault is maddening.
The Grateful Dead are also missing in action. Sadly, the liner notes in the package proclaim them to be one of the outstanding acts of the festival. Even if there was scant little footage captured, it could have been included. I'd much rather watch them than suffer through five ditties of Tiny Tim in the green room. Despite the peace and love vibe, you can imagine yourself if you were there, slapping him upside the head for being an annoying idiot.
Laura Nyro, who supposedly bombed at Monterey, is given two outtake songs, but it's interesting to discover that she was quite captivating.
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118 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory performances. January 7, 2007
Format:DVD
The film restoration work looks and sounds magnificent. Eddie Kramer gets extra congratulations on the 5.1 audio mix. That said, the 3rd disc is mainly in stereo only.

Karen's review below is a bit harsh. If you actually listen to the main film's commentary, you will understand why more footage isn't available: Not every second of 3 days of performances were captured. Concert films did not exist as a genre at this time (see the annoyingly choppy 'Festival!' documenting Newport), so this was new territory and the point of the film was to make a document that gave an overall feel for the event and time. Pennebaker and his crew had to decide which songs to film, which seems to have been predetermined by Dylan's buddy Bob Neuwirth who was more familiar with the scene than the filmmaker. They would turn on a red light on stage to signal to start filming the next song. At some times, they didn't have a plan and the camera men would shoot at their discretion, so some performances may have been captured by only 1 camera and therefore considered not presentable. Also, film reels would end during performances and need to be changed (approx every 20 minutes), hence footage missing from two of Jimi's songs.

Regarding the lack of more outtake footage:

1. Your precious Janis and Big Brother's new manager Albert Grossman didn't allow them to be filmed the first day, but finally they were asked to play again the next day because of the crowd reaction and the desire to get something on film. The whole set could exist but I doubt it. Grossman and his need for control is probably to blame, and it's no coincidence that Woodstock's filmmakers were also refused to use her footage in the original release. She only appears now in the directors cut.

2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good look back
Grainy, but great footage of an event many years ago, that still resonates.
My favorite piece is seeing Canned Heat with the great Larry Taylor on bass doing "Rolling and... Read more
Published 11 days ago by John McAlpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It.
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (The Criterion Collection) (1967) Extra footage of Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding. Love the whole dvd.
Published 1 month ago by John Larrabee
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing!!!
Other then Tiny Tim's waste of footage,this Festival was a joy to watch. My girlfriend who is only 39 can really appreciate it as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D.Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC OF A TIME LONG GONE!!!!
A MUST HAVE! I'M BACK IN 1967 WHEN I WATCH THIS...LOVE THE PERFORMANCES, THE CLOTHES, THE 60'S VIBE..A TIME LIKE NO OTHER IN MUSIC & FASHION.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CINZIA
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Woodstock but good
The filming of this movie is not very good quality. But there are some memorable scenes and there is music by some of the best hippie generation folk artists of the time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T-Whit
5.0 out of 5 stars I was there!!!!
Excellnt rockumentary-brought back a flood of memories-seems like yesterday in some ways and in other ways, was that really me?
Published 3 months ago by Gerard B. Kenselaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock On Forever!
Let's face it, there's not much one can say when it come to 60's rock 'n' roll except "Wow!". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Hosse
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall very good just missing a few bands
My husband was very pleased with this except that some of the things he knows we're there were not featured and he really wanted it all
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of a very special time and place
This is a visual record of those great groups of the '60's and what a special time it was for music and life.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ron Kasper
5.0 out of 5 stars PS: one of the two blu-ray boxes was broken...
'The' historical document for every real rock lover, one year before Woodstock! A must-have box, just amazing, and the best technical quality you can find today
Published 4 months ago by marc mainguet SMC
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