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Grateful Dead: All the Years Combine: The DVD Collection (14-DVD Box Set) (2012)

Grateful Dead , Various  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Grateful Dead
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory!
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 2280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00772M2Y6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Shout! Factory celebrates Grateful Dead with the release of the 14-DVD box set All The Years Combine: The DVD Collection, which contains nearly 38 hours of concert
performances from the '70s to the '90s. Contains all bonus features from previous releases, the DVD debut of So Far, and an exclusive disc containing five previously unreleased Dead performances,the 1992 documentary Backstage Pass, and a new interview with Dead archivist David Lemieux. Also includes a 40 page book with rare photos and detailed essay and notes by Dead expert Blair Jackson.

The Grateful Dead Movie (2-DVD) (Theatrical film, originally released in 1977)

The Closing Of Winterland (2-DVD) (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1978)

Dead Ahead (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, October 1980)

So Far (Originally released on VHS and laser disc in 1987 first time on DVD!)

Ticket To New Year's*(Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, December 31, 1987)

Truckin' Up To Buffalo (Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, on July 4, 1989)

Downhill From Here (Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, July 17, 1989)

View From The Vault (Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990)

View From The Vault II (RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 14, 1991)

View From The Vault III (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, June 16, 1990)

View From The Vault IV (Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 24, 1987, and Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, July 26, 1987)

Bonus Disc:
Wrapping up the box set is an exclusive bonus disc containing five previously unreleased and never before seen live performances from 1987-1991, sourced from the Grateful Dead archive, as well as Backstage Pass, the 1992 documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and a brand-new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.

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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be best music DVD box set ever! April 23, 2012
Format:DVD
This is the most amazing box set to come out on DVD in the history of music! I know how that sounds but I can not believe what you get for the Price. Except for two of the Discs I already owned everything else in the box and I still think it's great. P,us at this price if i had bought the two discs on their own it would come to almost the same amount. For those of you who were ticked off that very little of this box set was still avalible on their own you get it all at a greatly reduced price. I paid almost $40 for the Winterland DVD and close to $50 for the DVD of the Grateful Dead movie. Even the vault series discs were expensive when they came out. This is what you get:

The Grateful Dead movie which was originally released in theaters. This was shot on film so it looks great. The audio improvements are nothing short of incredible.

Closing Of Winterland which was originally a TV broadcast. Again amazing sound. Nice mix. Three sets of music plus the Blues Brothers to boot.

Dead Ahead while not my favorite of their DVD's it does have a great acoustic set at the beginning. It's also shot at Radio City in New York

So Far: this is the first time this has been out on DVD. I have had the video for years. Good set list. Songs are done part live in studio and the all of a sudden it's live in front of an audience. You have to watch to see what I am talking about. It's like a visual of a lot of live albums. Where they splice different sections of the same song from different performances to try and make a stronger track. That's what they have done here but they are not hiding it.

Ticket To New Years: Television broadcast of a new years eve show in Oakland. Great set but a little shorter then their other shows.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a gorgeous set that combines basically all the previously released DVDs in to one giant box set for a disgustingly low price. You get all the bonus material fully intact from the original DVD releases, a full disc of new bonus stuff, and So Far for the first time on DVD. The bottom line here is that many of these DVDs have been out of print for years --- copies have been hard to find and often pricey. I think if you get this box set along with Crimson, White, & Indigo and Rocking The Cradle you've got 99% of their entire official video catalog.

Why don't they release more stuff on blu-ray?
People keep asking this question over and over. Most of the footage they have of the band was shot in lower quality / lower resolution analog tape as opposed to a higher resolution film or digital video (which didn't exist yet). The Grateful Dead Movie was shot on a high quality film stock converted to high definiton and it was shot in a full wide screen format. That's exactly why it deserved and got the blu-ray treatment. The rest of this material like the Closing of Winterland or even the 1989-91 stuff was all recorded and mastered to analog tape of some sort. It simply wouldn't benefit that much from a conversion to an HD format. It has the old 4:3 aspect ratio and the original 480 resolution, it just isn't that great to begin with. It's like watching an old episode of The Cosby Show on an HD channel -- yeah it might look a little better but it's not going to make much of a difference.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Have Risen! April 19, 2012
By Kwyjibo
Format:DVD
Dead Heads, this is the box set we've been waiting for. Some of the best Grateful Dead concert films ever are included in this set, but the real treat is the bonus disc with unreleased concert films. This collection is essential for every true Dead Head.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More like "All the Bonuses Combined" April 19, 2012
Format:DVD
I grabbed this set and immediately popped in the bonus discs. I'm incredibly impressed, to say the least, with the amount of new material on this set that I haven't seen before. Sure, I own most of the other films/concerts already, but the good stuff exclusive to this set was well worth my purchase.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for someone who's late to the party... July 15, 2012
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I've always had a healthy respect for Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, but I'm one of the people that was born in the 1960's and came to know them by way of their brief appearance in the Billboard Top 100 with "Touch of Grey" (and to a lesser extent "Hell In a Bucket") and the subsequent MTV video featuring the dancing skeleton puppets. Their brief rennaissance, which began in 1987 and fizzled by 1992 (after which time Jerry turned his attention to his acoustic side projects with David Grisman-a large percentage of which were released posthumously) left many of us wanting more but not really knowing where to look. I DID listen to the nationally syndicated radio show "The Grateful Dead Hour" at one point, but this stopped airing in Chicago some time ago and is only available as a webcast I believe.

My generation are much more familiar with Phish,which zoomed in to fill the void after Jerry Garcia's death in 1995, as well as other jam bands such as String Cheese Incident, Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, and a number of others who took the same improvisational music approach and moved it in different directions.

At any rate, it's taken me about 2-3 years to study/revisit their catalog, during which time I've picked up a variety of the "Dick's Picks" series, the three "Vault" releases, two of the "Road Trips" series, some "Pure Jerry" titles, all of the Garcia/Grisman releases, the Old & In the Way bluegrass titles, the Merl Saunders/Jerry Garcia Keystone recordings, a greatest hits compilation, some free mp3 downloads from the group's own website and various other live discs made available by Arista. I've also read "Dark Star", "Garcia: An American Life", "Garcia: A Signpost To New Space", "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics" and "Dead Letters".
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to Love?
Most of the Dead's published vid. On sale for about a hundred bucks. What's not to
Love?
Published 2 months ago by Marvin Sleeper
5.0 out of 5 stars my daughter loved this!
Being a follower of The Dead back in the Day, my daughter loved this!
Published 3 months ago by Linda Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Good. But why not great?
For newcomers to the wonderful world of the Dead, this is undoubtedly a must-have. Extremely comprehensive, nicely enough packaged (no frills though) and reasonably priced. Read more
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Very high quality dvds of the concerts that have been released over the years. Excellent storage box and I'm glad I added it to my collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Grateful Dead
What can I say - if you are reading this you know you are getting hours of grate music and 80's/90's quality video (not exactly HD!). Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jon Whittington
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Great! It will keep me busy this winter or until spring.
All the stuff in one set. Buy it now!
Published 9 months ago by Steve Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
Bought this as a gift for my son-in-law, the biggest Dead Head on the planet. I knew he already had about every GD CD and video available, so I was apprehensive about how this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gardenia 15
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful collection!
My wife and I are new to the Grateful Dead. For Christmas I thought it would be a nice gift for both of us. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cameron Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crab what a great box set!
I have had countless hours of entertainment from these DVDs. Whether alone and jamming by myself or playing in the background at a party, theses concerts are priceless. Read more
Published 10 months ago by denverhustle
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