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This is "Rainbow Bridge" completely restored to its original, uncut 125-minute length from the only remaining 16mm print in existence. Nothing is missing! See Jimi Hendrix in concert backed by drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Billy Cox playing such mind-blowing musical milestones as "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," "Voodoo Chile," and others atop Hawaii's Haleakala Volcano. A mix of mysticism and music shot mostly at the Rainbow Bridge Occult Meditation Center on Maui, the 1971 film also includes interviews with Hendrix, who, through a psychedelic haze, talks about his life, beliefs, and, in what now seems prophetic, his death, which would occur only three months after the film was shot. 125 minutes.

Special Features

  • Includes 12 minutes of previously unreleased movie trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Amacker, Baron Bingen, Charlotte Blob, Jimmy Cameron
  • Directors: Chuck Wein
  • Writers: Charlie Bacis
  • Producers: Barry De Prendergast, Michael Jeffery
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7ER
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Bridge" on IMDb

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Albert Doyle on March 18, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
I'm a life-long Hendrix fan and collector. The movie is both one of the best live performances by Jimi Hendrix and worst film attempts rolled into one. Most collectors snip the entire story part and keep only the concert footage. Jimi's performance was full of rare energy and a strong Hawaiian vibe.

I am one of the few who enjoys and endures the 'plot' part only because I'm also a fan of the era. The movie is an acid-age attempt at free-flowing cinema. It didn't really work, but you can see what they were trying to do. That is why I agree with the commentor above who said it could have been a better movie with a little more effort. In any case the movie was made the year after Woodstock in a period of high times and high hopes. It's obvious they thought the energy and colors of the day would swoop this up into a cohesive, self-generated documentation of 60's aspirations. Well, Hendrix pulled off his end - the rest was some kind of attempt at free flowing free association that would capture a certain LSD-fueled magic. A new cosmic generation or metamorphosis into a higher race. What Jimi called "Sky Church". The result was a good shot of a crazy period in American culture - but also a bad attempt at a movie. A must for Hendrix fans anyway. With Jimi's death the whole psychedelic circus came crashing down. Its relics being some of the best guitar ever heard (here included).

On a trip to Maui I was lucky enough to visit the house in which the film was made on the scenic slopes above the north shore. The caretaker told us the field where the concert happened has now grown in with pines...

Edit: Just watch Jimi in this film and ask yourself if he is the forced victim some are saying.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. Epstein on February 17, 2004
Format: DVD
The reason that there is so much negativity toward this film is for the very understandable reason that its title is "Jimi Hendrix - Rainbow Bridge", and the DVD's cover is nothing but Jimi. It was a marketing tool when the picture first came out over 30 years ago, and Jimi is still being used to market the film. It's like all the folks who sat (and still sit) through "La Vallee" just to hear the Pink Floyd score. I guess it doesn't ever occur to them that the film was made for its own reasons and in order to bring the folks in, the filmmakers made sure there was a popular reason. I doubt that 99% of the people who rented this film would have rented it if the title or the cover didn't mention Hendrix. In fact, judging by the majority of the reviews here, I'm sure of it.!
As a 'Jimi Hendrix film' this film surely sucks. He's only in about fifteen or twenty minutes of it, it's not one of his best performances, and sadly he seems like he's well on his way to his ultimate fate.
However, if one rents this film for what it actually is; a documentary about hippies and other counterculture enthusiasts and malcontents, it's quite fascinating. The hippie community in Hawaii was even more 'far out' than that of those that were on the continent. It's a world that seems farther away from us today than that of the 1950s (considering how much our society has regressed politically and culturally, that's not so surprising). The film is very disjointed; don't look for any real narrative, but that's part of the scene: spontaneous, spaced out, and experimental. That's it in a nutshell. Jimi Hendrix is just the frosting on a VERY Alice B. Toklas brownie (for you kids, that's a brownie laced with hashish).
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Clary Antome on January 21, 2007
Format: DVD
Apparently most people who acquired this film expected a glorious tribute to the mythical Jimi Hendrix. Their disappointment is understandable. Although Hendrix is present in many ways throughout the film (his music forms the main soundtrack, plus there's some nice footage of his famous "volcano-concert", and finally he is shown speaking to two other characters for a few minutes about... whatever), he is not at all the protagonist/hero nor even the main topic. To use the words of one of the characters in the film, Hendrix is just another "vehicle" to spread "the message".
That this slight confusion makes people so upset in the end is rather surprising. Especially because Rainbow Bridge is actually a very valuable and even entertaining document of its time, in particular the subculture that turned Hendrix into an idol to begin with. Perhaps instead of expecting another "movie", with cliché plots and superficial characters, viewers should be prepared to watch a kind of documentary (you can't even tell where facts stop and fiction begins, just like when you listen to the president) following a group of well-intentioned hippies who try to deal with the contradictory and very disappointing reality around them by taking refuge in an incongruous but protective reality of their own. Why not? The late 60s and 70s were, after all, an excellent time in Western history for a few young people to freak out by ridiculing and rejecting the so-called rational society around them, that was (just like today) mainly concerned with (over)producing commodities, waging wars and sending funny objects (sometimes with a few hominids in them) into outer space. All in order to fight poverty and ensure that everybody could be free and happy, of course.
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