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Don't get rid of your old copy of the DVD until you compare it side by side with the new one.
on February 21, 2014
When I heard that Sony would be releasing a new, fully restored and unedited version of the Allman Brothers Band's "Live At Great Woods" DVD I was absolutely thrilled about it, but upon picking up the actual disc and putting it into my DVD player my happiness was somewhat overshadowed by my disgust that Sony messed up once again. Don't get me wrong, the performance is fantastic (what there is of it), and the production is fine by 1991 video standards as is the audio, but where is the 5.1 surround sound mix that is available on the previous edition of this DVD, and why hasn't the video been re-mastered for HD? The aspect ratio of the video is still 4.3 and not wide screene. I feel that a lot more effort could've and should've been put into the re-release of this fantastic concert document of an amazing band at the top of their post classic era game. Sony completely dropped the ball with this one on the production end of things. So in closing, I urge you not to get rid of your old copy of the Allman Brothers Band "Live At Great Woods" DVD because the differences between the old and new editions are significant enough to justify keeping both versions, and even with the uninterrupted performances on the new edition, I think that the older release is slightly superior in overall quality. And finally, the original show introduction and ending with comments by Robbie Robertson are completely missing from the new DVD. Some people may not view this last as a great loss, but since it was part of the original program it should've made it on to this new edition. Revisionist history isn't my cup of tea at all, and this re-release suffers from it greatly. For example, get a load of the fake crowd noise that has been added at the beginning of most of the songs on the new edition, and how some of the brighter lighting looks slightly better on the older DVD. After reading this review should you even bother with this new DVD edition if you own the previous one? ABSOLUTELY! It's great to finally have the uninterrupted performances back as they were origionally presented on VHS and LD, but hang on to your original DVD for the 5.1 mix, the interviews and the suttle differences in the audio and video editing. Thanks for reading this review. I hope it was both helpful and informative to you as you ponder weather or not to buy this DVD. Good luck, take care and keep rockin'!