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Monterey Pop (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (Single Disc) (2009)

Otis Redding , Jimi Hendrix , D.A. Pennebaker  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe McDonald, Eric Burdon
  • Directors: D.A. Pennebaker
  • Producers: John Phillips, Lou Adler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002E01M88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monterey Pop (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (Single Disc)" on IMDb

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On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade's spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic verite style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Hendrix burning his.

Special Features:
  • Two Hours of Outtake Performances
  • High-Definition Digital Transfer
  • Soundtrack - 5.1 Mix by Legendary Recording Engineer Eddie Kramer
  • Audio Commentary by Pennebaker
  • Video Interview with Adler and Pennebaker
  • Audio Interviews with John Phillips, Derek Taylor, Cass Elliot and David Crosby
  • Photo Essay by Photographer Elaine Mayes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer and Radio Spots
  • Monterey Pop Festival Scrapbook
  • Essays by Critics Armond White, Michael Lydon, and Barney Hoskyns

Stills from Monterey Pop Festival (Click for larger image)

A special message from Lou Adler, an original promoter/producer for the Monterey International Pop Festival:

It was the first major Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival. No prerequisite…no precedents. We had no idea what to expect. The question of would people come was answered by mid-week prior to the start of the festival. They came and kept on coming. A major surprise was the extent of mainstream media coverage. When John Phillips and I arrived at the fairgrounds on the morning of the first day there were camera crews, photographers and journalists from all over the world. Add to that the advent of FM radio; and the following year Rolling Stone Magazine…Rock ‘n’ Roll was here to stay. Monterey gave birth to the first rock charity Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation, which continues to fund worthwhile causes in the names of the artists who appeared at Monterey. Precedents and prerequisites would be set for future concerts and festivals, including the overall treatment of the artist…Derek Taylor’s handling of the press…Chip Monks’ sound and lights…Pennebaker’s groundbreaking movie “Monterey Pop. The true legacy of The Monterey International Pop Festival is not the crowd size…not the weather…not a violent incident…it is the music. The groundbreaking artists who were introduced (Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who) and the “rock royalty” (Simon & Garfunkel, Otis Redding and The Mamas & The Papas) that performed there continue to be revered and continue to impact to this day the music and musicians who came after it happened in Monterey on June 16, 17, and 18, 1967.

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5.0 out of 5 stars snapshot of an interesting time February 4, 2010
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It was fun to see something I remember, although I wasn't there. It was a glimps of a time in which I did attend many similar events but perhaps without the access that these film makers had. Enjoyed the film and music. Didn't include the negative elements that were in the press about some of these musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monterey Pop Festival on Blue Ray June 6, 2014
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It is excellent. A perfect remake. I would recommend it to anyone. Packaging was in excellent condition too. Sincerely Rick
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5.0 out of 5 stars This should be a multi-disc set April 13, 2013
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This collection ends way too soon. This was what the the era started doing only to end at Woodstock. We went from 'groovy" to " "far-out" in the meantime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Groovy! January 26, 2013
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I took one look at my wife and said 'did we REALLY dress and talk like that?' It was fun, but believe it or not, one of the main reasons I bought it was Ravi Shankar's masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks November 25, 2012
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I would have wished a better mix of music but it was a fun stroll down memory lane for me and my old geezer friends
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