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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
Excellent tribute to Jerry on what would have been his 70th birthday. Justin Kreutzmann, son of Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, has done a spectacular job putting this video together. Many of the players do not come from the Jam Band scene like you would expect, but each and every one of them does a stellar job of bringing something to Jerry's music.

Ironically I had just watched The Last Waltz before this movie, and the cinematography is strikingly similar. That speaks volumes for this movie since The Last Waltz is widely regarded as one of if not the best concert movie of all time. The camera angles, catching the performers as they are getting into the groove, and largely ignoring the audience are all great techniques that were employed here.

Much thanks and credit must go to Bob Weir for creating this dream studio called TRI. It was designed for digital broadcasting and recording so it was ready from the get go. Bob was also the master mind behind this gathering and served as the musical guru for the performances. Thanks Bob!

You'll be glad you bought this for your collection and repeated watching pleasure... I sure am!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit that I’m not into the Grateful Dead as much as many of my friends but I always liked their classic hits. I’ll leave to to get the “expert” opinion of some other reviewers but will try to give you some useful info on this Blu-ray disc. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Amazon groups all reviews of ALL formats of a video together. This is a review of the BD. Note on each review WHICH format the reviewer is commenting on.)

The concert is presented is HD and runs just over two hours. But you should know that it is not just music. There are interviews inserted throughout the program. The BONUS material includes another 6 songs (including “Friend of The Devil”, “Tennessee Jed” and “Ship of Fools”. which were not in the broadcast version. This alone, makes it a must for fans who saw the streamed version.

I hope this addition info and review was both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2013
A terrific concert film, with many of my favorite Garcia/Hunter tunes. Also a great assembly of indie musicians who came together to drink from the wellspring of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Members of Phish, Furthur, Black Crowes and others join in. Outstanding musicianship and great engineering from TRI studios, which streamed the concert live. My only regret is that the disk didn't include "Ripple", which would have been appropriate; but there are many other favorites, all played well, and with heart.

Bob Weir led the concert, with Phil Lesh and Donna Jean Godchaux joining in. Interviews with Bob Kreutzmann and Micky Hart rounded out the rest. Justin Kreutzmann directed, and discussed his introduction to directing through discussions with Jerry while on tour with his father and the Dead, and the ideas that led to the Grateful Dead movie.

This is also a warm look at Jerry the person, with interviews with Carolyn (Mountain Girl) Garcia and individual interviews with their kids, short clips of Jerry, and lots of photos. Rounding it out is a poem, authored by David Crosby.

I bought the blue ray edition, which has absolutely perfect sound in both stereo and surround.

Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday [Blu-ray]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
Great production. The whole film is really well done. Lots of interesting interviews and so much talent. Franklins tower, mission in the rain and terrapin station stand out. Top notch musicians really jamming and pumping new energy into dead classics. Make sure and watch the bonus performances. It's almost as good as being there. Not tacky or cheesy at all, a real honorable tribute to an amazing performer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2013
An absolutely beautiful tribute to Jerry! Jerry would have especially loved the young talent playing his material, the "passing the torch on" so to speak. Some of the renditions of these timeless songs were really quite touching and showcase what truly great songs these are. As I've said many times to non-Deadheads, this is material that will stand the test of time. The lyrics speak of basic human truths and touch us in our hearts. To hear so many fresh interpretations did my heart good and I know Jerry would be immensely happy to know that his spirit is alive and well. Kudos to Bob for putting together such a loving tribute!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
For any DeadHead, this was a fun event that was broadcast 2 days after what would have been Jerry's 70th Birthday. Truly inspiring seeing, young singer's collaborating with Bob Weir. The two best songs of the evening for me was the "Mission in the Rain" and the "Terrapin Station" and both are on this official release. The day after this show was rebroadcast on Sirius/XM and I hoped that it would be released as a CD set but it looks like they did one better with this DVD.
Oh and knowing that TRI is on the cutting edge of audio and visual broadcasting I anticipate that this will be impeccable
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
This is a fun and interesting concert film with some good interviews, but Deadheads beware! The list of stars of the film includes Bill Kreutzmann (who does not play at all, but contributes a couple good stories), Mickey Hart (who also does not play, but has one ~20 second comment), and Phil Lesh (who plays on one song only). I think that the listing of these folks as stars is disingenuous, and an obvious ploy to get Deadheads to part with their well-earned money. Having said that, I think that Bob Weir does a great job with the songs he is involved with, especially "Days Between," which he has really taken the time to make his own, despite the fact that it will always be a "Jerry song." I also enjoyed the interviews and a number of the cover songs are well done by the folks involved. It is nice to see the younger generation of performers who were raised on these songs do them justice. This is a good film that was almost ruined by bad marketing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2014
This would be a great addition to any grateful dead fan's collection! Very interesting interviews I haven't seen before. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 3, 2015
How to put this?
I fear the negative angel on my shoulder is winning so....

What the hell was that?

Let's start first with the cons:

1. Jerry Garcia Family LLC?
Can I go out on a limb here and say that LLC is all Deborah (No, she can't be that bad) koons' doing?
and while I, unfortunately, have Ms. Koons in mind: where was she during this film?
A film about her husband and she's nowhere to be seen? No reflection on Jerry she wants to impart?
Maybe I'm wrong about her intelligence--maybe she is smart enough to know she shouldn't show her face after all she's done after Jerry's been gone.
2. Phil, Mickey and Billy.
Apart from a token scene at the beginning with Phil on bass; why don't they play together in this 2 hour movie?
A weak interview with Billy (Justin's K's (the Director of this tribute) dad, no less), a scene from a few years ago of Mickey at an event honoring Jerry--couldn't they have a sit down and reminisce? I mean, this is for posterity for God's sake.
3. Donna jean.
Should have exited stage left - forever- after she and Keith left the band .
30 years on the road; all those different people who interacted with Jerry and how many people were interviewed to talk about it?
Carlos Santana--sounding head-up-his-ass as usual.
Jorma Kaukonen was at least coherent--poor Jack Casady looked barely there--who knows? he didn't say anything.
One of the guys from Los Lobos was a nice (short) touch.
It was nice to see Jerry's brother Tiff--would have liked to hear a lot more from him regarding his feelings towards his brother.
Surprised to see MG there; considering her relationship with Koons--didn't really say anything of any depth, but, Hell, at least she was there.
The most glaring absence, however, was the man who wrote the words to the majority of the tunes that Jerry sang--for close to 30 years.
A man who, along with Tiff, Phil, Billy, Bobby and Mickey, knew Jerry the longest.
Hunter.
My better angel, the less cynical of the two, tells me it's because he wanted nothing to do with a project that would benefit Deborah Koons in any way--good on him.
In reality, however, Koons probably banned him.
So, that leaves me with this:
Bobby, what the Hell were you thinking?

pros:
The musicians were really good at playing and singing the songs they selected--the guy who sang Terrapin was great.
They played note-for-note perfect--maybe that was the problem.

Finally. I'm stuck with with image of big Bill Walton standing in the back, pseudo-heads "dancing" in front of him; he had the look of a man at a funeral--now, maybe he was just sad because he was remembering how much he loved and missed Jerry;
Or maybe he was thinking " this just ain't right"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great tribute to what would have been Jerry's 70th birthday! Clear audio sound and good interviews. I would have liked to continue listening to some of the songs when they faded to the interviews, but as a tribute to a great man, this was a good film.
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