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The Grateful Dead - Downhill From Here (1997)

Grateful Dead , Jerry Garcia  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Monterey Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JXVL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grateful Dead - Downhill From Here" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes three songs never recorded live: "Built To Last," "West L.A. Fadeaway" and "Standing On The Moon."
  • Dead Trivia Quiz
  • Visible Lyrics Option

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

First Set
1. Let the Good Times Roll
2. Feel Like a Stranger
3. Built to Last
4. Me and My Uncle
5. Cumberland Blues
6. It's All Over Now
7. West. L.A. Fadeaway
8. Desolation Row
9. Deal

Second Set
1. China Cat Sunflower
2. I Know You Rider
3. Playing in the Band
4. Uncle John's Band
5. Standing on the Moon
6. Drums
7. The Wheel
8. Gimme Some Loving
9. Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
10. Not Fade Away
11. We Bid You Goodnight
12. Johnny B. Goode

Customer Reviews

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Live Video Available November 15, 1999
This is by far the best Grateful Dead I've ever seen - for many reasons: sound and video quality, performance, selections. . . But the most important aspect that puts this particular video above every other is the fact that it is pure performance video. Little or none of that dreamy, colorful overlay stuff that distorts the performances and, in IMHO, is overused on all other live GD recordings. This can be watched over and over. It's the Greatest!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta get down to the Cumberland Mine.... October 20, 1999
Well, whats to say of an amazing concert--recorded on video for future prosperity... and then digitally re-mastered and released on DVD. Aside from being mastered on video tape, the visual aspect is captivating. The audio is of extremely high quality, and the caliber of the show is top notch for that time period. The band is having fun, the crowd is having fun... and with the right preparation, you too can "be there!". I highly recommend anyone interested in an amazing band displaying its playing prowess to order this DVD. Oh, the only difference I noticed from my VHS to my DVD is that in the first set when they splice in the footage from the follwing night, they fade it down and make it absolutely clear that it is a different show--whereas in the VHS version, it is seamless and aside from Bob Weir's shirt change, one may well have not even noticed. Whoa, oh oh it's Magic!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best we've got February 1, 2000
Any Deadhead can quibble over song selection, and present a wish list of what might have been, but the unmistakable fact is, unless somebody opens up the video vault, this is the best (almost complete) live Dead performance we have. As another viewer correctly states, there are three songs from the last show substituted at the end of the first set, but I happen to find their presence very valuable. "Desolation Row" is a nice understated version, with chilling harmony from Jerry near the end, and I found the "West L.A." to be a fiery performance to rank near the best. My only quibble (well, a Deadhead has to quibble!) is not enought Primal Dead. "The Other One" would have been nice! Great stuff, though, and beautiful sound and camera work.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Example of 80's Dead July 10, 2006
By Poogy
First, let me get out of the way one reviewer's comment about how bad the video supposedly is. Rubbish. The reviewer needs a new DVD player. It looks just fine.

The music is about as good as any show from that period. You won't get golfballs from a walnut tree, and you won't get truly classic Dead from 1989. With some exceptions, the jams had gotten shorter, and the shows more formulaic. Everyone has his own preferred setlist, and mine happens not to include Let the Good Times Roll (ZZZZ) or Johnny B. Goode (many others do it better), but Garcia was fully capable of playing inspired music at that point and he does so here, in China Cat (goosebumps), for example, or The Wheel (lovely and ethereal). I loved seeing him beam beatifically at Brent, who gazes at him with the face of an adoring puppy, and launch into the kind of intricate, melodic run that only Garcia could do, with the most relaxed expression on his face. It's true that he looks twenty years older than he was -- that's what fifteen years of the Persian, Haagen-Dazs, and channeling the energy we all wanted from him will do, I suppose -- and it's sad, but he lived the life he wanted, and we were the beneficiaries.

It's a solid performance, with nuggets to amuse any fan, and a well-filmed production thankfully free of "trippy" gimmicks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the �China>Rider� alone. July 1, 2003
This is certainly one of the top 10 "China>Rider"'s the band ever played. Holding its own against many from the holy era of `72-'74. The intro. by Bob, Jerry and Brent is excellent and intricate. The camera angle is perfect, though brief, in capturing Weir's intro. and is proof of how great a guitarist he is. He is often too underrated, sometimes venomously. He delivers his "sun gonna shine" line powerfully. But this is trounced by latter day Jerry nailing his "headlight" line and wailing away through out. There is plenty of JEF (Jerry emotional factor) on this one and the whole show in general. The jam between the two songs has Jerry shredding and making spiraling spaghetti notes on his Tiger guitar and wrapping them around any and all within earshot. Brent is sonically painting away. Lesh is thumping all along but finally begins to emerge out front with a pulsing "Rider" gallop and is in the Zone. The Rhythm Devils are clearly in sync. "It" is happening.
The song choice is excellent and well played. Even the obligatory show opening "Let The Good Times Roll" is nicely played. Other highlights include a rare, for the year, "All Over Now" and an ever increasingly rare "Cumberland". The "Deal", actually from two nights later, has a heaping scoop of cherry Garcia. A "Playing>UJB" is always nice no matter how many times you've heard it. This leads to another emotive performance by Jerry playing an excellent "SOTM". By placing his ballad in pre-drums this allows the band to rock out of drums with a "Wheel>Gimme Some Lovin'>GDTRFB>NFA" trainload of good ol' Grateful Dead. Then the band stuns everyone and brings them to their knees with the first breakout of "We Bid You Good Night" since 12/31/78. `Nuff said. If you never saw the Grateful Dead and wish you had buy this DVD. If you can find the entire legendary three night run on CD get them too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed.
read good reviews and it met my expectations. have watched it several times. needed to add seven more words for my comments to be accepted....
Published 15 months ago by bk
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
just got this today. the price was right. couldn't resist. no regrets. the Deal on here just smokes! Read more
Published 18 months ago by robb sososikwitit
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry + Brent
I just love the chemistry between Brent and Jerry. Gives me goosebumps when I think about how much fun this show was!
Published on August 6, 2011 by Love Amazon Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
First I'm 19 so its not from a true deadhead stance...I have all dick's picks but I dont have any bootleg cassettes or anything like that obviously. Read more
Published on June 26, 2011 by CT
5.0 out of 5 stars Ypsi-kid
This was, both, one of my favorite shows and favorite memories. The good times were a rolling that night up in the Phil side beer garden. Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Steven Houle
5.0 out of 5 stars I Was There!
Haven't seen the video yet, but I know it's great because I was at those shows! Jerry rocks "Deal," among other tasty Dead tunes! Can't wait for it to arrive so I can see it!
Published on February 20, 2011 by T. Forkes
5.0 out of 5 stars I WAS THERE!
I went to Alpine in '88 and '89. In 1988, there was a drought, and it was about 95 degrees in Wisconsin. The next year it was about 60 and raining heavily. Read more
Published on November 8, 2010 by Allan Ostermann
A very pleasant surprise to see this excellent dvd. As a person who went to these shows, it is quite unique to see this on dvd. Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by mike childress
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastik show! Top to bottom
Great setlist, even better performance. Jerry in particular is spry and nimble. My favorite DVD and despite other good shows from the late 80's period, this one is without... Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by aspiring saint
5.0 out of 5 stars Best dead DVD!
My fave Grateful Dead DVD now out of print. arrived quickly and brande new and cost me less then a newly released DVD. Wonderful seller!
Published on April 26, 2010 by Garry Engelberg
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