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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JXVL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,151 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

West LA Fadeaway, Let The Good Times Roll, Feel Like A Stranger, Gimme Some Lovin, We Bid You Goodnight.
Amazon Customer
Once you've seen the Dead enough times the recordings are awesome because you can extrapolate what it really sounded like.
Mr Pragmatic
This video does an excellent job capturing the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead at Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI.
Ryan Furer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Voisine on November 15, 1999
Format: DVD
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 By Dave Bucholtz (desdave@aol.com) on October 20, 1999
Format: DVD
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 By Mark Coffey on February 1, 2000
Format: DVD
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 By Poogy on July 10, 2006
Format: DVD
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jay on October 27, 2006
Format: DVD
There are two aspects to discuss here, sound quality and video quality, both of which are just adequate, not great. Ignor all comments you will read below in the other reviews about this disc having great video and sound quality. Not true. The video is, in fact, blurry especially in the low light conditions of the second set. Pay close attention during China Cat/Rider, for example, and look at the full area of the picture frame, particularly to the sides and in the background. It is fuzzy and ill defined. This degraded resolution exists throughout the second set. The first set is better due to its being earlier in the afternoon with more daylight. The second set is at night and the resolution is blotchy. Do not worry too much about this poor video aspect of the disc, and do not avoid purchasing the DVD because of this one factor, just be aware that the video quality is merely adequate. It still picks up all of the great interaction between the players and you will soon adjust to it.

The second aspect is the sound quality which is good (for stereo) but not great. It does not compare well, for example, to the phenomenal sound quality of the 5.1 Dolby surround sound of the 2005 DVD Truckin to Buffalo featuring another 1989 concert. If you have a modern surround system capable of handling house shaking high volume output of the 5.1 digital track of the thunder sound effects during Looks Like Rain on the Buffalo DVD, you will at first be disappointed with this Alpine Valley disc. Again, do not be overly put off by this comment. This is a stereo recording remastered in 1999 and you still can get decent and enjoyable results from using the synthesized surround features of your system.
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