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2 ¼ hours of SOME of the “Woz”-funded festival. Just okay resolution and standard aspect ratio – but still fun to see and hear.
on December 5, 2013
I’ve already read the previous reviews posted here and hope I can add a bit of clarity to the situation – as I seem to be one of the few reviewers who wasn’t at the California concert in 1983. (With an estimated 670,000 people there, I can now see why so many reviewers commented on that.). But I’m on the East Coast and not a fan of huge festivals where you can’t hear the performers, let alone see them.
As another person pointed out, many of the performers who were at the Festival (which Steve Wozniak dished out $22 million to mount as a free event) had contracts that limited whether their performance could be recorded and, if so, how many songs were allowed. This was, of course, before iPhones, though there were camcorders and I’m guessing that there is some private video out there of the performances not on this DVD. If your favorite act is not here, I understand, but if it is, then you MIGHT consider it, but know what you are getting.
The DVD has 3 days of programs. Each one fills 44 minutes so it is obvious that this was originally meant for commercial TV or – most probably MTV. I say that because the performances are separated by comments from “Woz” as well as MTV DJ Mark Goodman. These interviews are more recent. At the end of each day’s program there are two sets of credits. The credits from 2003 are given but also a set from 2009, which may be when Goodman and Woz added their commentary. And now it is being released in 2013 by MVD.
The images are standard 4:3 resolution – not wide screen – which again gives the impression that this was for television viewing. And don’t expect Hi-def or hi-fi sound . For a guy who invented one of the first PCs, I was surprised at the low video resolution on this DVD. The bands vary in style and name. Berlin is here but since their hit from the “Top Gun” soundtrack went off the charts, there’s been little heard from them. And here is U2 EARLY in their career with Bono having a blonde streak in his hair. Maybe it’s me, but Stevie Nicks sounded way off-key in her two numbers.
No it’s not Woodstock or Live Aid or Monterey Pop but a few of these performances by lesser known bands are entertaining. And it’s not a $60. Box set. It’s 135 minutes of rock footage – with some commentary to put it in perspective – and I certainly enjoyed watching it once.
Don't wait - expecting a better version of this Festival. It took 30 years for this to come out so you either settle for this version or not. That's really the bottom line.
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