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The movie itself now weighs in at nearly four hours long, and is presumably the way director Michael Wadleigh wanted it in the first place. The transfer is definitely an upgrade, as is the soundtrack, which was originally recorded on 8-track tape under less-than-ideal conditions. (Using modern digital technology, audio engineer Eddie Kramer, who was hunkered down in what passed for a recording booth at the Woodstock site, has painstakingly restored the soundtrack--even bringing in some of the musicians to re-play their original parts, as on Santana's "Evil Ways," one of the previously unreleased bonus performances. Considering that the event is something of a sacred cow by now, this trick may strike some as blasphemous. Then again, this is hardly the first time that a live concert recording has been sweetened, re-recorded, or otherwise enhanced. In fact, it'd be hard to find one that wasn't. And the additions would have gone largely unnoticed if we hadn't been told about them.) In the end, though, there's only so much improvement possible, and Woodstock was never about technical brilliance anyway. Nor was it mostly about the music, either. Nor was it mostly about the music, either. There are some terrific performances, from acoustic numbers by Richie Havens and Crosby, Stills & Nash to powerful electric contributions from Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, and Joe Cocker. But the truth is that Monterey Pop, which happened two years earlier, was the more exciting concert, and of the several artists who appeared on both bills (including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Jefferson Airplane, and others), all of them made better music at the California festival. But Woodstock was always less a concert than an overall cultural happening, and Wadleigh and his crew, often employing an effective split-screen technique, do a superb job of corralling and conveying the remarkable atmosphere and spirit of it; you didn't have to be there to recognize that this was the zenith of the Age of Aquarius (it was also the twilight; with Altamont looming, things would never be this peaceful and idealistic again).
Of principal interest on the bonus discs will be two hours of additional musical performances, including both additional tunes by those who are in the main feature and appearances by five artists who for various reasons (ego, money, quality, time) never made it into the film at all; of the latter, Creedence Clearwater Revival is excellent, Paul Butterfield and Johnny Winter are good, Mountain is mediocre, and the Grateful Dead, with an interminable (38 minutes!) "Turn on Your Love Light," are awful. Meanwhile, "From Festival to Feature," a new, hour-long look at the making of the movie, is absorbing and minutely detailed. --Sam Graham
1969 was a year unlike any other. Man first set foot on the moon. The New York Mets won the World Series against all odds. And for three days in the rural town of Bethel, New York, half a million people experienced the single most defining moment of their generation; a concert unprecedented in scope and influence, a coming together of people from all walks of life with a single common goal: Peace and music. They called it Woodstock. One year later, a landmark Oscar®-winning documentary captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it. Newly remastered, the film features legendary performances by 17 best selling artists.
Stills from Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director's Cut
This is better than nothing for showing Woodstock, but pretty clipped from reading other reviews. I teach a high school music appreciation class and when talking about rock... Read morePublished 5 days ago by A. King
Awesome way to review a point in our "entertainment" history... :)Published 17 days ago by Rose-Marie Magee
My husband was very happy when I gave this to him as a gift. We're old school hippies so this really takes us back.Published 18 days ago by Nanaval
Mainly documentary and not enough music. Wish there was more music of this sound quality from the original Woodstock concert.Published 26 days ago by Norbert Ambenne
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|Woodstock Blu Ray Exclusives, worth it?||
Buy the blu ray from amazon.co.uk. It has ALL 6 of the extra performances and all 7 of the exclusive featurettes from Amazon and Target and comes in basic packaging. The blu ray is region free and plays just fine on US blu ray players. The picture quality is the same. It is currently only around... Read More
May 19, 2010 by litemakr | See all 14 posts
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This is what I read on another form.
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* "Technical Difficulties", the obstacles to a smoothly run festival posed by nature and... Read More
Jun 13, 2009 by A Fan | See all 54 posts
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I too am looking for the original version. The director's cut did add some unseen footage and is very nice to have. But in order to make room for some of that footage they deleted some of the footage that was originally included in the 1970 release of the film.
Jun 10, 2013 by Thunder Lizard | See all 2 posts
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It took me a second to figure it out, but the Amazon-exclusive content is on the second disc; it's a different Disc 2 than the regular version. (The wording was just sort of unfortunate; "Amazon-exclusive bonus disc" makes it sound like there should be a third disc somewhere, not that... Read More
Jun 9, 2009 by Jake | See all 12 posts
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No. Discs and lasers are different. DVDs WILL play on on blu-ray players, though (machines were made to play both).
May 19, 2010 by Albatross | See all 3 posts
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