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Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality.

2.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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In 1968, filmmaker Bob Levis led a rag-tag band of dreamers, drop outs and drug-happy darlings into the wilderness to make a movie and emerged months later with GOLD, a bizarre and beautiful journey into the mind and madness of the late 1960s - one overf

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The music itself is absolutely amazing (whether it be better known acts like MC5 or slightly more forgotten acts like Beastly Times) while Wild Eye has stuck a tremendous amount of additional features on this DVD. This means that two distinct audio commentaries are present here, whether it be with those that were actually present at the filming (director Bob Levis and lead Garry Goodrow) or those that were tremendously influenced by the film (Upright Citizens Brigade). A vintage interview with Levis further fills up this bonus section, while the trailers present are integral in understanding what facets of the film were touted as important during its original theatrical run. Aside from these strong features, the film itself is a little bit of a mess. The blending together of Hippie and Western elements seems to be a little hard to swallow, while the gratuitous sex scenes seem to further destroy any semblance of narrative that may be present. The absurd actions of the different characters in the film may be interesting, but I feel that I am missing some sort of subtext while watching this film, even with the additional benefit of these commentaries and interviews. The packaging of the film is without any complaint â I simply cannot complain there. I would suggest that viewers come into the feature with an opened mind and perhaps a few additional hours to fully tease out what is going on. --Neufutur Magazine

Forget about Easy Rider, Psych-Out, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. For an authentic dose of psychedelic sunshine, accept nothing less than the marvelously incoherent Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality. Connoisseurs of the weird, epicureans of the flesh, and archeologists of hippie lore will find infinite delights in this lost treasure from 1968. Others may see nothing but a trainload of naked freaks set loose in a forest where a handful of part-time television actors, dressed as politicians, discuss issues of public morality. The sex scenes, which run the gamut from innocent skinny-dipping to Calabanish group gropes in the mud, must have been the primary marketing lure of the film when it was finally released in London in 1972, but its more tingling pleasures are the anthropological images of hippies in their natural habitat set to hitherto unreleased music by artists that include the MC5 and David McWilliams. The screenplay which is mostly gibberish, has a few choice lines such as The kind of politician this town needs is a man who does nothing, which perfectly expresses the drop-out philosophy of non-action which might also extend to directors Bob Levis and Bill Desloge s non-involvement with dramatic sense and logic. Unlike the handful of other films that might be akin to Gold, such as Norman Mailer s Maidstone, Jim Morrison s Highway, and Robert Downey s Greaser s Palace, there is no guiding intelligence behind these amateur cameras. Not that it is all chaotic wonderment. Some sequences do have a hint of narrative ambition. At one point, the mayor is murdered after going nutso and running naked. Later, the ghost of this martyred nudist searches the town for a successor. What happens next, though, is anybody s guess, as the film spins out into spats of Guerilla Theater and topless dancing. The final reel is as close as American film has come to the freewheeling radicalism of Jean Luc Godard s Weekend. Had it been seen by anybody, perhaps the film might have brought about the death of cinema that Godard so desperately craved. --Seattle Post Globe

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Product Details

  • Actors: Del Close, Caroline Parr, Garry Goodrow, Sam Ridge
  • Directors: Bob Levis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00310PSUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality." on IMDb

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I don't usually write reviews of films since I realize that this is a very subjective medium especially of this genre. However, I had to review this if just to help other buyers from wasting their money. If only I had read the Amazon review as well as other buyer's reviews more carefully. I read them again and wondered...did I have a brain fart while ordering this? The Amazon review states..."Aside from these strong features, the film itself is a little bit of a mess". A little bit of a mess is a huge understatement! And what "strong features"?

First, I will tell you what this film is not; NOT....funny, interesting, historical, nostolgic, informative, well acted, well directed and produced, musically interesting, sexy, titallating, or erotic. I'm sure there is more adjectives I could come up with but I would rather not waste any more time referring to this film.

I will tell you what it IS though: A waste of money at any cost as well as your viewing time. Avoid!!!
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Gold is a hard title to label or categorize, but that doesn't mean that it's not a unique film. Viewers can expect a "bizarre and beautiful journey into the mind and madness of the late 1960s - one overflowing with fantasies of revolution, recreation and raunchy free love." The films soundtrack runs perfectly with the ridiculousness and features unreleased music from the MC5.

The only trouble is it's very easy to get lost in all of the craziness and lose the purpose or any form of plot elements. At some point during your first time watching you're going to be very confused and then wonder why there are so many naked girls. Gold is still a one-of-a-kind movie experience that should be commended for its return and ability to woe viewers.
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By Cass G on September 12, 2010
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The hippies are pissed off because "the man" makes them wear clothes and shower, and won't let them smoke dope, so "the man" puts a fence around the hippies to keep them away from the public, and the hippies break down the fence and go skinny dipping. Sounds great right? It's NOT, there is a good deal of hippie nudity, and the music is pretty good, but the acting, story, dialogue, direction, and editing, are all pitiful. I found the whole mess painfully boring, I wish I could go back in time and slap whoever is responsible for producing this heap of nonsensical garbage, or at least get my money and time I wasted on it back.
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Wacky hippy movie.

A little preachy, but good.
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