Woodstock - 3 Days of Peace & Music (The Director's Cut)
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3 days. 3-million people. And memories to last a lifetime.Year: 1970Director: Michael WadleighStarring: Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, The Who, Crosby, Stills & Nash, much more
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotalevent of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD.
The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, midconcert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music--a nonstop parade of rock & roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there--it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. --Jeff Shannon
- Note: Aspect Ratio varies from 1.33:1 to 2.35:1 throughout the film to preserve the aspect ratios of the original theatrical exhibition
- 40 minutes of previously unseen footage has been incorporated into the film by director Michael Wadliegh
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Review Update: April 26, 2014
According to the insert in the case it has the following exclusive content to this Blu-Ray edition.
Woodstock Untold Stories:
Canned Heat: Woodstock Boogie
The Who: Sparks
Jimi Hendrix: Spanish Castle Magic
Reflections of an Era
A farm in Bethel
Review Update: April 28, 2014
On a personal note: I don't remember the first time I saw the film. I either saw it on HBO at the early hours of the morning or it was on my local PBS station with all the naughty parts cut out. Either way Peace and Love to you all :)
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