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On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forwardcapturing a decades spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast including Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, The Who, The Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D.A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing those moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar; Jimi Hendrix burning his. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive document of the Monterey International Pop Festival ever produced, featuring all three films of the FestivalMonterey Pop, Jimi Plays Monterey, and Shake! Otis at Montereyalong with nearly every complete performance filmed by Pennebaker and his crew.
The Monterey International Pop Festival, the three-day event staged in 1967 that has become one of rock music's most famous and in some ways greatest concerts, gets the royal treatment with this three-disc boxed set.
Material on two of the three discs has already been widely available. Monterey Pop, D.A. Pennebaker's 79-minute, 1968 film, effectively sets the scene for the festival, which took place during the fabled "Summer of Love," when the hippie ethos was in its fullest flower, especially on the West Coast. And while not all the featured performances are thrilling, those that are--principally by the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and the amazing Ravi Shankar--are worth the price of admission, especially in the high-definition digital transfer and new 5.1 mix seen and heard here. The same can be said for Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey, which appear in the boxed set on a separate disc and provide a much fuller look at Hendrix's and Otis Redding's incendiary sets (literally, in the former case).
Those two discs are also loaded with bonus features, including audio commentary by Pennebaker, festival producer Lou Adler (on Monterey Pop), and author Peter Guralnick (Shake!); audio-only remarks by some of the performers; photos; trailers; and other material. There's also a substantial booklet, filled with essays and photos. But it's the third disc, "The Outtake Performances," comprising some two hours of music that didn't make the final film edit, that will be of most interest to many viewers. The disc supplies a taste of some of the artists who didn't appear in Monterey Pop at all (the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Quicksilver Messenger Service), and a more complete look at some who did (the Who, Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas). A nice addition to an already very impressive DVD collection. --Sam Graham
Amazing box set even if some of the video is not high quality. Great to see all the performances not included in the movie! Good sound quality considering the year it was made.Published 3 months ago by Tom Jeffers
Thouroughly enjoyed the visit back into the past. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix all look so young. The Canned Heat looking so young and unpolished, looked like they had just formed... Read morePublished on June 20 2013 by Francis Pallier
bought this as a gift for someone, he has always wanted this. great music, great artists. this festival was before WoodstockPublished on Jan. 20 2013 by Ann Marie Leis
Sound quality is great but I didn't really get the wow factor for the money spent. That being said I enjoyed watching the very youthful musicians in their element just making music... Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2011 by Amazon Customer
I just recently bought this Blu-Ray and I have to say that the remastered picture and sound is fabulous, well worth the $$$. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2009 by J. Bird
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival 3-DVD set is wonderful! It's well worth the money. Don't be put off by the negative comments on some of the reviews you'll read... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2009 by Geraldine Bucsis
It is an interesting fact that Michael Bloomfield was the best guitar player to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by John Abraytis
The Complete Monterey Pop Festival DVD box set is incredible, essential, magnificent and historic. The audio and video quality is as good as can be expected, considering the... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Mad Dog
Given the large number of great bands and performers at the festival, many reviewers have speculated about why some footage was included and some bands entirely skipped over. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003