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  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Explicit Lyrics, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Release Date: April 25 2000
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305785309
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,113 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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For all but the most apathetic viewers, this concert souvenir is enjoyable in inverse proportion to familiarity with the real-life Woodstock '99 festival: the less you know about the hour-to-hour experiences of the audience and the event's violent denouement, the more you can enjoy the show. This 2½-hour summation, which offers one song each from 29 of the artists that appeared, can be viewed as a grab bag of funk, rock, hip-hop, and pop spanning several generations of performers, from show opener James Brown ("Sex Machine") to bad-boy rockers Limp Bizkit ("Show Me What You Got"), congregating under the would-be "brand" (as event promoters have baldly called it) first established on Yasgur's farm 30 years earlier.

The '99 edition, however, wasn't your father's Woodstock, despite the involvement of one of the original event's promoters. Moved to a decommissioned military airfield, cordoned by pricey concession and crafts stands, and designed to feed pay-per-view and cable TV (and, of course, the eventual home video version), Woodstock '99 seems far removed from the "peace, love, and music" mission of its namesake. Shooting on videotape, the production crew delivers a smoothly edited, crisply rendered concert with equally good audio resolution; if the team of directors occasionally cuts to the crowd, and to such mild (and mildly exploitative) provocations as topless female fans, dancing to the nonstop music, this is much less a cultural document than a straightforward concert video largely shorn of the drama. Given that the program's executive producers were the event's promoters, no one would reasonably expect them to 'fess up to deteriorating site sanitation or the eventual rape and riot that cast a dark shadow over the event.

With those indignities edited out, we're left with a lineup including G. Love & Special Sauce, Jamiroquai, Lit, Live, Sheryl Crow, DMX, the Offspring, Korn, Bush, Kid Rock, Everclear, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Everlast, Elvis Costello, Jewel, Megadeth, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among others. Even with some individually lackluster turns, the sheer length of the bill is impressive--and, unlike the real event, you can fast-forward through the occasional "feel-good" interludes that try to graft some semblance of community onto the event, or such musical low points as the "feel-bad" rap-rock of Insane Clown Posse ("F* the World," an utterly pointless exercise in obscenity).

Die-hard fans of the headliners will probably want to take a peek at the stronger performances, however. But parents should be forewarned that the title carries an advisory sticker for lyric contents and those clips of less inhibited fans. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: DVD
I read one of the review's on here for woodstock 99
and I'm sick of people writing review's and they don't
even know the difference between rock and pop.
First of all Limp Bizkit, Korn and Kid rock are not pop
bands they are rock and metal bands.Sure they are mainstream
bands but they are still rock and metal bands.It's obvious
that future woodstock concert's won't be the same as the first.
That was then this now and there is a whole new generation
of band's out there waiting to be heard. wether it'd be metal,
hard rock, blues, Jazz, rap/hip hop,alternative and etc.a big
concert like this has to please everybody.They are not putting
on a concert just for you it's for everybody.I've never been
to woodstock but even I know that not everybody listen's to
the same music.I love rock n roll, blues, heavy metal , alternative, rap and Jazz and if I were to attend woodstock
if there's a band I don't like playing I'll walk away from
the stage and wait to hear who's next.I wish people would
respect music even if they don't like it.The reviewer who I'm
talking about must be old because he or she only care's
about the first woodstock and doesn't appreciate any other
music.Like I said that was then this is now and well if you
don't like it well don't buy a ticket. Woodstock 99' was
an awesome event with alot of great new music and a whole
new generation of people.It's ok to remember the first
woodstock but now there will be more and better woodstock's
in the future.
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Format: DVD
I read one of the review's on here for woodstock 99
and I'm sick of people writing review's and they don't
even know the difference between rock and pop.
First of all Limp Bizkit, Korn and Kid rock are not pop
bands they are rock and metal bands.Sure they are mainstream
bands but they are still rock and metal bands.It's obvious
that future woodstock concert's won't be the same as the first.
That was then this now and there is a whole new generation
of band's out there waiting to be heard. wether it'd be metal,
hard rock, blues, Jazz, rap/hip hop,alternative and etc.a big
concert like this has to please everybody.They are not putting
on a concert just for you it's for everybody.I've never been
to woodstock but even I know that not everybody listen's to
the same music.I love rock n roll, blues, heavy metal , alternative, rap and Jazz and if I were to attend woodstock
if there's a band I don't like playing I'll walk away from
the stage and wait to hear who's next.I wish people would
respect music even if they don't like it.The reviewer who I'm
talking about must be old because he or she only care's
about the first woodstock and doesn't appreciate any other
music.Like I said that was then this is now and well if you
don't like it well don't buy a ticket. Woodstock 99' was
an awesome event with alot of great new music and a whole
new generation of people.It's ok to remember the first
woodstock but now there will be more and better woodstock's
in the future.
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By Spank Master 5000 on Nov. 22 2000
Format: DVD
I didn't go to Woodstock '99, so I really can't say whether or not this program gives the full effect of what went on. I can say that this DVD is a middle-of-the-road concert experience.
The performances themselves vary greatly in music style, and there seems to be little bit for everyone. The footage isn't of great quality, as this DVD has artifacting all over the place all the time (even on the menu screens). It's not really distracting that much, as the music is the main priority here. And that said, the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix leaves much to be desired. All they've done is put the performance in the front 3 speakers and shoved the crowd to the back - it could have been mixed MUCH better than that. Also of note is that the loading time on this disc is the slowest I have ever seen - expect at least a 5 second delay between menus and a 10 second delay on start-up.
If you're looking for a variety of musical styles and performances of the late 90's, this is a good choice if you can look past it's technical shortcomings. If you're only a fan of one or two of the artists, it's really not worth it. Everything on this disc screams mediocrity.
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Format: DVD
I dock this DVD one star only because I wanted it to be longer. Boasting some of the best-mixed live music I have ever heard with a brilliant video transfer, the WOODSTOCK '99 DVD is a must-have for any modern music aficionado. Crank this up on a powerful Dolby Digital sound system, and you'll find little reason to hassle with attending a live concert again (especially if you are "of a certain age").
The quality of the musical acts is much more even than those found in the original '69 Woodstock documentary (which, let's face it, had some pretty low lowpoints). I would give special marks to G. Love and Special Sauce, Jamiroquai, Lit, Sheryl Crow, Korn, Bush, Metallica, and Megadeth; these really sound great. The big band sound mix for James Brown and for the Brian Setzer Orchestra is perfect. Disappointments are few and far between: DMX and Kid Rock offer little, and the bloated Elvis Costello, with his unsteady, de-edged voice and all-thumbs guitar technique, isn't even a shadow of his former great self.
This kind of material is what the voluminous DVD format is meant for. It's too bad the producers didn't see fit to fill up both layers of both sides of the disk. Also, this would have been great for multi-angle viewing, another missed opportunity.
The "cultural" material between the acts consists mostly of topless women. I'll register no complaints about that, but I wish there had been more interviews similar to those which made the original '69 documentary so great. The DVD includes "supplemental material," but is is of little consequence. This is a disc you buy for the music.
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