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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For the price this is a pretty good show. lots of great bands and the video and sound are great.Published on Sept. 12 2011 by Hman
A woodstock festival with acts such as Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Korn, Offspring and countless other degenerate pop groups (yes, they are POP groups), can no longer be called a... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002
The Main reason this is not a 5 stars DVD is because of the musics that were selected on this release.It's a shame and it seems that they just picked it out randomly. Read morePublished on July 19 2001 by Joao Santos
I saw the show live, and enjoyed it very much. The DVD leaves out the highlites, in my opinion. And where is Willie Nelson? Read morePublished on July 16 2000 by DAVID GRIFFIN
The video captures the music part of it. Unfortunatly all people are talking about is the late sunday afternoon. Read morePublished on March 29 2000 by Woodsy
I feel pretty sorry for all you people that paid to be part of this sham. That airforce base should have burned to the ground and taken you all with it! Limp Biskit? Read morePublished on March 24 2000
I paid, I went, I saw, I experienced. Unfortunately this production of the event doesn't come close to the experience of 3 days of 250 thousand people united in one purpose. Read morePublished on March 10 2000 by jingle bell dogs
Everyone badmouthing this tape b/c it is a far cry from the original Woodstock should have known what they were getting into before they purchased it. Read morePublished on March 10 2000 by Deez Enyoutee's