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Woodstock '99 (Full Screen)

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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


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty Nov. 29 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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 woodstock festival. The title of this DVD should be 'Woodstock: 3 days of mosh pits, molestation, and useless expendable garbage that some call music.' Half the crowd at this piece of corporate filth consisted of white, beer-guzzling jock college students, ravers, and teeny boppers just PRAYING that by some miracle the Backstreet Boys show up. And of course, thrown in the mix were old hippies who went to the first woodstock. God, that must have been like a 3 day acid trip from hell. So to sum up, dear reader, woodstock '99 showcased all of the reasons why music can never again be what it was in the age of woodstock '69. This was the woodstock for the MTV generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Future woodstock's will be better than the first Jan. 23 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Future woodstock's will be better than the first Jan. 23 2003
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Average 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show
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
4.0 out of 5 stars I Wish I Could Turn Back Time
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 more
Published on July 19 2001 by Joao Santos
1.0 out of 5 stars great show, terrible coverage
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 more
Published on July 16 2000 by DAVID GRIFFIN
4.0 out of 5 stars Many great performances; superb audio and video
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... Read more
Published on June 14 2000 by E. Uthman
3.0 out of 5 stars You should of Been there!
The video captures the music part of it. Unfortunatly all people are talking about is the late sunday afternoon. Read more
Published on March 29 2000 by Woodsy
1.0 out of 5 stars I laugh at you!
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 more
Published on March 24 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars 2% Of The Real Woodstock 99
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 more
Published on March 10 2000 by Doogie the Audio Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Peace and Love...But Still Worth The Look
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 more
Published on March 10 2000 by Deez Enyoutee's
3.0 out of 5 stars 50% good 50% sucked!
Okay, Woodstock is supposed to be about peace love and unity. This video proves "peace love and unity" as "hate gangs and destroying". Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2000 by "p-nut_311"
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