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  • Actors: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey, Joe Cocker, Country Joe McDonald
  • Directors: Michael Wadleigh
  • Producers: Bob Maurice, Dale Bell
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: June 9 2009
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,089 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Paul Shikata TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 12 2009
Format: DVD
i hate unnecessary trinkets and filler and the ONLY way to get the extra songs is to buy either this collector's edition, or the blu-ray. i even went a step further and bought from amazon.COM to get the FOURTH disc ( ONLY) ....

this fourth disc contains 3 extra songs (& 3 extra featurettes) NOT INCLUDED
in the standard box set.

the main feature is now split over 2 dual layered dvds (instead of a double sided, single layered disc - the previous dvd release)

the color and grain are much improved. the sound is great too, 5.1 for the extra songs disc as well .....

the standard extra songs are a delight, and one WISHES there were more ...
perhaps they're holding off for the 50th annivesary ???

while the 2 disc version (feature film only) is $19.99, THIS 3 disc version is $48.99 .....

what do you get for the extra 28.99 ????

3rd disc of extra songs (EXCELLENT)
a collection of 'featurettes' on the making of (ok, but still your classically 'bad' studio made filler-featurettes) a REAL doc, made in the spirit of the film would've been much more classier ....
a scaled down reprint of the LIFE magazine 'woodstock' issue (VERY NICE)
a 'woodstock' patch (I DON'T CARE)
an envelope with a few reprints of some of the original handwritten notes/announcements that were read over the PA and a reproduction of the 3-day ticket (I DON'T CARE)
a LUCITE display with images from the festival (I DON'T CARE)
i'll mention the 'featurette' on the bethel museum, but it's more like a pathetic COMMERCIAL for the place rather than something genuine that was made for THIS release.....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on June 26 2004
Format: DVD
Although I was a teenager soon after this concert, I somehow never got around to seeing the moving until this year. (I guess concert films don't get screened frequently on terrestrial TV.) So over the years I've become more familiar with the triple LP of the movie and, of course, the many posters the rock stars in heroic poses that dominated the early 1970s -- i.e. the Who's Roger Daltrey, Jimi Hendrix and Ten Years After's Alvin Lee.
Despite the mud and the squalor, this is an extraordinarily beautiful film, with the screen often breaking up into two or three segments. (Note on the closing credits the name of Martin Scorsese on the production team.)
It's well worth contrasting this movie with the DVD of the 1970 Isle of Wight festival. Only a year separates the two concerts, but the late 1960s idealism of Woodstock gets replaced by prototype British vandalism. The Who perform at both concerts, and make an equally good account of themselves. Daltrey's emotional delivery of 'See Me, Feel Me' helps to explain why 'Tommy' became such a phenomenon in America. Hendrix also performed at both, but his meandering solo at Woodstock was not of the highest standard.
The other highlight of the show was Santana, a Latino band only just beginning to establish themselves in California at the time. As others have noted, the drum solo by Mike Shrieve is impressive for one so young. As with the Who, Santana's album sales will have multiplied as a result of their Woodstock performance.
It's interesting how many great acts weren't at Woodstock -- e.g. Joni Mitchell (despite her song about the concert!), the Doors, Bob Dylan or the Stones. The first two clearly realised how important these festivals were in the breaking of artists into markets, and so they appear on the Isle of Wight DVD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donna Di Giacomo on April 14 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This isn't your run-of-the-mill concert video packed with edited performances. This is loaded with performances from the original (and, as far as I'm concerned, the ONLY) three-day festival of peace, love, and music. (...)it's loaded with interviews of kids coming into town for the festival, enjoying it, and leaving it (I felt really sorry for the cleanup crew). A lot of the time, it's a split screen so you'll find yourself using the rewind button quite often to catch anything you may have missed.
Interesting to find out that Woodstock was the second performance for Crosby, Stills, and Nash (in the days before Young). Ritchie Havens was out of sight, Jimi Hendrix far out, and Country Joe McDonald a blast. Rock and roll and folk music came together for a once-in-a-lifetime event that could never be duplicated (why did people botther trying?) and, truth be told, I'm deeply jealous of the people who were there.
The coolest part of all was when Max Yasgur, owner of the farm the festival was held on, got on stage and said that Woodstock was proof that young people could get together and have three days of peace, love, and music and nothing but three days of peace, love and music.
This video is a first hand glimpse into the turmoil that was the 1960's (e.g. older people arguing amongst themselves that the festival was wrong because the young kids were having sex and getting high while others thought it better that they were there instead of being in Viet Nam). You can feel the tension and the too cool atmosphere of the festival through the TV.
Ah, nothing like the 1960's. What a decade!
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