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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and dirty
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...
Published on June 26 2004 by Gavin Wilson

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the remaster and extra songs 3 for packaging and price
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 (amazon.com ONLY) ....

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

the...
Published on June 12 2009 by Paul Shikata


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the remaster and extra songs 3 for packaging and price, June 12 2009
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Paul Shikata (toronto, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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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 (amazon.com 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.....(i believe you get that with the 2 disc version as well)

all packaged in this suede fringed box that contains another cardboard box inside that holds all the elements. i thought it impractical.

so you can decide. other reviewers on the web have noted that it is 'plenty classy' ......

obviously i wish that i could've had the choice to buy ONLY the dvds MINUS the 'trinkets' ..... for LESS.

i don't like being forced to pay for 'stuff'and'packaging' that i don't want, to get the 'stuff' i DO want .....

anyhow, i bit the bullet on this one because this STILL is one of the most important and best made documentaries EVER .....the camera work and editing are still a sight to behold ...... and i've been dying to see more concert footage ....

hope this helps.

it WAS great seeing that CCR footage for the first time !!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and dirty, June 26 2004
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Gavin Wilson - See all my reviews
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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.
For most of my life, Woodstock has been a set of static images, largely taken from the cover of the album. But as this film reveals, there is so much more imagery than pictures of beautiful women bathing in the lake. Quite apart from all the idealism of passing whisky bottles and reefers around, of sliding in the mud, the film shows the flip side: of people queuing in the mud to phone home, of helicopters rescuing the sick, of helpers cleaning toilets, and of barefoot stragglers looking for a pair of shoes amid a post-concert site that looks more of a wasteland than the trenches of the First World War.
Enjoy it in all its glory and all its grime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was there, April 14 2004
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular account of the event that deffined the era, July 30 2002
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"devilzclawz69" (New Jersey United States) - See all my reviews
No words can describe how wonderfully this film has captured the moment in the event which defined the Hippie Movement, which amazed the world by truley and fully living up to its catch phrase: "Three days of peace, love, and music", and which made those who did not attend wonder what they were thinking.
The music, first and foremost, is truley wonderful. Spectacular performances by CSN, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ten Years After, Richie Havens and so many more. I most especially enjoy watching Joe Cocker's rendition of "With A Little Help From My Friends". His voice and the energy which radiates from him as he performs is truley mesmerizing. And of course who could forget Jimi Hendrix famous performance where he tore up his guitar with his captivating version of the National Anthem. I also love Country Joe's performance of "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag". A wonderful performance, it truley captivates the peace and love of the event as, toward the end of the song he encourages the audience to stand and sing to end the war...and the majority of the 500,000 or so audience members stand and sing along.
But it's not just the music that make's this film wonderful. The film show's the organization of the event, the building of the stage etc... We meet the people who made the event possible. And when the people begin to enter the site without paying for tickets....and the producers realize how much money they've lost...they shrug it off and say that they don't mind because the event and the people loving eachother and sharing everything is such a beautiful thing...and that the money doesn't matter. Do producers of rock concerts (or producers of anything for that matter) ever say that money doesn't matter these days? It truley shows what a wonderful generation it was. The audience is beautiful as well, everyone being themselves, everyone having a good time and sharing the experience that was the last bang (and what a bang it was) for the Hippie Movement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woodstock '69 Blu-ray, June 20 2013
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It brought out so much more detail of the reality of how it was. This is a great way to slide into the atmosphere and re-live an era long past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Been there done that!, April 28 2013
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Barry (Keswick, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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I was there, from what i can remember the video is true to life so if you would like to know what life was about back in the
60's & part way into the 70's this is it,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peace & Music, Sept. 25 2012
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I'm glad Woodstock resurfaced after so many years. I use to have the LP and VHS, but think it disappeared with the Ex. It was a great era of peace & music of the largest and most peacful group ever to gather in one place. To bad this has not been repeated since ...

Great video!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inexcusable DVD transfer, Jan. 9 2002
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Kockenlocker "Thrusting Greatness" (Portland, Oregon United States) - See all my reviews
I have owned the director's cut of this on VHS for years and the VHS version is superb visually and the sound is excellent.
I bought the DVD so I could have chapter access to each performance. Indeed, the DVD does have that, but it is all for naught.
The picture on the DVD is vastly inferior to the VHS. Images that can be clearly seen on the VHS don't register many times at all on the DVD, i.e the outline and some features of a guy dancing are clearly visible on the VHS as they were on film in a theatre. On the DVD, you just see the outine of the figure with a hint of subtler visual attributes. The sound on the DVD is the worst I've heard on any release from a major company. I've seen and heard better on second-rate VHS's and DVD's from the likes of Laserdisc.
Boy, will I read those ratings on visual and sound quality from now on. The review on Amazon's "technical information" for this DVD is absoulutely correct.
I will never buy another DVD or VHS from Warner Bros without first renting and previewing it. So I still watch my 2-tape VHS of this landmark film of this one-time phenomenon.
The DVD is on one two-sided disc, which doesn't even break at the intermission, to rub salt in this inexcusable mangling from Warner Bros. First, they blew their initial Kubrick set and now this disgrace.
If you want this film on video, get in the well-done and tecnically superior VHS double tape. Incompent .... Jack Warner would have kicked who ever is responsible for this rip-off DVD most deservedly in the teeth...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awsome!, May 15 2004
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c.nikolaidis (newton, Ma usa) - See all my reviews
This documentary was brilliantly filmed. The split screen although not new to filming was a great was to show how much was going on at once. The music made my feet tap and my head bounce, it was great. It captured the mood and feelings of the young people of America trying to break through old ways. The first Woodsotck was the best most creative, spirtual, and nonviolent of all time. There will never be another repeat. I can watch it over and over and never get sick of seeing a culture changing infront of me!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff is clueless, Dec 31 2003
Hey, folks, don't give up on this DVD based on the review from New Jersey Jeff. If he really saw Woodstock when it came out, that means he was alive in 1969, but he sure wasn't aware of the music scene in those days. The blues ruled--look at the bands from the late 60's that were making waves--Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller, Big Brother, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, and so on. These were bands whose sounds had blues at the roots. Look at the first Grateful Dead album: "Good Morning Little School Girl" is as blues as you get. Cheap Thrills? My God, Turtle Blues? Ball and Chain? Jeff liked Joplin, but he didn't like blues from Canned Heat. Jeff, the director didn't add blues for modern viewers. Blues music informed almost everthing that was being played at the concert that summer! Listen to Joe Cocker. You don't think he added blues to "A Little Help from My Friends'? Listen to "Red House" if you don't think Hendrix played the blues.
If you want a documentary of the most important concert of the 60s, buy this. Then get "Gimme Shelter" to see how the Woodstock dream ended
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