Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, 40th Anniversary Edition (The Director's Cut)

Directed By: Michael Wadleigh

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Woodstock is just history

by Ron on 2/23/2014

The copy of this great event is very good and it has more added scenes of this historic event I had the regular DVD of this documentary, but this copy is an enhanced version and I really enjoyed. It was great to see finally to Gerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and others, which I did not see in the original version.

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Alfred Music Publishing is the world's largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational reference pop and performance materials for teachers students professionals and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument style and difficulty level. 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 in rock n 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 in an era when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time.This two DVD set celebrating the 40th anniversary of the event features a new four hour remastered director s cut and over 3 hours of extras including: A Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock documentary 18 performances by 13 acts that never appeared in any version of the film and interviews of the sights and sounds of the three-day event.


Studio Warner
SKU 210882205
UPC 085391176756
UPC 14 00085391176756
Format DVD
Release Date 11/8/2011
Rock And Roll
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Editors Note
Note Michael Wadleigh's WOODSTOCK: THREE DAYS OF PEACE & MUSIC finds the best rock stars of the 1960s performing at the historic Woodstock Music and Art Fair, the most celebrated rock concert of all time. Shot over the course of three days in August 1969, the film conveys the unique spirit of the once-in-a-lifetime, communal event, and in turn, captures the mood of an entire era. Amazingly volatile, electrifying performances are included by such timeless artists as Richie Havens; Joan Baez; The Who; Sha Na Na; Joe Cocker; Country Joe and The Fish; Arlo Guthrie; Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ten Years After; Santana; Sly and the Family Stone; Jimi Hendrix; Canned Heat; John Sebastian; Jefferson Airplane; and Janis Joplin. In addition to the music, the film's historical relevance is what makes it such an important time capsule, thrillingly eternalizing the legendary event for generations to come.^This digitally remastered, widescreen director's cut of the Academy Award-winning documentary features 40 minutes of footage not included in the original film, and was released in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the legendary music festival.
Sight and Sound "...It is memorable, and it is moving..." 09/01/1994 p.55
USA Today "...Michael Wadleigh's Oscar-winning documentary remains the most enduring movie of a very great movie year..." 08/12/1994 p.3D
Rolling Stone 5 stars out of 5 -- "Mirroring the festival's communal sprawl, Michael Wadleigh's 224-minute director's cut flows like a monumental rock symphony." 07/09/2009
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "There is much euphoria and jubilation on offer -- and sundry musical delights..." 07/06/2009
Michael Wadleigh
Cast & Crew
Arlo Guthrie - Star
Jerry Garcia - Star
Jimi Hendrix - Star
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Star
Joe Cocker - Star
Richie Havens - Star
Stills & Nash Crosby - Star
Joan Baez - Star
Jefferson Airplane - Star
Canned Heat - Star
The Who - Star
Don Lenzer - Cinematographer
Stanley Warnow - Editor
Joni Mitchell - Music
Bob Maurice - Producer
Michael Wadleigh - Cinematographer
Al Wertheimer - Cinematographer
Yeu-Bun Yee - Editor
Martin Scorsese - Editor
Michael Wadleigh - Editor
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor
Canned Heat - Music
David Myers - Cinematographer
Jere Huggins - Editor
Richard Pearce - Cinematographer
Michael Wadleigh - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1970
Catalog ID 1000026403
UPC 00085391176756
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 225 minutes
Color Color
Oscar (1971) Bob Maurice, Winner, Best Documentary, Features,Dan Wallin, L.A. Johnson, Nominee, Best Sound,Thelma Schoonmaker, Nominee, Best Film Editing
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review Woodstock. The very word has come to represent many things - hippies, the late sixties, festivals, music, peace, drugs, Star-Spangled Banner, the list is endless. The youthful 'Woodstock' generation garnered much criticism in the eighties when they grew up to become the thirtysomething generation of cut-throat yuppies, which seemed to ultimately ridicule everything the hippies stood for. However, watching Woodstock, with its free love, drugs and music, it's hard to detect any potential conservative capitalists...It's difficult to expertly conjure up the experience of Woodstock to those that have never witnessed the documentary. What makes the film a much more interesting concert time-capsule compared to others such as Monterey Pop, Gimme Shelter or Message To Love, is the fact that you instantly sense the notion that no-one, from performers to festival-goers, knew what they were involved in. It was a festival with no script, no pre-determined heroes. Essentially, it was a tacit battle between each band to attempt to render themselves more legendary than the others...As a documentary, Woodstock aims to do two things: to record as much fantastic music as it can as a treat for the unfortunate souls unable to attend; and to provide social comment on America (in particular its ongoing trouble with Vietnam), using the festival as a sort of antithesis to society...As a concert movie and statement of America during the turbulent late sixties period, Woodstock is priceless and perfect, from its multitude of classic sixties music to its na?ve idealism of the hippie movement in full swing. It's long, breathtaking and completely divorced from our society, rendering it essential viewing indeed...Ranked alongside Gimme Shelter, Stop Making Sense and The Last Waltz as the greatest concert movie ever made, Woodstock is as fascinating as a social study as it is an enjoyable rock festival movie.
Reviewer Raphael Pour-Hashemi
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In terms of evoking the style and feel of a mass historical event, "Woodstock" may be the best documentary ever made in America...It has a lot of music in it, photographed in an incredible intimacy with the performers, but it's not by any means only a rock-music movie. It's a documentary about the highs and lows of the society that formed itself briefly at Woodstock before moving on. It covers that civilization completely, showing how the musicians sang to it and the Hog Farm fed it and the Port-O-San man provided it with toilet facilities...And it shows how 400,000 young people formed the third largest city in New York State, and ran it for a weekend with no violence and no hassles, and with a spirit of informal co-operation. The spirit survived even though Woodstock was declared a "disaster area," and a thunderstorm soaked everyone to the skin, and the food ran out...The remarkable thing about Wadleigh's film is that it succeeds so completely in making us feel how it must have been to be there. It does that to the limits that a movie can..."Woodstock" does what all good documentaries do. It is a bringer of news. It reports, it shows, it records and it interprets. It gives us maybe 60 percent music and 40 percent on the people who were there...Wadleigh and his team (see the credits, please, for the names of the others who helped bring "Woodstock" together) have recorded all the levels. The children. The dogs (who were allowed ro run loose in this nation). The freaks and the straights. The people of religion (Swami Gi and three nuns giving the peace sign). The cops (eating popsicles). The Army (dropping blankets, food and flowers from helicopters). "Woodstock" is a beautiful, complete, moving, ultimately great film, and years from now when our generation is attacked for being just as uptight as all the rest of the generations, it will be good to have this movie around to show that, just for a weekend anyway, that wasn't altogether the case.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition
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Brian Koller, FilmsGraded.com ...deserves its registry in the Library of Congress; not just for the great rock performances, but because it best captures the brief era of flower power.
Pete Croatto, FilmCritic.com ...a dazzling reminder of a simpler, younger time and the brief promise it attained.
Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com An important sociological document as much as a massive who's who of rock and folk in 1969.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Few documentaries have captured a time and place more completely, poignantly, and for that matter, entertainingly.
Variety ...a milestone in artistic collation of raw footage...an absolute triumph in its marriage of cinematic technology to reality.

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