Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music, Ultimate Collector's Edition (The Director's Cut)

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1969 was a year unlike any other. Man first set foot on the moon. The New York Mets won the World Series against all odds. And for three days in the rural town of Bethel, New York, half a million people experienced the single most defining moment of their generation; a concert unprecedented in scope and influence, a coming together of people from all walks of life with a single common goal: Peace and music. They called it Woodstock. One year later, a landmark Oscar-winning documentary captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it. Newly remastered, the film features legendary performances by 17 best selling artists.

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Studio Warner
SKU 210893902
UPC 883929039289
UPC 14 00883929039289
Format DVD
Release Date 6/9/2009
Actors
Name Wadleigh,Michael
Link Search Link
Awards
Oscar (1971) Bob Maurice, Winner, Best Documentary, Features,Dan Wallin, L.A. Johnson, Nominee, Best Sound,Thelma Schoonmaker, Nominee, Best Film Editing
Reviews
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.
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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.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wadleigh,Michael
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
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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