Woodstock 40th Anniversary Director's Cut (2-DVD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 9, 2009
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- (unspecified) English
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: NEW retrospective The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Directed by||Michael Wadleigh|
|Edited by||Michael Wadleigh, Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Warnow, Yeu-Bun Yee & Jere Huggins|
|Music Performer:||Joan Baez, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & the Fish, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana, John Sebastian, Sha Na Na, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After & The Who|
|Cinematography by||Michael Wadleigh, Richard Pearce, Al Wertheimer, Don Lenzer & David Myers|
|Produced by||Bob Maurice|
"...It is memorable, and it is moving..."
"...Michael Wadleigh's Oscar-winning documentary remains the most enduring movie of a very great movie year..."
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."
4 stars out of 5 -- "There is much euphoria and jubilation on offer -- and sundry musical delights..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
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.
- Remastered 4-hour Director's Cut and over 3 hours of extras (includes newly discovered performances)
- The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock
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.
- Original theatrical release: March 26, 1970
- WOODSTOCK was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- Shot in upstate New York in August 1969, in Technicolor. The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was produced by Michael Lang (Executive Producer), John Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Arthur Kornfeld. Produced by Wadleigh-Maurice, Ltd.
- It is estimated that the cost of the festival was about $3.3 million, with $1.7 million collected from ticket sales (the promoters declared the event free after it became apparent that they were not equipped to deal with the mass of people who showed up). Although the original partners lost about $250,000 of their own money and owed the rest to a bank, they managed to recoup their losses a decade later through the royalties from this film and the soundtrack.
- Tickets to the original event were priced at $18. The 25th anniversary celebration of Woodstock, Woodstock '94, held August 12-14, 1994, was budgeted to cost $30 million, with tickets going for $135.
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