Woodstock: 40th Anniversary Director's Cut (3-DVD Ultimate Collector's Edition)
by Various Artists
- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 3 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 9, 2009
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Stills & Nash Crosby, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie & Jerry Garcia|
|Directed by||Michael Wadleigh|
|Edited by||Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese, Yeu-Bun Yee, Stanley Warnow, Jere Huggins & Michael Wadleigh|
|Music by||Canned Heat & Joni Mitchell|
|Cinematography by||David Myers, Al Wertheimer, Don Lenzer, Richard Pearce & Michael Wadleigh|
|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), and collectibles:
- LUCITE display with images from the festival
- 60-page commemorative Life Magazine reprint
- Iron-on Woodstock patch
- Festival memorabilia including reproductions of handwritten notes and a three-day ticket
- Numbered, limited-edition sets for enhanced collectibility
- Disc One:
- Director's Cut, Part 1
- The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock
- Disc Two:
- Director's Cut, Part 2
- Disc Three:
- Woodstock: Untold Stories - 18 performances as never before seen (see list below)
- Woodstock: From Festival to Feature - Interviews of the sights and sounds of the 3-day event, from concert goers, promoters, crew and musicians
- List of 18 Bonus Performances:
- Joan Baez: "One Day at a Time"
- Country Joe McDonald: "Flying High"
- Santana: "Evil Ways"
- Canned Heat: "I'm Her Man" and "On the Road Again"
- Mountain: "Beside the Sea" and "Southbound Train"
- Grateful Dead: "Turn On Your Love Light"
- Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Born on the Bayou," "I've Put a Spell on You" and "Keep on Chooglin'"
- The Who: "We're Not Going To Take It" and "My Generation"
- Jefferson Airplane: "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds"
- Joe Cocker: "Something's Coming On"
- Johnny Winter: "Mean Town Blues"
- Paul Butterfield: "Morning Sunrise"
- Sha Na Na: "Teen Angel"
- Arlo Guthrie
- Canned Heat
- Country Joe & the Fish
- Country Joe McDonald
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Crosby Stills & Nash
- Grateful Dead
- Janis Joplin
- Jefferson Airplane
- Jimi Hendrix
- Joan Baez
- Joe Cocker
- John Sebastian
- Johnny Winter
- Paul Butterfield Blues Band
- Richie Havens
- Sly & The Family Stone
- Ten Years After
- The Who
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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