Festival Express (Blu-ray)
by Various Artists
Festival Express... The longest party in rock-n-roll history.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Shout Factory
- Note: Original feature film
- Derailed: the making of Festival Express
- Additional & extended interviews
- Train hopping: watch the songs from the film, uninterrupted
- Theatrical trailer
- Bonus performances from Buddy Guy, Grateful Dead, Ian & Sylvia and The Great Speckled Bird, Janis Joplin & more
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin|
|Performer:||Sha Na Na, The Band, Delaney & Bonnie, Ian & Sylvia, Buddy Guy & Flying Burrito Brothers|
|Directed by||Bob Smeaton|
|Produced by||John Trapman|
Rating: B -- A good snapshot of an earlier, simpler, more innocent time that seems now even longer ago than it was. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Rating: 3/4 -- What's most revealing and human about Festival Express are its candid looks at artists bonding aboard the choo-choo.
[A] delicious pop time capsule full of small moments and grand rock 'n' roll gestures.
Los Angeles Times
FESTIVAL EXPRESS is a likable time capsule....The best reason to see the movie is Janis Joplin, whose volcanic stage presence erupts right out of her dazed instability.
[T]he main focus is the gigs, with uninterrupted performances form the likes of the Grateful Dad, the band and Janis Joplin...
Sight and Sound
FESTIVAL EXPRESS is most memorable for the charismatic presence of Joplin and Garcia...
[T]hose fortunate enough to have been on this travelling rock'n'roll circus knew even then they'd never see its like again.
In the summer of 1970, a rock festival travelled across Canada by luxury train, stopping in Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Lured by the promise of a mobile party, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band, Buddy Guy, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Ian & Sylvia signed on to the tour for a fraction of their usual fees. The performances and the stars' antics on the train were both filmed, only to be locked away for 25 years. The colorful and thrilling results, seen here for the first time, capture these artists at their loosest and most natural. Fans of Joplin and the Dead will find reason to rejoice in the playful footage of these icons enjoying each other's company on the train, as well as their blistering stage performances. The events are also put into context through new interviews with the surviving musicians, including Buddy Guy, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart, who speak frankly and humorously about the tour. Once buried in reputation by the era's other historic concert events such as Woodstock, or the Rolling Stones at Altamont--FESTIVAL EXPRESS is proof that a monumental live event in '60s rock has been long overlooked.
- Theatrical Release: JULY 23, 2004 (LIMITED)
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