Woodstock - Director's Cut

Woodstock - Director's Cut

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Director: Michael Wadleigh

Cast: Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, The Who


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This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms of musical, social and political ideology of the era. American audiences are introduced to Ten Years After, featuring guitar great Alvin Lee. Jimi Hendix, The Who and Joe Cocker give riveting performances. As naked… See more details below


This iconic musical documentary covers the three-day 1969 music festival on the property of Max Yasger's farm that symbolized the late 1960s in terms of musical, social and political ideology of the era. American audiences are introduced to Ten Years After, featuring guitar great Alvin Lee. Jimi Hendix, The Who and Joe Cocker give riveting performances. As naked flower children romp, the New York freeway is closed because of traffic congestion. Music lovers leave their cars and travel on foot only survive torrential downpours of rain, food shortages and non-stop music. Jefferson Airplane gives the wake up call with their song "Volunteers Of America." Crosby, Stills and Nash deliver a memorable performance. John Sebastian gives an impromptu set with a borrowed guitar from Tim Hardin. Santana, Sly and The Family Stone, Sha-Na-Na, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens and Joan Baez also appear. The movie did big box office business and a successful three record set sold millions of copies. The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival and Janis Joplin performed but were not shown in the film. The Dead's Jerry Garcia recalled that it was the worst live show the band ever did, ironic for a band known for their spirited live performances.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
It was 1969 -- the Summer of Love -- and some 400,000 people gathered on a farm in upstate New York to get down and naked to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Arlo Guthrie, David Crosby, and many, many others. This was more than just a music festival featuring some of the most important rock and folk artists of the era. It was a three-day celebration of the counterculture and everything for which it stood. A youthful Martin Scorsese cut his teeth as an editor on Mike Wadleigh's Academy Award-winning film that documents the most famous rock concert of all time -- and one of the defining events of the 1960s. Monumental in its scope, this legendary documentary uses wide screen and split screen techniques and stereo sound to recreate the experience of the festival in all its peace-loving, mud-splattered glory. While some have criticized the length of the film, the performances -- particularly Hendrix's monumental rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" -- make it all worthwhile.
All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
Woodstock set the standard for all rockumentaries to come. Sensing that the 1969 Woodstock concert would be something more than a mere "happening," director Michael Wadleigh brought along a battalion of cinematographers and assistants. As a result, what could have been an aloof, detached record of the landmark concert is as "up close and personal" as it was possible to get without actually being there. Utilizing widescreen, splitscreen, and stereo-sound technology to the utmost, Wadleigh puts us right in the middle of the 400,000 screaming, mud-caked spectators, then zooms in to loving closeups of the stars. Edited by Martin Scorsese (among many others), the finished product won the 1970 Oscar for Best Documentary -- and was also stamped with an "R" rating due to some innocuous (by modern standards) nudity and profanity. The talent lineup includes Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, David Crosby and Stephen Stills, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, Sly and the Family Stone, Ten Years After and Sha Na Na. The original 184 minute running time was expanded to 224 minutes for the 1994 video version, featuring previously excised footage of Janis Joplin. One of the best shots in Woodstock has no music at all: the final image, as a group of dour policemen survey the garbage and debris left behind by the Woodstock Naton.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Disc One: Woodstock Director's Cut, Part 1 (128:38 mins.); "The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock."
Disc Two: Woodstock Director's Cut, Part 2 (95:34 mins.).
Disc Three: "Woodstock - Untold Stories," 18 additional performances by 13 acts, featuring Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, and five -- Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, and Mountain -- who played at Woodstock but never appeared in any film version; "Woodstock - From Festival to Feature," with interviews describing the sights and sounds of the 3 day event, from concert goers, promoters, crew, and musicians.
The Ultimate Collector's Edition comes packaged in a gift box -- sheathed within a faux-suede fringed sleeve -- numbered as part of a limited run, with an array of collectibles that include a 60+ page reprint of a Life magazine commemorative issue, a lucite lenticular display of vintage festival photos, festival memorabilia and an iron-on patch with the classic dove and guitar Woodstock emblem.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Baez Actor
Joe Cocker Actor
Who Actor
Crosby, Stills & Nash Actor
Jefferson Airplane Actor
Arlo Guthrie Actor
Richie Havens Actor
Jimi Hendrix Actor
Santana Actor
Sha Na Na Actor
Ten Years After Actor
Canned Heat Actor
Country Joe & the Fish Actor
Roger Daltrey Actor
Keith Moon Actor
Steve Stills Actor
Pete Townshend Actor
John Sebastian Actor
Janis Joplin Actor
Country Joe McDonald Actor
Johnny Winter Actor
Hugh Romney (Wavy Gravy)
Bill Graham Participant
Sly & the Family Stone Actor
Joe Cocker and The Grease Band Participant

Technical Credits
Michael Wadleigh Director,Cinematographer,Editor
Jere Huggins Editor
Larry Johnson Score Composer,Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Don Lenzer Cinematographer
Bob Maurice Producer
Joni Mitchell Score Composer
David Myers Cinematographer
Richard Pearce Cinematographer
Sonya Polonsky Production Manager
Thelma Schoonmaker Asst. Director,Editor
Martin Scorsese Asst. Director,Editor
Lewis Teague Production Manager
Yeu-Bun Yee Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Woodstock
1. Spontaneous Combustion... [:37]
2. Too Big for the World [:54]
3. Crosby, Stills & Nash: Long Time Gone [4:17]
4. If It Works.... [:52]
5. Canned Heat: Going Up the Country [3:18]
6. Crosby, Stills & Nash: Wooden Ships [3:23]
7. The Invasion of Sullivan County [5:46]
8. Out of the Skies [2:41]
9. Acid Alert and Other Announcements [1:46]
10. Richie Havens: Handsome Johnny [5:30]
11. Richie Havens: Freedom [6:01]
12. Free From Now On [5:02]
13. Canned Heat: A Change Is Gonna Come [7:48]
14. Joan Baez: Joe Hill [4:37]
15. Joan Baez: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot [2:33]
16. The Who: We're Not Gonna Take It (From Tommy) [6:00]
17. The Who: Summertime Blues [5:46]
18. In Search of [5:24]
19. In the Spirit [1:00]
20. Sha Na Na: At the Hop [2:13]
21. Getting High on Yoga [2:51]
22. Joe Cocker & the Grease Band: With a Little Help From My Friends [8:29]
23. Downpour [6:55]
24. Rain Chant [3:46]
25. What it's All About [3:33]
26. Country Joe & the Fish: Rock and Soul Music [2:05]
27. Arlo Guthrie: Coming Into Los Angeles [3:54]
28. Crosby, Stills & Nash: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes [9:02]
29. Ten Years After: I'm Going Home [11:11]
30. Inter...Mission [:59]
Disc #2 -- Woodstock
31. Jefferson Airplane: Won't You Try [5:55]
32. Scenes From a Disaster Area [5:42]
33. Emotional Colors [1:52]
34. Jefferson Airplane: Uncle Sam's Blues [4:37]
35. John Sebastian: Younger Generation [5:48]
36. Country Joe McDonald: I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag [3:18]
37. Coping With the Mess [4:15]
38. The Bodies Beautiful [3:28]
39. Santana: Soul Sacrifice [9:36]
40. Sly and the Family Stone: I Want to Take Your Higher [10:21]
41. Janis Joplin: Work Me, Lord [6:48]
42. Mess Call [3:18]
43. The Port-O-San Man [3:06]
44. Max Yasgur's Benediction [2:06]
45. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child [4:08]
46. Jimi Hendrix: The Star-Spangled Banner [4:34]
47. Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze [1:11]
48. Picking Up and Going Home [9:46]
49. End Credits (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Woodstock) [4:43]
50. Coda (Crosby, Stills & Nash: Cost of Freedom) [:53]

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