Woodstock - Director's Cut

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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

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: 6/9/2009
  • UPC: 883929073306
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Presentation: Director's Cut / Special Edition / Anniversary Edition
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 46,963

Cast & Crew

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

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Woodstock 3 Days of Peace and Music Brings back memories!

    I saw This Movie at a theater in Chicago 40 years ago during my Senior High School Trip. I loved it then, I love it now. Imagine that many people assembling for such great music with out crime or violence. This wouldn't be possible now. I went to large Rock Concerts then and it was always a joyful event. We have not evolved well as a society. Too much violence, poverty and social dysfunction now. How wonderful to go back in time to a such a place and listen to such wonderful music!!! Great DVD!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Turns out to be a rerun

    The movie Woodstock is an absolute classic and everyone ought to have a copy, but if you have the Directors cut from back in 1990's, then you already have whats in this box with the exception of one disk of disconnected outtakes of the concert. The added clips are great, but unless your a diehard Woodstock collector, there's no reason to buy this box if you already have another version of the Woodstock Movie. On the whole, this is an opportunity lost. Why the producers did not bother to do a real re-visit of all that stored away Woodstock footage is beyond me, maybe we'll get something better for the 50th Anniversary. However, if you do not have the Woodstock movie already, this will be worth the money because the movie really deserved getting the Oscar (which it did) and the extra DVD does have some fine performances.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A moment in time

    Michael Wadleigh did a wonderful job capturing a moment in time.

    It is a moment that I wish I was around to see. What the heck happened? It all seemed so idealistic.

    I won't mention the whole cast of terrific players, but I would like to make a special mention about Joan Baez and Joe Cocker.

    Watching this actually gives me hope. Hope that this kind of energy really can exist.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2002

    Baez reigns

    As the years go by and Woodstock becomes part of the historical myths and mists od the ers, the performance of Joan Baez emerges as the eternal and quitessential performance of that bizarre and unequaled event. Barefoot, pregnant and without accompaniment, Baez' performance epitomizes the pathos, idealism, tragedy and spirituality of that promising and troubled time. Rock and Roll comes and goes, yet this dazzling display of stripped down radical gospel became the symbol of that singular event.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Yasgur's Farm, 1969!!!

    I turned 18 a week before attending the Woodstock Festival. It remains to this day one of the most incredible experiences of my life, both in terms of music and of what human beings are truly capable. I've watched earlier versions of Woodstock that reminded me of those experiences but never really brought them to life again. All that has changed with this version! Due to the re-mastering of the soundtrack and perhaps because of the addition of extra cuts featuring interviews with people that were then kids like me, I was once again returned to Max Yasgur's farm and a life altering weekend of Woodstock!!! If you were there, this version of the DVD will take you back; if you never had the chance but want the experience, this DVD is a guaranteed return to that magnificent three days when every dream of the '60s came true in one long spectacular adventure!!! If it were possible, I would give this DVD 6, 7, or 8 stars!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great DVD except for one minor thing...

    I thought the Woodstock DVD was great except for one small thing. When John Sebastian was singing they show naked or almost naked little kids, about 2 years old and I found that just a little bit too much. Other than that the DVD was great and I would recommend to any fan of the late 60's or Woodstock

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Summer of Love was 1967

    Just for the record the Summer of Love was 1967, not 1969. It was a very different time. Maybe this is a fine distinction since a lot of kids today seem to think that the 60's and 70's both took place during the 80's. In the intervening time since 1967 there there had been riots, assassinations, the Nixon election and about 20,000 more American deaths in Vietnam. Flower Power by now seemed silly and dated, and that was exactly why the "Woodstock Nation" seemed so impressive, because suddenly there was this incredible mass of like-minded people feeling that maybe they did have some power together beyond just an escapist lifestyle.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wish there were more

    My dad really enjoyed receiving this for his 57th birthday. He was a little disappointed that there wasn't a CD that he could take to work with him or play in his car. Otherwise, he enjoyed the trip down memory lane and my folks regularly use this as background noise while they eat dinner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Woodstock - The 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collectors Edition

    I found the 40th anniversary edition of the movie, Woodstock, to be well worth the money. The director's cut of the film itself include more worthy performances and more in-depth coverage. The additions to the package are entertaining as well as curious. I honestly could have done without the iron-on patch and the little souvenir block that you receive but I did find the fun facts card rather interesting.

    The performances themselves gave one the impression that much of what was performed were not the best performances of the artists' careers but that the real attraction of the event was a historical one - meaning that it all worked in spite of the crowd and the elements. The untold stories DVD left me wanting to learn more about what happened behind the scenes though I admit that some of the "never before seen" peerformances became somewhat tedious to watch. Overall, the DVD harkens back to something akin to lightning in a bottle. It's something that was never seen before and may never be seen again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Ultimate Woodstock movie version

    I have owned the original Woodstock movie for several years and it's one you can go back to time and time again. It absolutely captures the essence of the mecca many young people made to Bethel to become one large family for a few days of peace, love, and music. The 40th anniversary version is to date the best version I have seen available. In addition to cleaned up video and soundtrack it comes with lots of extras on the DVD and in the package. It all simply enhances the experience that much more. If I had one complaint it's that in the one I got it had duplicate replicas of notes left on car windshields. Was it worth spending the $40 after I already had the original, absolutely. Will the new content keep this movie fresh for another decade or more, absolutely. I haven't seen the alternate version of this in the drum case so can't offer insights on choosing between the two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A complete performance - we will celebrate the 80th too

    The weekend this happened I was working as a naval gunfire coordinator for Third Battalion, 7th Marines and Second Battalion, Fifth Marines on operation Mameluke Thrust. Had no idea such a thing was going on. I spent two and one-half years in Vietnam as a Marine Radio operator and rotated back to the States in the Spring of '70s.

    During the Summer while I was stationed at Cherry Point waiting to get out (hoping for an earlyout) and a buddy mentioned the movie Woodstock was showing at the theater in the town nearby. We had to stop by the Officer of the Deck to get his liberty card (I was a sergeant and needed none of such nonsense) and the Sergeant of the Deck told us the base commander had put the theater off limits because of "that commie movie playing there."

    Of course nothing so foolish as that deterred us. We drove directly to town and the theater. The heavy shore patrol presence forced a change in our plans - we went on to a town an hour away with a college in it and went right in to our best experience while we were on active duty.

    The movie was beyond any expectations we could have had. One particular song - Canned Heat: Going Up The Country - was especially meaningful. In the early Summer of '69 I was going out with a different grunt unit doing the same naval gunfire work. As we were waiting on the LZ for the helecopters one of the grunts took his cassette player out of his pack and said, "My sister sent me this tape she recorded of some of the songs that were popular back in the world."

    The first song on the tape was that Canned Heat song. The fit was perfect because we were "going up the country." That song has been in my heart ever since. That song and every single one of the rest on the DVD will take you to a place that no one alive on the earth today will ever be able to go to.

    I have always been counter culture and this one fits perfectly. When my depression gets unmanageable or my sadness becomes overwhelming, I retreat into my memories of those three days in upstate New York. If you want to try to understand the baby boomers this is a good starting point. Absolutely the best, bar none.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyed it very much

    I never really knew much about WOODSTOCK, except from what I heard in bits and pieces.

    This film was loaded with footage and I got a real feel about what it was all about. Kind of cool. it seemed like a cool moment in time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ahh Woodstock

    Brings back huge memories to someone who had the ticket and was going to go but was called in to work all weekend, and at last minute my girlfriend parents told her she could not go with me. After all we were only 18, where would my life have gone?

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