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Woodstock - Director's Cut

Woodstock - Director's Cut

3.8 43
Director: Michael Wadleigh

Cast: Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, The Who


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A two-sided DVD in an adjustable (1.33:1 to 2.36:1) widescreen anamorphic format, much of this Academy Award-winning film is grainy, blurry, erratic, and dark, as would be expected from a three-day event shot in the '60s. Also, the aspect ratio adjustments often adjust themselves regardless of the side of the DVD being played -- a move apparently intended to preserve


A two-sided DVD in an adjustable (1.33:1 to 2.36:1) widescreen anamorphic format, much of this Academy Award-winning film is grainy, blurry, erratic, and dark, as would be expected from a three-day event shot in the '60s. Also, the aspect ratio adjustments often adjust themselves regardless of the side of the DVD being played -- a move apparently intended to preserve the cinematic look of the original film. But the fullness and crispness of the extensive and evocative pieces of remastered music (redone in Dolby Digital Surround 5.1) are surprising. A "Film Flash" section recommends four other movies, and English and French subtitles are available. No other special features come with this director's cut DVD, but it does contain 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage, including eight scenes edited out of the original 1970 version.

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.

Product Details

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

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Scene access; Language: English; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

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

Scene Index

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0. Side A
1. Spontaneous combustion. [:36]
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 Coutry. [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: Handome Johnny. [5:30]
11. Richie Havens: Freedom. [6:01]
12. Free from now on. [5:02]
13. Canned Heat: A Change Is Gonna Come. [7:49]
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). [5:59]
17. The Who: Summertime Blues. [5:45]
18. In search of. [5:25]
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. [9:07]
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1. Ten Years After: I'm Going Home. [12:00]
2. Inter...mission. [:14]
3. Jefferson Airplane: Won't You Try. [5:54]
4. Scenes from a disaster area. [5:42]
5. Emotional colors. [1:52]
6. Jefferson Airplane: Uncle Sam's Blues. [4:37]
7. John Sebastian: Younger Generation. [5:48]
8. Country Joe McDonald: I-Feel-like-I'm Fixin'-to-Die Rag. [3:18]
9. Comping with the mess. [4:15]
10. The bodies beautiful. [3:28]
11. Santana: Soul Sacrifice. [9:36]
12. Sly and the Family Stone: I Want To Take You Higer. [10:21]
13. Janis Joplin: Work Me, Lord. [6:45]
14. Mess Call. [3:20]
15. The Port-O-San man. [3:06]
16. Max Vasgur's benedictioin. [2:06]
17. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Chile. [4:08]
18. Jimi Hendrix: The Star-Spangled Banner. [4:33]
19. Jimi Hendrix: Purple Haze. [1:12]
20. Picking up and going home. [10:50]
21. End Credits (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Woodstock). [3:40]
22. Coda (Crosby, Stills & Nash: Cost of Freedom). [:57]


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Woodstock - Director's Cut 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
NancyNurseNL More than 1 year ago
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!
DR-DAN More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
MovieandMusicManiac More than 1 year ago
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.
JohnInTheD More than 1 year ago
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.
Never_A_Plain_Jane More than 1 year ago
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.
OldeWizard More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.
Zoticus More than 1 year ago
Long and boring but not without highlights. Contrary to what has been posted here, there is no "second DVD" of disconnected outtakes/performances. The movie is so long that it fits on two DVDs. When first issued on DVD it was on two sides of a two-sided disc, so really nothing has changed for this edition except there's a commercial! for the Woodstock Museum. You don't need this if you have the first DVD from about 10 years prior. Consider what the world was like 10 years prior to Woodstock and you can see how we've stagnated culturally in recent years . . . Looking forward to the big 50th anniversary of this soggy affair.
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Skullgirl16 More than 1 year ago
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
legacyshooter More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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