Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music (DVD, 2009, Special Edition)
Woodstock - Director's Cut
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 #1 -- Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music - The Director's Cut
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, Still & 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. Ritchie 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: Summertimes 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: 3 Days of Peace and Music - The Director's Cut
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 You 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 Homr [9:46]
49. End Credits (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Woodstock) [4:43]
50. Coda (Crosby, Stills & Nash: Cost of Freedom) [:53]
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. Kryssa Schemmerling, Barnes & Noble
4.0 / 5.0
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.
4.0 / 5.0
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.
5.0 / 5.0
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!!!!
5.0 / 5.0
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
5.0 / 5.0
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.
5.0 / 5.0
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?
4.0 / 5.0
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.
5.0 / 5.0
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.
4.0 / 5.0
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.
5.0 / 5.0
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.
5.0 / 5.0
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!
4.0 / 5.0
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.
4.0 / 5.0
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.