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on 25 October 2012
As above.

All the footage of the 'big hitters' is in here: Richie Havens, Crosby Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, etc, but what this DVD lacks is the 'incidental' footage which made the original documentary so watchable.

There was so much footage that the screen had to be split into three to get it all in, resulting in many "WTF?" moments. Anyone catch the man dancing with the sheep? Or the naked couple 'getting it on' in the grass?

No, thought not. Almost none of the incidental footage is included in this DVD version.

To describe this DVD as a 'Director's Cut' is simply laughable: in many circumstances where the original footage split into three, on this version the 'side panels' have just been filled in with identical duotone vignettes of the main act. An irritatingly clunky cinematic device which isn't faithful to the original documentary, and doesn't tell the story.

All in, a disappointment.
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VINE VOICEon 4 July 2009
As I have said in my Isle of Wight Message To Love review I think Isle of Wight 1970 was ultimately a more interesting festival than Woodstock. It had a greater range of British bands such as Family, Free, Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, ELP, etc, who were more exciting than their American contemporaries who dominated Woodstock. The British bands The Who and Ten Years After, together with Hendrix played both. Whilst IOW also had the excellent Doors who weren't at Woodstock.
IOW also had more dramatic events to film. Let's be honest much of what was filmed at Woodstock wasn't that interesting.
So we come to theis latest Woodstock release and the big selling point is the previously unreleased footage some of artists who already feature in the original movie and some who don't. Be aware that this still isn't definitive as there are still some acts who appeared at the festival but not on film. Whether film exists of these I'm not sure. Perhaps all the existing film has now been released, although what's to bet that in ten years time we get another 'definitive' release?

So let's look briefly at the previously unseen material. Mountain didn't appear in the orginal film, and while they are ok, they are nothing spectacular; furthermore they did record better songs than the ones featured here. Creedence Clearwater Revival were of course one of the great bands of their era, and it is welcome to see them finally included. Again though I think they had better material, some of it admittedly post Woodstock. 'Born on the Bayou' and 'Keep On Chooglin'' are a bit too similar, maybe something else ought to have been included? The Grateful Dead divide opinions: some people love them, some can't stand them. And on this performance I'm afraid I fall into the latter camp. Their one number lasts an interminable nearly 40 minutes, only a few minutes of which is devoted to Garcia's excellent guitar solo, much of it is rather spent on awful, endless call and response vocals which become instantly wearing. The plug should have been pulled on this one after ten minutes at the most. I wonder how much else was left out to include this waste of space?
The rest of the acts featured on the previously unseen disc are okay, but there really is nothing that is noticeably better than anything in the orginal film. And why on earth is the same Who material included as in the original film? Yes,the Who were great as always, but surely this is a mistake?
Many of the acts also were filmed after dark in relative close up, which means you see very little of the audience, therefore much of the festival atmosphere is lost, and rather than conveying the impression that 'yeah this is Woodstock, the greatest festval of them all' they could be appearing absolutely anywhere!
There is also a documentary disc, which is okay, but once seen isn't likely to warrent repeated viewings. The final thing to note is that the original film, which I previously had on one disc, now spreads over to two. I'm not sure why this is, but it makes what could have been a three disc package a more expensive four disc set.
If you don't have the orginal Woodstock single disc film then this is worth buying as a record of one of the great cultural events of a fascinating era, but as I already had the orginal disc, I found this 'expanded' release actually a little disappointing in terms of the extra material.
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on 10 April 2013
You could divide this film into two stories in one. There is the live performances of the bands then the story of the people who attended, lived in the area and the people organising and running the festival .
The band footage is very poor. In most cases the camera is in extreme close up of the singers face totally ignoring the other members of the band. It was enough to show however how shoddy many of the performances were.
Then there was the camera and interviewer going out among the audience, to the fist aid tent, to the toilet block, to the local town. Watching the rain storm and the festival turning into a mud bath. The stage announcements. This is brilliant as it captures the mood of the event and a cross section of societies lifestyles and opinions. Pure gold.
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on 27 June 2016
Buyers should be aware that this German Blu-ray contains the Director's Cut only and no extras. There are no performances by some of the artists listed on the front sleeve. These can only be found on the 2-disc Blu-ray Collector's edition.
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on 23 January 2013
3 1/2 hours long but alot of good quality recording not on it.
With the like of Jefferson Airplane, and Hendrix really cut short, feel a bit cheated. That said its still watchable,
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on 17 May 2009
This is obviously a must for anybody even mildly connected to the event. However, considering that it is intended to be a documentary, that is, not a movie nor simply a concert recording, I did not appreciated at all the split screen used so often. It is distracting, most of the times footage on both side would need the full viewer attention. During the Who's part, attention is concentrated on the lead singer, with Pete Townshend barely appearing in the background, whereas he is clearly warming up for the famous guitar slaughtering, and being actually the center of the action.
Secondly, I would have appreciated to see the names of bands and songs - perhaps as a subtitle. Not all - especially the youngest - know these faces (e.g. Ten Years After) in their earlier days (I did not recongnize Eric Clapton myself at his first appearance).
Similarly, the time line (day 1 HH:MM) would have added a lot to the documentary value.
For these reasons I rate it only 3, when in fact it would be worth more.
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on 29 July 2014
I loved this movie as a teenager, but it has dated (no surprises there), is very long and the music is not as enjoyable as I remember it.
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on 3 January 2016
Very interesting but unable to get disc 3 out f 4 to load
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on 9 January 2002
As I come from the era of the 60's I was looking forward to owning a copy of this DVD.
Although I enjoyed the video's music content (well 60% of it), I was a bit disappointed with the huge amount of crowd coverage versus the amount of actual music content.
Some of the artists quite honesly sound terrible as they are abviously caught up with the 'spirit' of the moment.
I suppose we get spoilt with later concerts where the sound is superb and the acts well rehearsed.
Good collectors item, but personally will only watch it infrequently.
I don't know if they have made a DVD of Live Aid, but I should imagine it would go down well with mucic lovers.
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on 21 April 2012
Great to watch... all the good old stuff... and to think that a lot of these songs are still being played and enjoyed today.
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