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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodstock 1969 Revisited and Extended
I don't think anyone can expect a film made over 40 years ago to have the same picture and sound quality as one made in recent years however the 4 hour directors film is much better than the standard DVD version was. To me, this is more about the content than the picture quality and the real benefits of buying the Ultimate Collectors Edition is the film content and extras...
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by endlessharmony

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2.0 out of 5 stars What's with the sound quality?
I decided to purchase the Blu Ray version of Woodstock after buying "Jimmi Hendrix Live at Woodstock " and being blown away by the quality of the sound on the Hendrix disk. However the quality of the sound on the Woodstock disks is very poor, muted and muddy. I wonder why that is seeing as they are sourced from the same material.
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Mr. M. Murphy

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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodstock [Blu-ray] [1969], 15 Dec 2009
This review is from: Woodstock [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
c'est super
malheureusement la haute définition avec le film à 16 mm n'est pas à la hauteur des blu-rays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodstock 1969, 3 Jan 2010
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5 of us '50'somethings spent the whole of last evening watching this, it was absolutely fantastic, we couldn't stop although it was almost 5 hours. The only thing that would have improved our viewing would be the names of the bands/artists as they came on, but it was fun googling them at the same time as watching. Will definately be going to see Canned Heat should they ever come to UK as they are still touring 45 years after they were formed - really 'Groovy Cats'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, 17 Nov 2011
Paper Crane (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Woodstock [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Wonderful documentary, and some seriously great music. I was amazed and delighted to see that the music has stood the test of time - some fantastic tracks! And it was interesting to research the festival and its origins afterwards. Very enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a piece of art about piece of history, 5 April 2011
This review is from: Woodstock [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
a masterpiece of music-photography and documentation, brilliant editing, and full experience on blu ray with great sound.
oh, and great music!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Woodstock remembered, 22 May 2012
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Having purchased the vinyl album more years ago than I care to remember this DVD came a pleasant reminder era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beast promised by Yeats, 25 Jun 2010
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This four DVD collection is essential: the director's cut of the film, one DVD of extra music and one DVD of interviews. This last DVD is interesting for the technical details and all the material conditions. It is anecdotal and somewhere it misses the essential point: the music - as a representative of the world - of the twentieth century has been through a revolution and Woodstock is the first demonstration (like in science and mathematics) of the total jump of the whites in America, slightly after the British and the Europeans, into endorsing that new music.

To find what is so original in that new music is not that difficult today if we have followed the vast research in the whole world about music all along human history. Listen to the DVDs or to the CDs and you will find out that this music has one characteristic that unifies all the styles or nearly: it is polyrhythmic. It is so obvious that discussing the point is pointless.

Back in Europe and in the 20s and 30s there had been some attempts in "classical" or "symphonic" music to produce polyrhythmia but it had failed to conquer the vast popular public. Popular music was entirely locked up in good old songs and good old monorhythmia. What is polyrhythmia that Mr. Word's Dictionary refuses? It is the fact that a superficial and traditional rhythmic line, generally binary or ternary, covers up and is articulated upon a far faster rhythmic line that can run in multiples of two or three. That faster rhythm can be carried by the modern drums (where do they come from?) or contained in the singing or in the melodious line of one particular instrument, the bass or the lead guitar used as a rhythmic accompaniment.

That was invented in the United States of America and was the consequence of a social, political and geo-demographic phenomenon known as the slave trade and slavery. In Africa, music is originally polyrhythmic and the instruments they used are drums and percussions of many very different types from the tam-tam to the water drum. The slower rhythm is the one to which most people dance and the faster rhythm is magic in a way since it can lead to a trance, to vodun (or voodoo) illumination, with or without the help of alcohol or other substances.

The Blacks arrived in America and kept their rhythm, their music and used it all the time in the fields. That will produce black music whose first fully developed form will be jazz. Jazz will become a hit thanks to the radio but jazz requires a new instrument, the modern drums of our bands. They more or less took all the instruments from the European tradition and just associated them so that one person could use both hands and both feet to create a rhythmic universe that was by definition polyrhythmic. From Jazz to rock and roll and modern popular music there is only about twenty to thirty years. The radio will make it popular everywhere in the world, would I say, and then television added its own two bits. The whites learned it and started producing their own, the British being ahead with the first bands that managed to move vast audiences and to spread everywhere in the world. The Americans were just going to follow that road.

Woodstock is the first time in American history that such a mass of essentially white people gathered to listen to that kind of music, white, black or latino musicians together. That music is polyrhythmic and that creates a mental way of thinking that is interesting. The brain can naturally think and work along several lines at the same time, but if you make it a requirement, a style, a way of thinking it clearly implies people who are different can dance together, can mix and be together.

That music is mentally, psychologically, and even psychically multiple and if two, three or four rhythms can live together why should we segregate among people any group as opposed to another, even any gender as opposed to the others. Equality in total diversity, guaranteed diversity in the very recognition of the differences of the others and the particularity of myself as not opposed, not compared but simply contrasted to the others. The world was becoming a symphony of all kinds of things and in the human sphere anything that appeared as a limit was to be gotten rid of. Even grammar for some was fascist. Good riddance.

Every single particularity I decided for myself or I assume in myself became a choice and implied that I was myself and unique and that all other human beings around me were themselves and unique and that we could all live in total peace and fraternity or brotherhood or sisterhood or sorority by assuming all these differences and by letting them come to the surface of our life, to the conscience of our brains, to the reality of our existence. The First amendment became the central axle of this new world perfectly in phase and harmony with that polyrhythmic music I am talking of.

In other words this polyrhythmic vision is the direct production and embodiment of that first amendment. It became the music of the people for the people by the people. We were leaving Gettysburg behind in history and making it into our flag, banner, motto, ethics. Are we conscious of what I am explaining? Of course not, otherwise I would not have to explain all that. So celebrate Woodstock as the turning point in human history that would never have been possible without the bringing of millions of black Africans to America, even if that was a crime against humanity, and without the globalization that started as soon as Auschwitz was liberated, quite a few years ago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars LOST YOUTH VOLUME 2 LONDON is going underground, 30 May 2012
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"The most talked about true life novel of 2012 has arrived : Every Cambridge student is taking this novel underground to share with the masses as already it's gained a cult like following." BBC Radio 4

R.I.P Syd Barrett

"Pink Floyd fans around the world have embraced both true life novels titles LOST YOUTH VOLUME 1 and the follow up novel LOST YOUTH VOLUME 2 LONDON. In memory to Syd Barrett, 50p from each future online book sales will be donated to the charity that is connected to Syd and has his sister as the trustee." New York Times.

Lost Youth Volume 2 London is the follow up to the critically acclaimed bestselling novel, `Lost Youth Volume 1 New Zealand`. Rolling Stone Magazine.

Here now continues this incredible true life story of one man's life that took him from a lonely prison cell in New Zealand to England bound at the young age of 20 years old.

Once in London in 1995 without knowing anyone and with only the clothes on his back, he campaigned for the next 5 years of his life for the release of the notorious gangland crime boss Reggie Kray from a 30 year prison sentence.

What was to come next in the author's life was unexpected as not only did he step straight into the underbelly surroundings of the British underworld, one of the most powerful gangland families in British history, he too was swept into the world of show-business.

Starting out in the music industry in 1995 thanks to the kind hearts of two people, a lovely Irish lady by the name of Eileen Sweeney and an old school Irish gentleman by the name of Vince Power.

The author was given work at The Mean Fiddler in Harlesden, which at time was the most famous live music venue in all of the British Isles.

He then went on to making a career for himself, going on to working with such names as Michael Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Tricky, Elton John, Janet Jackson to name only a few that saw this young man take the correct path in life rather than a life of crime.

He chooses rock n roll rather than a life spent behind jailed bars. He turned his life around for the better and went onto great heights that could never have been dreamed of.

This book will take you on one hell of an adventure but one you will need to hold on tight as there are many shakes, rattles and rolls along the way.

It is an inspiration to anyone who has ever suffered or given up on their hopes and dreams. It's what films are made of, Hollywood will be sure to be knocking soon.

About the Author

Christian Simpson lives in London with his fiancé. He has a beautiful daughter Angel-Grace from a previous relationship.

He is a successful bodyguard, looking after the rich and famous, including foreign royal families. He recently took two years off work to write two incredible award winning novels telling his own story about his incredible life.

He set out on his journey and wrote these books in such places as London, Paris and as far as Australia and Cuba. While it was a struggle from the very beginning, as he had never written a book before and suffers from dyslexia, it is something he proudly accomplished on his own without the help of others.

He has hope that one day he can give up personal security work and become a full time writer so that in the future he can set up a charity for others, who they themselves have had a rocky childhood like his.

Christian knows first-hand all about a troubled life. Christian as a teenager was imprisoned in some of New Zealand`s most dangerous prison's for gang related violence.

He fought to turn his life around and make something of himself which he managed to do with huge success, including writing two amazing heartfelt books covering his early life.

He is now being spoken about in the United Kingdom as a new shinning star in the book industry and has fast become one of New Zealand's most talked about exciting new authors.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading.., 19 Aug 2009
Uneken Dan (Jerez, Spain) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Woodstock [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I find the title ®Woodstock® 1969 misleading!!
The film is NOT on these DVD's!!!
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