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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent time capsule.
Even though this was recently made it captures the time period very well indeed.I was not at Woodstock,because I was in the UK at the time,but it was similar Hippy scene over here too,all innocent,exciting time when music, art,fashion and most important,a raising of human consciousness was happening very quickly.The late sixties were a very important to the planet,the...
Published on 8 July 2011 by Anthony J Lambert

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, overly long and ultimately disappointing.
Considering the high quality cast this is a really disappointing film. The plotline is fairly good idea though the story often plods along and it feels every second of its 2 hour running time.
It's one of those films which is hard to categorise, not quite a comedy, not quite a drama, not much of a story and instantly forgettable.
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Ernie


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent time capsule., 8 July 2011
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Even though this was recently made it captures the time period very well indeed.I was not at Woodstock,because I was in the UK at the time,but it was similar Hippy scene over here too,all innocent,exciting time when music, art,fashion and most important,a raising of human consciousness was happening very quickly.The late sixties were a very important to the planet,the youngters broke away from the old order,and Woodstock helped to do that, ending the Vietnam war, on a personal note... bringing Santana to the world,without Bill Graham, who took an active part in the Woodsock event,they would have never been the international success they still are today.
Thanks Bill,RIP.
I have watched this 3 times so far,its very funny,lighthearted and educational there is no music on the Woodstock stage,but plays in the background at times.
The acting is brilliant,and shows very well how it really was at that time in the States and eventually throughout the whole world.
Highly recommended especially for people who are old enough to be in the Hippy movement at that time,if you weren't then perhaps it wont mean so much,but is still a good movie to see.
There are some good bonus scenes too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem, 8 Feb 2011
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I first saw this film on Sky a few months ago and loved it - probably due to being part of the 'Woodstock generation' and always regretting not actually being there. Although there is very little of the actual concert (one very distant shot)the film accuratly captures the mood of the slow death of the dreary repressive 50's and the birth of the new culture. Nothing much happens but it happens very beautifully. This is a very gentle and moving film and I highly recomend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Motel and a Farm and Half a million People., 11 July 2011
This review is from: Taking Woodstock [DVD] (DVD)
For anyone who's ever had a good experience at a music festival, you'll love Taking Woodstock. It's such an upbeat film, you can't help but love it. The film is mostly about the organisation of the event and Elliot(Demitri Martin) experiences with the various people arriving. The film shows as all real Music Festival people know, that it's not all about the music but just getting involved with the masses of people. Elliot doesn't even get close to a main stage yet has a life changing experience just by being a part of the event. The film has a fantastic cast that includes Eugene Levy, Emile Hirsh and Liev Schrieber and Demitri Martin who is superb in the lead role.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be overlooked!!!, 10 Nov 2010
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I am absolutely mystified at the indifferent or lukewarm reviews this movie had from professional critics on its UK release and furious with myself for having missed seeing it in the theater. Watching this on DVD I was pleasently surprised at how good a film this was, how subtle but detailed (and as always how delicate)was Ang Lee's touch...

I went back and read some of the film critic reviews and the major whine they all had was either 'its not Brokeback Mountain, or Lust Caution' or 'nothing much happens' or 'nothing of the concert' is shown. For heaven's sake! This is the true story of a young man who had the permit for a rock concert to be held at his hometown of Bethel ,and who on hearing the organizers of 'Woodstock' had their permit rejected, first at Woodstock and then at a place called Walkill, called up Michael Lang- the guy who was putting the concert together, and suggests he hold the concert there- all this with only days to go before the announced date, and got Lang introduced to Max Yasgur etc. And as his parents owned the motel there, how that became the base and starting point.

Lee's instincts were absolutely right to film a story about what went on at the periphery of a soon to be historic event. Why bother with the concert at all- we have the brilliant WOODSTOCK documentary for that. With his split screen and one or two touching references Lee pays tribute to the movie anyway. As for the criticism about 'nothing much happens' well what they means is the movie is random (like in real life folks!) and probably does not have the neat 'story line' cliches which I so detest! Demetri Martin who plays the young man Eliott Tischberg is fanstastic, but even his performance has been called 'lifeless'by some!!!

It really is the perfect companion peice to the Michael Wadleigh film, and I think time will prove it so. Another thing to mention is how authentic everything looks- from the set design to the costumes to the props (that you may only see flash past as the camera pans) to the brilliant photography and lighting (the title sequence is Zen poem)and it really is like a time machine. A lot of care and money had gone into this film but I guess people's mislaid expectations killed it on its relase.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Blu-Ray, 10 Mar 2010
This review is from: Taking Woodstock [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I already have the Blu-Ray, so here is the A/V quality rundown. "Taking Woodstock" is visually very good with clear, highly resolved images, although often presented with some soft-focus. There is very little grain on show even in dark scenes, and close-ups have good depth and plasticity. Ang Lee's beloved tic of combining split-screen images which surfaces a few time here also provides a good chance to evaluate image quality, with all scenes benefiting from being in HD - no detail is lost, no matter how small the section of split-screen. To maintain the 60's look, the film is not a full-on HD showcase where every scene 'pops', but nor has Ang Lee resorted to any annoying tricks like starkly reduced colours, as seen in 'period' BDs like "Baader Meinhof". The only true drop in quality comes from cut-in shots which are (or look as though they are) from the original festival; these are presented in 4:3 which gives an aspect switch reminiscent of "The Dark Knight", only this time with bars at the sides!

Sound quality is very good. Dialogue is well balanced in relation to music and other effects, and particularly the music comes across very well. Surround sound is not used extensively, although unsurprisingly it does announce itself for the scene of the acid trip.

The film is very fresh and original. Very little of the festival and its music is on show here; the film is about the human background. It is about a young man being held back by a domineering and old-fashioned mother, and about the encounter of the 60s big-city counter-culture with the staid, provincial older generation that is trying to pretend it doesn't exist.

Acting is very good with Imelda Staunton and a not initially recognisable Liev Schreiber being amongst the best. I watched this almost reluctantly having never liked an Ang Lee film before and was very pleasantly surprised. Not a film of high drama and the spectacular, but a well-scripted, well-acted grown-up tale providing plenty of laughs and insight into a time and event now the stuff of legend.

At the time of writing the BD is cheaper than the DVD on Amazon. Well worth a spin!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool man, 10 May 2010
This review is from: Taking Woodstock [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a great film the attention to detail for the authenticity of the era is superbly done. A funny uplifting movie of a momentous time in cultural history.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, overly long and ultimately disappointing., 3 Oct 2010
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Considering the high quality cast this is a really disappointing film. The plotline is fairly good idea though the story often plods along and it feels every second of its 2 hour running time.
It's one of those films which is hard to categorise, not quite a comedy, not quite a drama, not much of a story and instantly forgettable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating film, 16 Oct 2013
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Well acted and interesting merging of fact and fiction in this nostalgic look back at an iconic few days. A little over-indulgent in places but overall an enjoyable film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heard the music watch how it all started, 19 July 2013
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A pleasent movie about some very ordinary people creating a piece of History.
I originally saw a trailer for this on another dvd, i also like the work of the director Ang Lee i dont think this movie went public at the cinema as his other projects have, but as always with Ang the movie is about relationships and people. If you enjoy woodstock music and the original musical movie give this a try you just may enjoy watching this, showing how a piece of history happened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good, Light Touch Gay, 14 April 2013
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New respect for the hippy generation from watching this story inspired by a true tale. Better than Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain from the gay perspective, with Demetri Martin playing a great Elliot. A feel good film, definitely, with all the context of real life and the times before your eyes, giving the whole thing depth. One for the classics shelf, sitting comfortably alongside Stonewall and documentaries of that era.
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