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Heaven on 4 discs,
This review is from: Woodstock [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Just fantastic. The original movie had a profound effect on my life when i saw it on its first release in 1970 in Leicester Square, London... the audience sang along and I was hooked. It's a film to which i've returned time after time, being the essence of my hippie generation at its peak.
What this 4 disc DVD collection does (along with Woodstock Diaries) is give us glimpses of some of the sets the original movie missed, and it's fascinating stuff. Here'smy points to watch out for:
1) We get to see the Grateful Dead (who spent years not allowing their performance to be publically released) performing "Lovelight" and you can see why it was never part of the movie. Pigpen, their earthy singer before he died in 1973 and on-off lover of Janis Joplin, could not really command the crowd, and his usual facility with words fails him here ...he's reduced to repeating "now wait a minute" way too many times. Babbs, a Prankster,stumbles on stage to provide a stoned and pointless monologue, and Garcia looks discomforted, with Lesh virtually out of camera shot. The song rises eventually to a fiery climax, but its an opportunity missed.
2) Canned Heat are a revelation. Fantastic performance from them. They made it into the director's Cut, but here you see them in greater detail. What a band.
3) Bert Sommers shows up on the Woodstock Diaries. Worth checking out... a great missed Woodstock legend.
4) Hendrix? I'm one of those who thought his performance sloppy... which is what people thought at the time.
5) Joan Baez shines out, a great star of the era.
Lots of mini documentaries about the filming of the movie, its cultural significance and so on.
Cynics have scoffed, the entire hippie ideal rapidly became a sort of easy historical joke: but it was no joke, and all those flower children produced seeds...