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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival [The Criterion Collection]
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(Dec 18, 2017)
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On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey featured career-making performances by JIMI HENDRIX, JANIS JOPLIN, and OTIS REDDING, but they were just a few performers in a wildly diverse line up that included SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS, THE WHO, THE BYRDS, HUGH MASEKELA, and the extraordinary RAVI SHANKAR. With his characteristic vï¿½ritï¿½ style—and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles and Richard Leacock— D. A. PENNEBAKER (Don’t Look Back) captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass being blown away by Janis Joplin’s performance. The Criterion Collection is proud to present the most comprehensive document of the Monterey International Pop Festival ever produced, featuring the films Monterey Pop, Jimi Plays Monterey, and Shake! Otis at Monterey, along with every available complete performance filmed by Pennebaker and his crew.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New 16-bit 4K digital restoration of Monterey Pop, supervised by director D. A. Pennebaker
- Restored high-definition digital transfers of Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey
- Alternate soundtracks for all three films featuring 5.1 mixes by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
- THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES: Two hours of performances not included in Monterey Pop, from the Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Blues Project, the Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, the Electric Flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, the Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who
- Audio commentaries by Pennebaker and festival producer Lou Adler, and music critics and historians Charles Shaar Murray and Peter Guralnick
- New interviews with Adler and Pennebaker
- Chiefs (1968), a short film by cameraman Richard Leacock, which played alongside Monterey Pop during its inaugural theatrical run
- Interviews from 2002 with Adler and Pennebaker and with Phil Walden, Otis Redding’s manager
- Audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
- Photo-essay by photographer Elaine Mayes
- Monterey International Pop Festival scrapbook
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Michael Chaiken, Armond White, David Fricke, Barney Hoskyns, and Michael Lydon
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The main feature in the Criterion box has had an extra up-to-date restoration, so it looks FANTASTIC. The Hendrix and Otis Redding features and the Outtakes are taken from the older Criterion release, so they look a bit less stunning, but still perfectly fine. The sound is AMAZING.
The only complaint I have is about the bonus disc of other recorded performances filmed but not included in the film .. this didn't play on my set-up .. and to my surprise I found that it was because the disc was covered in finger prints .. not guilty .. however after a thorough clean it played fine.. although these performance are not top quality and nor in surround sound .. shame ..
But overall it's a must for the sound and picture quality of the three main films .. and on pre-order it was only £18 .. a bargain ..
It would be amazing to see a Blu ray of these, the first performances in the west by Ravi Shankar collated from these period recordings that were bank rolled by George Harrison.
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