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Woodstock: The Director's Cut 
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The director's cut of the documentary chronicling the highlights from Woodstock, the once-in-a-lifetime gathering of rock's greatest stars and Earth's most blissed-out peaceniks. Those performing at the seminal 1969 rock festival included the Who, Santana, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Jimi Hendrix. The original film won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock 'n' roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD.
The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, mid-concert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music--a non-stop parade of rock 'n' roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there--it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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Festivals are so common place now we forget how unique it was at the time. Many kids had no idea how to look after themselves in the country and so the people who made it all possible when out of their way and some went bankrupt to look after the visitors to make sure they were fed and treated for the many medical incidences there were. Drugs were available to everyone and so there were lots of poor kids who had bad trips or didn't understand how to deal with them and so people who were helped were then trained to help the next flow of doped up kids.
The atmosphere there seemed so unique and yes peaceful, people say it was great it was a free festival but it had to be paid by someone and those few people at the top lost millions until this film was bought by Warner Bros. several years later.
Thanks to Michael Wadleigh who managed to get so many camera men with the new cameras to film so much, they must have been exhausted. I would love to see some more of the unseen footage.
I'm a great Woodstock fan, can you tell!?
People were so skinny in those days!
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.