Thursday, May 28, 2009

SPECIAL NOTICE: Release of 40th Anniversary of Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music, The Director's Cut

Hi all,

Patrick Sammon from Mammoth Advertising ( has sent me notice of a fantastic new release available on Blu-ray and DVD, of the 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition of Warner Home Video's WOODSTOCK: 3 DAYS OF PEACE & MUSIC, THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, with three hours of enhanced content, including two hours of bonus performances, some unearthed after four decades, and with five groups who performed but never appeared in the original 1970 Oscar-winning documentary. The official release date is JUNE 9th 2009.

Watch this cute Youtube video promoting the release:

Here's a review of the original (before this new release) from Jeff Shannon to give you a taste: 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 & 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 nonstop parade of rock & 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.

Product Description

1969 was a year unlike any other. Man first set foot on the moon. The New York Mets won the World Series against all odds. And for three days in the rural town of Bethel, New York, half a million people experienced the single most defining moment of their generation; a concert unprecedented in scope and influence, a coming together of people from all walks of life with a single common goal: Peace and music. They called it Woodstock. One year later, a landmark Oscar®-winning documentary captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it. Newly remastered, the film features legendary performances by 17 best selling artists. Bonus content includes: • NEW retrospective The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock.

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