Written August 22, 2013
Awesome movie! I'm not sure, but I think the theater I went to messed up and had only audio for about the first 5 minutes or so of the movie. Not sure if was a legit problem or if someone just screwed up - but certainly enjoyed the movie immensely. They should have photo-shopped "Naked Guy on the Pole" out - or at least cut down on his air time. Glad he was enjoying himself but it was a bit distracting having him hovering over Jerry in what were some excellent shots of JG in action.
Written March 31, 2015
Unfortunately there was one little channel missing in the sound system and that happened to be the one for the lead guitar, so..... yeah, couldn't hear Garcia too well. They tried to fix it maybe half hour in, improved a little, but still not right, couldn't hear Jerry properly. Quite frustrating. Saw the whole thing and got my money back. The film itself is quite good, though could have done w/ a lot less of the low budget psychedelia, especially during Phil's bass solo, and all the crowd shots, particularly the naked guy on the rail behind the stage. But it was 1972 and they wanted to capture "the whole experience" (like Woodstock) instead of like a concert film (i.e, the Last Waltz).
Yeah, seeing a Dead movie and not being able to hear Jerry. But I'd see it again if it was presented properly.
Written October 26, 2014
A grainy, barely-watchable videotape of what became the Dead's "Sunshine Daydream" has been circulating the GD tape trader underworld since the late 80s at least. I contacted Ken Kesey many years ago when he started releasing portions of the film he and the Merry Pranksters made in their trip across America. Kesey said that it would eventually make its way to the public sphere - and, alas, it did - long after Kesey himself checked out of this world.
And it was worth the wait!!! "Sunshine Daydream" is a visual and audio delight. The Dead were playing great after their spectacular tour of Europe that summer and the planets aligned perfectly on that hot August afternoon in Oregon. The cinematography seems dated only occasionally, during close-ups that are WAY too close up for too long, for example, as was de rigueur for rockumentaries in the 70s.
This is a must-see for deadheads and a should-see for anyone who wants to see what the hippie world was really like.
Written October 22, 2014
Great footage of the boys jammin', and super mix, sounds really good. Really vintage "Rider", "Dark Star", and incredible "Sing Me Back Home". I want the DVD! Or more showings.....
Written December 26, 2014
The films audio recording was great not a complete concert like I thought it would be. was a little disappointing that is was not a complete concert, could have done with out the naked man standing behind Jerry about 90 percent of the time you saw Jerry on the screen! But really it just mad you laff! I did enjoy the movie, i just expected more, I walked away thinking... that's it?? The Best Grateful Dead Movie was the first one from Winterland hands down IMOP.. All in all it was good but far from great, video wise really enjoyed the tapestry images, could have use more of that then some of the video that you could not even see...