Written October 23, 2014
was told it was 2 and a 1/2 hors but it was only two, and only one and a 1/2 hours was music, on that stand iwas dissapointed. but the dead is always good.
Written August 20, 2014
This was my first time attending a Grateful Dead Meetup at the Movies event but it won't be my last. It was a great time - terrific sound and cool people - I only wish drive-in movies still existed so it could really be a party!!
The film itself was amazing. Always heard about this show, but to finally see and hear it in top quality was mind-blowing... the boys were really at the top of their game. And any time you might get a little bored, there was footage of some naked hippie to make you laugh! Kudos to the team that produced it, remastered it and made the documentary that showed before. Well done!
Written November 26, 2014
Overall it was outstanding experience (except for the very boring crowd). I danced in the side aisles. The opportunity to be so very close to Jerry, Phil, Bobby and Billy was a gift.
Written October 20, 2014
Here's a concert movie in serious need of editing: eliminate the boring kaleidoscopic ads for the Dead's favorite tie-dye artist; trim the backstory about the Creamery; even--can I actually be saying it?--cut the number of naked dancers in the crowd (at least the unattractive ones!); and just give us more of the Dead's wonderful music! Were these handful of songs--excellent as they are--the only ones recorded, or recorded well? Seems hard to believe. You can see what the filmmakers were going for, an overview of the Big Picture, but the music--the reason we're paying to see the movie--arrives too late and departs too soon. A bit of a wasted (no pun intended) opportunity here.
Written August 27, 2014
This film starts off as a documentary about why the concert was put on in the first place- to help save the Springfield Creamery in Oregon. The Dead and Ken Kesey had been in twin orbits for about 6 years at this point, and the Dead were finally able to pay back Kesey and the Pranksters for giving them an auspicious start at the Acid Tests, where anything and everything went, which served the Dead very well as they built their "music plays the band" ethos.
The extremely hot day on which the show took place is a main character in the early part of the film, which then gives way to about 90 minutes of the Dead, minus PigPen but very prominently featuring Keith Godchaux on piano (although he is hardly in the film visually) at an absolute peak in their jamming prowess. Seeing Jerry close up on his birthday was a really pleasing experience, and their performances on this hot day are HOT. Vocals are on, jamming was the code of the day, and it was all for a good cause too. See it!!