Written August 02, 2014
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 August 29, 2014
Just to see new Jerry, that was enough. But the music was fantastic. The video coulda been cleaned up a bit more. The animation just clearly sucked. Oh, but that music!!!!
Written September 22, 2014
Only one thing missing- the closing credit attribution to the naked man on the post behind the stage, or was it an elephant in the room? Either way...
Written September 21, 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 August 23, 2014
Too much talk, not enough music. I come to these annual Grateful Dead meet up at the movies events to see concert footage, and to hear songs. A lot of the footage in this film was about the backstory about the concert, and showed interviews with people who were there ( not particularly interesting) and people building the stage (again not interesting). Of course it is always amazing to see the Dead perform, on film or live, but a lot of the film was taken up by one of their super-long trippy jams, which works OK in a live setting when they play for hours, but not so well in a short movie. I would have much preferred to see them play more songs. The film last year at the 2nd annual meet up was much better. Also, I don't mind seeing nude adults dancing, it was kind of fun to see everyone having a good time, but there were some young kids in the audience for whom the film was not appropriate.