Written January 29, 2015
I've owned the bootleg of the movie for years, and though I've never considered it perfect, I've always cherished it as an accurate document of the Dead experience in 1972, a year I didn't get to see them. Committed, videogeek Deadheads have worked on this video for years to make it look better from the old VHS copies available back when Jerry was still alive, but it's never looked amazing. This transfer looked as good as it can with current technology thanks to the expensive restoration job they did. The music sounds amazing on the new version, but it's not all there. The edits are not necessarily better, but it does make it a much shorter movie to digest. If you're a serious Head, you need to own this when it becomes available.
Written March 30, 2015
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!!
Written May 23, 2015
This film was clearly enjoyed by many in the audience as a nostalgic evening. Laughter and some applause. The music was hypnotic and I could understand why everyone at the original event was danciing, but we found the poor quality of the 1972 film unappealing and left early.
Written October 27, 2014
I wish they would do these more often than once a year. Also a good idea would be to offer the DVD/CD packages with a promo code for discount when you buy the ticket. i was not sure i was going to be able to place an order because so many people attempting to after the movie last night.
The movie was grate. Sound, video all outstanding.
I placed my order for DVC/CD package this morning.
Written December 28, 2014
The movie was fantastic a terrific way to celebrate Jerry's birthday.
But i didn't have to buy my tickets from fandango and spend an extra
$2.50 per ticket.