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Following the festival, a documentary of the film simply titled “Woodstock” was released in 1970. The movie encompasses multiple aspects of the festival held in Bethel, NY and includes the chronology from preparation through cleanup. The content involves the positive and negative aspects of the show spanning from extraordinary performances to drug laden atrocities on stage. The movie which was directed by Michael Wadleigh won best documentary at the Oscars and was nominated for two other awards including best film editing and best sound (we are still not sure how it didn’t win that one).
The film was edited so the full experience is not documented, though a director’s cut of the film was released which contained footage unseen in the original version. The remastered director’s cut of the movie is scheduled to be released on Blue-Ray and DVD on July 28, 2009 and will include an hour of concert footage not seen in the original version of the film.
The upcoming film based on the autobiography of Elliot Tiber titled “Taking Woodstock” offers a different perspective to the historical event. Tiber was a man caught in the tempest of organizing what would be a defining event in music and American culture. Directed by Ang Lee, starring Demetri Martin as Tiber, and set to be released in August 2009, “Taking Woodstock” promises to be a unique view of the festival through Tiber ‘s eyes. With the 40th anniversary of Woodstock approaching, the movie is one of many pieces of media that will document Woodstock and its importance in American history.
The Jimi Hendrix Woodstock performance is seen as the brightest and most influential moment of the music festival. The DVD includes the entire set at Woodstock of a man who is still revered as the best rock guitarist of all time. Not only does the performance signify quite possibly Hendrix’s best performance, but it marks the largest concert of his career before his death in 1970 soon after Woodstock. The DVD was re-released in and included 30 extra minutes of footage related to the performance that shaped rock and roll and solidified Hendrix’s place as one of the greatest.
>>Woodstock: The Lost Performances (1990)<<
In 1990, a DVD was released which highlighted the footage cut from the original documentary and included previously unreleased footage of The Incredible Sting Band, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, and Joan Baez among others. The 69 minute long movie has footage included on the director’s cut of the original film and includes even more unseen footage that newer versions of the film have to offer. Woodstock: The Lost Performances is a great movie for fans of the festival interested in seeing more than is commonly seen.