WOODSTOCK

1970 *****
Original Theatrical Cut runs 185 mins.
Director's Cut runs 224 mins.

Woodstock was an event that defined a generation, and the Oscar-winning motion picture (Best Documentary Feature 1970) is the definitive presentation of the event. In my opinion, the greatest documentary ever created, Woodstock is so much more than just a "concert film." It is a cinematic masterpiece with great storytelling and is constructed in such a way that the concert itself seems to be a character. It feels more like a film rather than a documentary. The original version and the directors cut each have the plusses and minuses. The original version sorely lacks the wonderful Janis Joplin performance of "Work Me, Lord", while the Director's Cut is hampered by the Canned Heat performance of "A Change is Gonna Come". These are mere petty issues, neither of which really hurt the film in any way. I, personally, prefer the original theatrical version, but the Director's Cut is still fully deserving of five stars.
Originally shown theatrically in varying aspect ratios, from 1.78:1 to 2.76:1 for the multi-image sequences.
Rated R for drug content, nudity, and language.

Starring:
Richie Havens + Canned Heat (Director's Cut only) + Joan Baez + The Who + Sha-Na-Na + Joe Cocker & the Grease Band + Country Joe & the Fish + Arlo Guthrie + Crosby, Stills & Nash + Ten Years After + Jefferson Airplane (Director's Cut only) + John Sebastian + Country Joe McDonald + Santana + Sly and the Family Stone + Janis Jopin (Director's Cut only) + Jimi Hendrix

Directed by
Michael Wadleigh


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