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Festival Express
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

The Band; Delaney & Bonnie & Friends; The Flying Burrito Brothers, Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird; Janis Joplin; Mashmakhan; & Sha Na Na

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes 10 bonus

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): n7573
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For Some Language
(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 89
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/2/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Bob Smeaton
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Several top musical groups (including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and The Band) boarded a train with a camera crew in 1970, and made several stops in Canada for a multi-part rock festival known as Festival Express. Not only is concert footage from the stops included, but there is also documentation of the goings-on aboard the train and interviews (past and present). (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits imagery that varies depending on the source element. Much of the 16mm-originated images are, expectedly, gritty and grainy, but the interview segments are clean and solid. The color scheme for the concert and on-train footage often delivers the nostalgic visuals with a slightly washed-out appearance that can otherwise appear nicely balanced. Source element artifacts are also noticed throughout, including serious scratches and plenty of dirt. Still, the picture quality is typical for a documentary and does a fine job of delivering the visuals. (Suzanne Hodges)

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