WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Musical Performance

Reviewed In Issue 11 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Joan Baez, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker & The Grease Band, Country Joe McDonald & Country Joe And The Fish, Crosby Stills And Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Santana, John Sebastian, Sha-Na-Na, Sly And The Family Store, Ten Years After & The Who

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2.5
Sound Rating: 3
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 13549
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $49.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 225
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1970
(LD Release Date): 9/9/94
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Michael Wadleigh
(Screenplay/Written By): NA
(Story): NA
(Music): Various
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): NA
(Visual Effects): Pacific Title & Warner Bros. Imaging Technology
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): T. Schoonmaker
(Supervising Sound Editors): L.A. Johnson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Bob Maurice

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): Various

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): RE: Dolby
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(Remastered Dolby Digital):
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This Best Documentary Academy Award®-winner brilliantly captures the rock concert event of the 20th Century. This release, as with the previous LaserDisc release, has its sights restored and its sounds revitalized. This is the 25th anniversary edition which features an additional 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage.

LaserDisc Picture:
The movie, shot entirely in 16mm 1.37:1 is presented in its original widescreen multi-image format with multi-aspect ratios measured between 2.90:1 and 1.80:1. Various split-screen and multiscreen, and double-NTSC screen compositions provide an al-most “home movie” effect, and the picture quality throughout is extremely variable. The raw picture quality does, however, capture the emotion and energy depicted in this mesmerizing trip down Rock’s memory lane.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is has a passable stereo presence and conveys the rawness of the “live sound” Rock concert performances.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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