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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:59 am    Post subject: Grateful Dead Movie Reply with quote

Did anybody catch the one-time viewing of the Grateful Dead movie at a theater last night? I went and I am glad I went. I saw the movie a long time ago, I am thinking early 90s) and remembering liking it but not to the point of recommending it to people. The movie showcases their 4-day run at Winterland in 1974 immediately before their hiatus. It was rather long, running at 2:30. So it was with some trepidation that I bought the ticket last night. But it was so different to watch it in a theater...a lot more fun. The movie has been remastered with plenty of additional footage. As opposed to watching the VHS on a small TV with mono sound all by yourself, this was actually a FUN experience. Did anybody go?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went with a friend was blown away, have the movie on dvd and had it on vcr back in the day but its much better on the big screen in surround sound.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went too, but I think I had a much different experience than you two did. I thought the best part of the showing was before the official show started. They were playing Playing In The Band (10/16 version I think) with a photo montage before the two new/old interviews with JG and Bobby/John Barlow. Those interview were almost terrible, IMO. Jerry looked like he was in total freak mode and absolutely could not stop stroking his beard. And Bobby acted like a kook! He had just completed his home studio and he was just itching to get in there and make a bunch of noise for no one to hear. Both of the interviews were really bizarre.

As for the movie, I had the same complaints I had about it before. Most of the songs are cut up when the jamming starts (Eyes and Playing are particularly painful), and the animation sequences just don't work for me. Pretty hokey. The Dew to close (from 10/18) is the peak moment without a doubt. I was also pretty disappointed with the picture quality. Having been shot on 35mm film, I guess I was expecting it to be a lot sharper once remastered. The sound quality, as mentioned, was outstanding, although at times (at least in my theater) it was kind of uneven. Thank goodness we have the remastered soundtrack CDs to listen to!

Overall, I'm glad I went. I was pretty disappointed that only about 50 people were in attendance in a town of 100K, but with the GD having never played in North Dakota, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grateful_nirvanA wrote:
I went too, but I think I had a much different experience than you two did. I thought the best part of the showing was before the official show started. They were playing Playing In The Band (10/16 version I think) with a photo montage before the two new/old interviews with JG and Bobby/John Barlow. Those interview were almost terrible, IMO. Jerry looked like he was in total freak mode and absolutely could not stop stroking his beard. And Bobby acted like a kook! He had just completed his home studio and he was just itching to get in there and make a bunch of noise for no one to hear. Both of the interviews were really bizarre.

As for the movie, I had the same complaints I had about it before. Most of the songs are cut up when the jamming starts (Eyes and Playing are particularly painful), and the animation sequences just don't work for me. Pretty hokey. The Dew to close (from 10/18) is the peak moment without a doubt. I was also pretty disappointed with the picture quality. Having been shot on 35mm film, I guess I was expecting it to be a lot sharper once remastered. The sound quality, as mentioned, was outstanding, although at times (at least in my theater) it was kind of uneven. Thank goodness we have the remastered soundtrack CDs to listen to!

Overall, I'm glad I went. I was pretty disappointed that only about 50 people were in attendance in a town of 100K, but with the GD having never played in North Dakota, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.


I thought Jerry actually sounded very intelligent and articulate in that pre-movie footage. I really dug that dancer on stage. She had the most beautiful breasts ever. :)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went, even though I have seen the movie a good 8 times...it was a lot of fun.

The audience clapped after every song, except the killer Stella??? And three people behind me walked out during the middle of Dew Shocked

What I love/hate about the movie so much is seeing how responsive the audience was to the music, every single person at Winterland those nights was either clapping, dancing or 'zoning out'...granted there's no more Jerry, but where is that kind of excitement today???

Of all the post dead shows i've been to, the only one's I can say the entire crowd (even though there was less than 200 people in attendance) was loving the music is when I went to see Melvin Seals twice this past fall/summer....so much fun!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw it, hadnt dosed in awhile but had some special altoid mints to "help things along." Way epic to see it on the big screen, im used to watching it on a little tv, the music sounded grate in that theater i was really diggin it. Half the attendance was deadheads, but there were some strait squares as well. Overall an epic 4/20

My favorite Dew sounded pretty nice in that theater as well
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gopher wrote:

What I love/hate about the movie so much is seeing how responsive the audience was to the music, every single person at Winterland those nights was either clapping, dancing or 'zoning out'...granted there's no more Jerry, but where is that kind of excitement today???


I would agree Gopher. The Winterland crowd adds a lot to the movie. And that crazy under the stage party scene is something to see.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

O own a copy and every once in a while I break it out, in between work, family, and even sometimes taking a break from the band BUT I have never had the pleasure of seeing it on the bigscreen

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I watched the movie years ago. I got it from Netflix a few months back and the sound was so bad it was unlistenable, I had to turn it off. I wonder if I just got a bad copy, or if the DVD is really that bad. Anyway, the same thing happened when I tried to watch William Shatner in "White Comanche," I sent away for a replacement but it was just as bad.
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