On June 9, Warner home video will be releasing a new, extended Director’s Cut of WOODSTOCK containing two hours of never-before-released footage. This new footage includes 18 performances by 13 acts and includes Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, among others. But the best news is that the Grateful Dead have finally given permission for the inclusion of segments of their performance which has never appeared in ANY version of the film before. For the record, the DEAD weren’t happy with their performance which was marred by rain and some ungrounded equipment that resulted in more than a few “shocks” for rhythm guitarist and singer Bob Weir, and therefore chose NOT to have their performance represented in any film version. Until now.
Also making their first appearance in any incarnation of this film is Paul Butterfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Winter and Mountain.
WOODSTOCK: 3 DAYS OF PEACE & MUSIC was newly remastered from original elements and scanned at 2K with a 5.1 audio mix. Woodstock sound engineer Eddie Kramer worked on the audio mix of the newly added footage.
All of this sounds too good to be true. But according to Warners, it’ll be ready for public consumption on June 9th. I, for one, will be doing it Blu.