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Grateful Dead: Movie, The
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 98 (Jul 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzman, Donna Jean Godchaux, Keith Godchaux & Mickey Hart

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 1.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features on disc two of this two-disc set include seven bonus songs with optional visible lyrics; three documentaries, the 28-minute "A Look Back," which features interviews with very young members of the Dead, the 17-minute "Making Of The Animation," and the 15-minute "Making Of The DVD." There are three Mars Hotel TV Spots, a multi-track/camera demo with optional captions, and a photo gallery. There is also a 24-page booklet filled with rare photos and an essay by longtime Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Monterey Video
(Catalog Number): 319802
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 133
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 0
(Theatrical Year): 1976
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/09/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Jerry Garcia
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Grateful Dead Movie?!!? How did I miss this one? Once a dead head, always a dead head, but did I really look like the rest of these funny looking fans? I'm sure I did, but I tell ya, I had just as good a time as they are having. Check out "U.S. Blues" in animation, and how could anyone not love "Sugar Magnolia?" This two-disc DVD is a definite must-have for all you dead heads out there, young and old alike. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD looks expectedly dated. The source element reveals inherent artifacts and dirt. Colors are murky with low contrast, poor saturation, and little delineation. Blacks are often milky and undefined. There is really little about this picture that looks good, and nearly all of the problems are related to the source element. Still, Grateful Dead fans will think this DVD is far out! (Suzanne Hodges)

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