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Grateful Dawg
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 59 (April 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Joe Graven & Jim Kerwin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by the director and David Grisman, bonus performances, filmographies, outtakes, music video (

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 07168
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Brief language
(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 82
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/05/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gillian Grisman
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Special Notes:
Mis-labeled on the jacket as a full screen edition.

Story Synopsis:
Grateful Dawg reveals the unique bluegrass connection between Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Featuring previously unreleased versions of the songs "Grateful Dawg," "Off To Sea Once More," "Sweet Sunny South," "Sittin" Here In Limbo," and "Arabia," Grateful Dawg will electrify fans and music lovers of all ages. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
Miscredited on the jacket as being full screen, the non-anamorphic 1.66:1 DVD picture is of varying image quality. There are some black-and-white shots, as well as color, mostly sourced from home video recordings. The picture can look downright poor at times. Interviews are generally sharp with well-balanced color fidelity. Aliasing problems are noticed throughout, as well as other distractions related to the source elements. Overall, there is nothing impressive regarding image quality. (Suzanne Hodges)

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