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Chris Nashawaty
June 03, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Woodstock

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A

Let’s start with the packaging. A hulking, three-disc box ?upholstered in groovy suede fringe. If David Crosby is ever reincarnated as an over-the-top DVD gift set, you’re looking at it. But get past the silly boomer chintz and director Michael Wadleigh’s amazing documentary remains rock & roll bliss four decades after the fact. Despite the Who’s ”We’re Not Gonna Take It” and Jimi Hendrix’s ”The Star-Spangled ?Banner,” the music is the least interesting part of the film. More impressive are the 400,000 young faces, stoned and smiling in their muddy hippie Eden, who spread the good vibes and let their freak flags fly while avoiding the brown acid. EXTRAS include never-seen performances cut from Woodstock (Canned Heat’s ”On the Road Again” is a standout) and interviews with the filmmakers, including editor Martin Scorsese. A

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