One of the biggest cultural events in history will celebrate its 40th Anniversary next year, and Warner Home Video is joining the party with a huge new release. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music Ultimate Collectors Edition will be available on July 28, 2009. The set will contain the restored and remastered Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music Director's Cut film and will include more than an hour of new footage including never-before-seen performances from Joan Baez, The Who, Joe Cocker and more. Cover art and pricing details weren't released, but we'll bring you those details as soon as possible. Here's an excerpt from the press release about what this set will contain.
The restored and remastered release will include more than an hour of newly discovered Festival performances, some never-before-published in their entirety, from a number of artists, including The Who, Joe Cocker, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald and Country Joe and the Fish with more to be announced. The release will incorporate reflections and perspectives from musicians, celebrities, influencers and other giants in the entertainment industry on the cultural significance of Woodstock 40 years later.
The Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray Hi-Def & DVD) will include the four-hour Director's Cut, remastered from original elements and scanned at 2K with audio 5.1 mix supervised by director Michael Wadleigh. The concert original chief engineer Eddie Kramer who was on-site for the festival, is overseeing the audio mix of all of the recently found added footage. In addition to filmmaker commentary, replicas of handwritten notes from Festival attendees, The '60s and the Woodstock Generation - a 40 minute documentary film by noted filmmaker Robert Kline adapted from his book "Children of the 60s,", studio archive letters and other souvenir collectible items. The film has been on moratorium since January of this year and will continue to be unavailable to the public for more than a year and a half until its DVD release next year. Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music will also be available as a stand-alone DVD.