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Festival (The Criterion Collection)(1967) Blu-ray
 
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Festival Blu-ray
Criterion | 1967 | 97 min | Not rated | Sep 12, 2017

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Subtitles
English

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515203715


Festival (The Criterion Collection)(1967) Blu-ray

Before Woodstock, there was the Newport Folk Festival, which was established in 1959 as a counterpart to the local jazz festival. This documentary focuses on some of the festival's most memorable and influential years -- 1963 through 1966 -- and the footage captures performances from the likes of Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, among others. The artists also ruminate on the roots of their sound and the enduring appeal, and importance, of folk music.

Director: Murray Lerner
Writer: Murray Lerner
Starring: Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Theodore Bikel, Mike Bloomfield, Judy Collins


Festival

Synopsis: Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop, there was Festival. From 1963 to 1966, Murray Lerner visited the annual Newport Folk Festival to document a thriving, idealistic musical movement as it reached its peak as a popular phenomenon. Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, the Staples Singers, Pete Seeger, Son House, and Peter, Paul and Mary were just a few of the legends who shared the stage at Newport, treating audiences to a range of folk music that encompassed the genre's roots in blues, country, and gospel as well as its newer flirtations with rock 'n' roll. Shooting in gorgeous black and white, Lerner juxtaposes performances with snapshot interviews with artists and their fans, weaving footage from four years of the festival into an intimate record of a pivotal time in music—and in American culture at large.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Murray Lerner
- NEW reconstruction and remastering of the monaural soundtrack using the original concert and field recordings, approved by Lerner and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
- When We Played Newport, a new program featuring archival interviews with Lerner, music festival producer George Wein, and musicians Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Buffy Saint-Marie, Pete Seeger, and Peter Yarrow
- Editing "Festival," a new program featuring Lerner, associate editor Alan Heim, and assistant editor Gordon Quinn
- Selection of complete outtake performances, including Clarence Ashley, Horton Barker, Johnny Cash, John Lee Hooker, and Odetta
- Optional English SDH subtitles
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Amanda Petrusich and artist bios by folk music expert Mary Katherine Aldin

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