‘Grateful Dead Movie’ encores at Meet-Up

The 2017 Deadhead meet-up celebrates the 40th anniversary of the good old "Grateful Dead Movie." The feature film screens at 7 p.m. local time on Thursday, April 20, accompanied by footage from the upcoming Dead docu "Long Strange Trip." There's also a "mini-documentary" about the band's May 8, 1977, show at Cornell University, one of those storied Dead gigs. The Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies began in 2011 and has carried on once a year ever since. The first Meet-Up also featured (a restored) "The Grateful Dead Movie." Pay-per-view specialist Fathom Events organizes and manages the screenings. Venue information and tickets for the 2017 Meet-Up can be accessed via the Fathom web site. Meanwhile, the Dead documentary "Long Strange Trip" will premiere in cinemas in New York … [Read more...]

Amazon takes a ‘Long Strange Trip’

Amazon Studios has snapped up rights to the six-part Grateful Dead documentary "Long Strange Trip." The docu, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and overseen by Martin Scorsese, debuts on the Amazon Prime streaming service May 26. "Stranger than fiction -- a user's guide for an impossible journey," drummer Hart said of the project. The 4-hour "Long Strange Trip" premieres Jan. 23 at the Sundance Film Festival, with Dead veterans Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir on hand to toast the project. Director Bar-Lev is a festival regular. Bar-Lev made the acclaimed 2007 documentary "My Kids Could Paint That" as well as 2010's "Tillman." He was attached to an ill-fated Jerry Garcia biopic with the working title "Dark Star" back in 2010. Executive producer Scorsese said: "I've always … [Read more...]

Dead’s movie close-up from Foxboro

Another Grateful Dead tradition comes of age -- go figure. The sixth annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies is set for May 11, with the screening of an unreleased concert from July 1989. The Dead movie night again comes via the band's label, Rhino, and the cinema one-off specialist Fathom Events. The main event is the entire Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, dating back to July 2, 1989. It was the "tour-opening show from what would be one of the Dead's best tours of their final 15 years of performing," organizers say. Key tracks at the Sullivan Stadium show included 12 minutes of "Friend of the Devil," a rare opening of "Playin' in the Band," and "Eyes of the World." The gig featured an extra helping of psychedelic-era covers, including "Queen … [Read more...]

‘The Other One’: Bob Weir docu shines

"I've led kind of an unusual life," says Bob Weir, in a moment of understatement. "I've seen stuff that no one has seen," the guitarist adds, bringing to mind that "Blade Runner" replicant in the rain. And yes, Weir says, quoting himself: "It's been a long strange trip." The rhythm guitarist for the Grateful Dead steps out of the long shadow of Jerry Garcia in the documentary "The Other One," which just made its public debut streaming on Netflix. The film, by Mike Fleiss, offers a splendid collection of clips, some fine musical performances by Weir and recent collaborators, and of course a snoutful of nostalgia for Grateful Dead fans. It's an entertaining, fast-moving film whose revelations will be revelations only to non-fans. The documentary likes to stay in … [Read more...]

Dead’s movie night from Alpine Valley

Time to Meet-Up at the Movies for the fifth time, Grateful Dead loyalists. The 2015 edition of the annual movie night is set for Monday, May 4, featuring the Dead in performance from 1989, at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin. It was the final gig of the Dead's three-night residency in Alpine Valley (near East Troy). The July 19, 1989, show ran almost three hours, with the band working extra hard for rain-soaked fans. "It was our Woodstock," one Wisconsin native recalls. While the big-screen video is billed as "never before seen," the set 1 closers of "West L.A. Fadeaway," "Desolation Row" and "Deal" were included on the concert video "Downhill From Here." That title was released on VHS and then DVD in the late '90s. Highlights include "Sugaree," "Box of Rain," "The … [Read more...]

Dead docu film to mark half century

One of the highlights of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary will be an official film documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and overseen by Martin Scorsese. Bar-Lev made the acclaimed 2007 documentary "My Kids Could Paint That" as well as 2010's "Tillman." He was attached to an ill-fated Jerry Garcia biopic with the working title "Dark Star" back in 2010. "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years," the surviving members of the Dead said in a statement. "With our 50th anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese." Scorsese, of course, has long made films displaying his love of rock music. His film … [Read more...]

Review: ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on Blu-ray

The long-awaited Blu-ray of "A Hard Day's Night" comes with the prominent subtitle: Directed by Richard Lester. Truth in packaging, as the Criterion Collection's smashing release of the Beatles' film puts the focus squarely on the iconoclastic director, whose vision and bravery under fire made what could have been a forgettable "jukebox musical" into a classic of several genres. "A Hard Day's Night" makes most critics' best-ever lists. The Beatles' first and best film is widely considered an electrifying mix of great music and hip comedy, both a time capsule of the swinging '60s and a timeless entertainment. Roger Ebert called it "one of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies." Respect hadn't led to respectful treatment. Legal wrangling followed "A Hard Day's Night" … [Read more...]

Dead movie Meet Up from ’72 tour

The Grateful Dead Meet Up 2014 is set for July 17, with cinemas nationwide unspooling a performance from the legendary 1972 European tour. The show wasn't optimal -- an audience-free TV gig at Germany's Beat Club that draws shrugs and mixed reviews from most bootleg wags. Still, the audio appears to be reworked and the lineup includes Ron "Pigpen" McKernan just two months before he left the band for good. The promoters, as usual, are Fathom Events and Grateful Dead partner Rhino Entertainment. The program is listed as running 1 hour 40 minutes. You can find a cinema via the Fathom Dead Meet Up event page. (Oddly none is to be found in San Francisco.) The July 17 screenings include an "exclusive" documentary on the making of the box set "Spring 1990" featuring mastering engineer … [Read more...]

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ via Criterion

"A Hard Day's Night" -- one of the best rock 'n' roll movies ever made -- looks to get all the loving it deserves with a full-blown Blu-ray release via the Criterion Collection. The Blu-ray includes "a new 5.1 surround soundtrack made by Apple Records" in DTS-HD Master Audio, apparently with Giles Martin doing the heavy lifting. There's also a mono mix. Street date is June 24. (The Criterion combo set includes both a DVD and Blu-ray.) Criterion is considered the premiere video company for film reissues, which should reassure Beatles consumers weary of botched versions of this beloved title. The TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles plans a "world premiere restoration from the original negative and presented in collaboration with Janus films." The festival runs April 10-13. … [Read more...]

Weir, Lennon docus bow at film fests

The biographical documentary "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" has landed a slot in the prestigious Tribeca indie film festival. It's billed as a world premiere. Tribeca says Weir is profiled by director Mike Fleiss ("God Bless Ozzy Osbourne"), who "reimagines the whole wild journey in this magnetic rock doc and concert film, with memorable input from bandmates, contemporaries, followers, family, and, of course, the inimitable Bob Weir himself." Update: Weir will perform after the Tribeca debut of the music documentary. Weir is busy wrapping a two-month tour with his band Ratdog. The Grateful Dead spinoff Further is "on hiatus." The film appears in the festival's Spotlight section, which "focuses on films from established and emerging filmmakers." The fest … [Read more...]

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