Blu-ray, DVD Release: Monterey Pop

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 12, 2017
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Criterion

Here’s the lowdown on the classic 1968 rock-doc Monterey Pop:
On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the beginning of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll.
Monterey featured career-making performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few performers in a wildly diverse lineup that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and Ravi Shankar.
With his characteristic vérité style – and a camera crew that included the likes of Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens) and Richard Leacock (Louisiana Story) – director D. A. Pennebaker (The War Room) captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Hendrix burning his, Mama Cass being blown away by Janis Joplin’s performance. And so on, and so on….
Rock and roll….
Criterion’s director-approved Blu-ray and DVD editions of the documentary include the following: 
* New 16-bit 4K digital restoration of Monterey Pop, supervised by director D. A. Pennebaker, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* Alternate soundtrack featuring a 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
* THE OUTTAKE PERFORMANCES: Two hours of performances not included in Monterey Pop, from the Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Blues Project, the Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, the Electric Flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, the Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who (Blu-ray only)
* Audio commentary by Pennebaker and festival producer Lou Adler
* New interviews with Adler and Pennebaker
* Chiefs (1968), a short film by cameraman Richard Leacock, which played alongside Monterey Pop during its inaugural theatrical run
* Interview from 2002 with Adler and Pennebaker
* Audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
* Photo-essay by photographer Elaine Mayes
* Monterey International Pop Festival scrapbook
* Trailers and radio spots
* An essay by critic Michael Chaiken
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.