The Grateful Dead Movie: Extended 2 DVD version

Grateful Dead

DVD release 2004

An extended 2 DVD release of the 1976 full length feature movie. Bonus material includes additional performance footage and 3 documentaries. The movie has been remastered from the original film negative in High Definition, and the original audio has been fully remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 channel and 2 channel audio.

The contents of the two discs are roughly as follows.

Disc 1 (approx 135 minutes);

  • The Grateful Dead Movie
  • Feature length commentary track with supervising editor Susan Crutcher and film editor John Nutt
Disc 2 (approx 175 minutes);
  • Over one and half hours of previously unseen performance footage including performances of; Uncle John's Band, Sugaree, The Other One>Spanish Jam>Mind Left Body Jam>The Other One, Scarlet Begonias, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Dark Star and Weather Report Suite
  • Visible Lyrics option for bonus Songs
  • A Look Back documentary film
  • Making of the Animated Sequence documentary film
  • Making of the DVD documentary film
  • Television commercial for Mars Hotel album from 1974
  • Demonstration of multi-camera and multi-track audio mix
  • New interviews with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux and Steve Parish
  • Photo gallery of production notes, photos, film stills and other historical items from the movie's production
  • 24 page booklet with photos by Bruce Polonsky, Dave Patrick, archival items and an essay by Dennis McNally.
The original movie is centred around footage of the band and crowds at the Winterland shows on October 1974. There is an opening animation sequence and a brief historical sequence in the middle of the movie. The movie includes parts or all of;
  • U.S. Blues
  • Going Down the Road
  • Eyes of the World
  • St. Stephen
  • The Golden Road
  • Stella Blue
  • Morning Dew
  • Late for Supper
  • The Wheel
  • One More Saturday Night
  • Truckin'
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Ripple
  • Playing in the Band
  • Casey Jones
  • It Must Have Been the Roses
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Eep Hour
The musicians playing at the shows that form the majority of the movie are;
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Donna Godchaux
  • Keith Godchaux
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • Phil Lesh
  • Bob Weir
  • Mickey Hart (one song)
Credits for the original movie;
  • Producer - Eddie Washington
  • Directors - Jerry Garcia, Leon Gast
  • Executive producer - Ron Rakow
  • Animation - Gary Gutierrez
  • Cameras - Jonathan Else, Thomas D. Hurwitz, Kevin Keating, Don Lenzer, Stephen Lighthill, Albert Maysles, David Myers, Richard Paup, Robert Primes
  • Editors - Susan Crutcher, John Nutt, Lisa Fruchtman
A 6 inch strip 35mm film from an actual theatrical print of The Grateful Dead Movie was distributed with copies of the DVD set that were pre-ordered from the Grateful Dead online store.

The movie was originally released to theaters in 1976 and on video in 1981:

A 5 CD soundtrack set was released in conjunction with the remastered movie; The 2 DVD expanded edition of the movie was subsequently released as part of the 14 DVD box set:
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