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Taking Woodstock Directed by Ang Lee
Taking Woodstock
 Directed by Ang Lee
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A generation began in his backyard…From Academy Award®-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) comes Taking Woodstock, the comedy inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) and his family, who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that it was. When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for his parents' run-down motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbor’s farm in White Lake, New York, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life–and American culture–forever.
Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #62629 in DVD
  • Color: Color
  • Brand: UNI DIST CORP. (MCA)
  • Model: 25192014017
  • Published on: 2010-08-22
  • Released on: 2009-12-15
  • Rating: R (Restricted)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Formats: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Original language: English
  • Subtitled in: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed in: French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Dimensions: .50" h x 5.25" w x 7.50" l, .25 pounds
  • Running time: 121 minutes
  • Product Features
  • Factory sealed DVD
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
    5Makes the whole event more real-some
    By Robert Hedstrom
    I'm 67, old hippy, and I concurrently read both books about the events leading up to the festival: Elliot Tyber's Taking Woodstock and Michael Lange's The Road to Woodstock. And I watched both movies: 'Taking Woodstock' and the doc '3 Days of Peace and Music', and I would try to keep the dates of everything constant as skipped from books to movies; There are many events in the movie 'Taking Woodstock' that didn't really occur and Michael Lange's partner in Woodstock is in '3Days of Music and...", in 'Taking Woodstock, Artie Cornfeld appears twice but is not really at all like Artie. It was really fun, however, to follow the trail to Woodstock through all these mediums, and conclude that it was all worth doing, and I love the movie so much, it takes me back to that time; I was on the west coast doing the same thing, turning on, tuning in, grooving on the sounds and camradery with friends. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. I loved the movie Taking Woodstock, but keep in mind it is not about the concert, it's about events leading up to it. People who didn't live back then may not be able to relate to it. I think this movie is about 30 years in coming.

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
    5Charming and heartfelt...
    By Jadomo
    This movie is not exactly a true story. Don't get me wrong. A lot of it IS true but there was some artistic licsence taken, also. For instance...Elliot WAS responsible for bringing Woodstock Ventures to his home town but he did NOT introduce Micheal Lang to his neighbor, Max Yasgur. These are trivial concerns. Watch the movie for it's entertainment value and you won't be disappointed. It's a charming and heartfelt comedy, that if you just let your mind go, will bring you right back to that wonderful summer in 1969.
    One thing in particular, that I just HAVE to mention, is that there is one scene in the movie that is the most REAL depiction of an acid trip, that I have EVER seen, committed to film! And if you've ever taken really good acid, like what we had back in the 60's, I'm sure you'll agree with me. Nothing "over the top" or unbelieveable hallucinations, that are so often depicted in movies. This is just a great trip! Very natural. Ang Lee nailed it! (The scene takes place when Elliot first gets to the festival site and meets up with a couple of kids who are just sitting by their VW minibus. They drop acid, crawl inside the minibus and...bye bye reality.)
    It's not vital but it is a good idea to watch "Woodstock: Three Days Of Peace And Music", before you watch this movie. Then you can appreciate little things, like the "nun throwing the peace sign", "Wavy Gravy walking around" or the "port-a-san man interview", etc.
    For those who have never seen this movie, I'd like to add that there is NO re creation of the actual concert in this movie. So don't expect any. This is a story about how the concert came to be - period. Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    5True Hippidom
    By Amazon Customer
    More than a little odd but a very accurate depiction of that era as I see it. I was a "hippy" in San Francisco at the time... I did not go to Woodstock because I was broke, very pregnant (my son was born the day after it ended) and didn't hear about it until after it was over... but the characters were as totally accurate as I could imagine. I think it helps other generations understand the era.

    I KNEW people very much like some of the main characters in that film. For example the guy who was a burnt out PTSD Vietnam vet? At least 2-3 of my former roomates would have met that description and acted a lot like him. The lady with the big leather hat whose boyfriend was one of the producers (the guy who knew Eliot) ... acted just like a women I used to live with, who even had that same hat. The couple from San Francisco Eliot took an acid trip with? Just like people I knew in SF. etc etc etc.

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