Festival Express in November

New Line Home Entertainment have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Festival Express for 2nd November 2004 priced at $24.98 SRP. Festival Express is a rousing record of a little-known, but monumental, moment in rock n' roll history, starring such music legends as Janis Joplin, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. Set in 1970, Festival Express was a multi-band, multi-day extravaganza that captured the spirit and imagination of a generation and a nation. What made it unique was that it was portable; for five days, the bands and performers lived, slept, rehearsed and did countless unmentionable things aboard a customized train that travelled from Toronto, to Calgary, to Winnipeg, with each stop culminating in a mega-concert. The entire experience, both off-stage and on, was filmed but the extensive footage remained locked away -- until now. A momentous achievement in rock film archaeology, Festival Express combines this long-lost material with contemporary interviews nearly 35 years after it was first filmed.

With more than 50 additional minutes of exclusive performance footage not seen in the theatrical version of the film, the Festival Express DVD set features the following “bonus” set list:

Grateful Dead “Hard to Handle”
Grateful Dead “Easy Wind”
Janis Joplin “Move Over”
Janis Joplin “Kozmic Blues”
Buddy Guy “Hoochie Coochie Man”
Mashmakhan “As Years Go By”
Eric Anderson “Thirsty Boots”
Ian & Sylvia “Tears of Rage”
Tom Rush “Child’s Song”
Seatrain “Thirteen Questions”
The DVD set also offers 25 minutes of additional interviews, “The Making of the Festival Express Film” featurette, the theatrical trailer and a photo gallery as well as a 16x9 widescreen version of the film with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS and stereo surround sound, with English and Spanish subtitles and closed captions.

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