Festival Express (R2) in February

Optimum Releasing have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Festival Express for 28th February 2005 priced at £19.99. Complete with bonus tracks, interviews and behind the scenes footage every home with have the opportunity to experience what may have been the last great rock 'n' roll ride with Festival Express on DVD.

Features include:

  • 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • The Making of 'Festival Express'
  • Extended Interviews
  • Bonus tracks:
    • 1) Thirteen questions
    • 2) Child's Song
    • 3) Thirsty Boots
    • 4) As Years Go By
    • 5) Tears of Rage
    • 6) Hoochie Coochie Man
    • 7) Hard to Handle
    • 8) Easy Wind
    • 9) Move Over
    • 10) Kozmic Blues
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

From the PR:
In 1970, a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of the time. Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Delaney and Bonnie, Buddy Guy, Ian and Sylvia and others lived (and partied) together for five days, giving free concerts when and where they stopped. The train was called the Festival Express. These famous musicians indulged in various vices, joined in on heavily psychedelic conversations and jamming sessions that have to be seen - and heard - to be believed. Nicknamed "The Million Dollar Bash" by Rolling Stone magazine, Festival Express was the party to end all parties.

Although its existence was rumoured, it wasn't until 1994 that the film materials were actually unearthed, amazingly in pristine condition. Two-time Grammy award winning director Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology, Hendrix: Band of Gypsies) brings you the full backstage pass, providing a unique insight into the politics and counter-culture of the era. The live performances were captured professionally with a multi-camera crew, and the lead cinematographer was Academy Award winner Peter Biziou (Mississippi Burning, The Truman Show) The sound quality is just as impressive, having been recorded by Hanley Sound, the mobile unit responsible for Woodstock and is here presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The songs have been mixed by legendary rock music producer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepellin, Santana).

In 1976, The Grateful Dead wrote a song called "Might as Well" about their journey aboard the Festival Express. Thirty years after the Festival Express, Ken Walker, one of the organisers takes pride in his accomplishment, "I think I really accomplished something with that considering my age at the time. I was 22. I remember it fondly. I remember a lot of the people fondly. I made some pretty good friends".

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