Discs 1 and 2: THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE (2-DVD)*
(Theatrical film, originally released in 1977)
Filmed in 1974, when the band hired a crew to film 5 pre-hiatus shows at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The film was released in 1977 after more than 2 years of work with a team of editors led by Susan Crutcher. In the liner notes of All The Years Combine, Blair Jackson writes –The Grateful Dead Movie may be the single greatest document of the totality of the Grateful Dead experience."
Discs 3 and 4: THE CLOSING OFWINTERLAND (2-DVD)*
(Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1978)
Filmed in the same location just a few years later, The Closing OfWinterland was shot during the Dead's annual New Year's Eve concert in 1978, which was to be the final show at the venerable arena. Featuring friends like Lee Oskar (War) and Matthew Kelly (Kingfish); John Cipollina (Quicksilver); Greg Errico (Santana) and author Ken Kesey with his Thunder Machine, the playing is loose but intense, the frequent peaks reliably transcendent. The soundãmixed from the 24-track master reelsãis superb. The ClosingOfWinterland DVD is also packed with bonus features galore, including –Winterland: A Million Memories" Documentary Film; Blues Brothers: –Soul Man" & –B Movie"; New Riders Of The Purple Sage: –Glendale Train"; –Making Of The DVD" Featurette; 2 a.m. Interview with Bill Graham by Scoop Nisker; Detailed Chronological History of Grateful Dead at Winterland; and an Alternate Camera Angle Option (–Wharf Rat," –St. Stephen" & –Good Lovin'").
Disc 5: DEAD AHEAD*
(Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, October 1980)
Celebrating their 15th anniversary, the Dead played 15 shows at the Warfield in San Francisco, followed by eight concerts at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to their usual two sets, the Dead opened each night with an acoustic set as well. The final concert fell on Halloween, and was simulcast as a closed-circuit pay-per-view event at 20 movie theaters across the country. Dead Ahead is comprised of songs from the final show and the previous night's show interspersed with comic bits from the Saturday Night Live comedy team of Al Franken and Tom Davis (both big
Disc 6: SO FAR
(Originally released on VHS and laser disc in 1987 ã first time on DVD!)
The award-winning 55-minute conceptual video So Far makes its maiden appearance on DVD in this box. The video contains footage from private sessions taped in Marin County, portions of the 1985 New Year's Eve concert at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, and psychedelic visual material.
Disc 7: TICKET TO NEW YEAR'S*
(Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, December 31, 1987)
Ticket To New Year's, filmed at Oakland Coliseum on New Year's Eve 1987, was also a national pay-per-view telecast. Once again the Dead rose to the occasion and gave the fans in Oakland and many thousands across the country watching in their living rooms a superbly played and energetic show.
Disc 8: TRUCKIN' UP TO BUFFALO
(Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, on July 4, 1989)
Truckin' Up To Buffalo is the complete show from Rich Stadium in Buffalo on July 4, 1989, and it's a hot one. Len Dell'Amico's direction really lets us see the communication between the players when they're –on" ã the subtle cues, the quick exchange of glances and smiles as they dig into a tune or jam. It's really like eavesdropping on the band from an onstage perch.
Disc 9: DOWNHILL FROM HERE
(ALPINE VALLEY MUSIC THEATRE, East Troy, WI, July 17, 1989)
Two weeks and seven shows after the Buffalo extravaganza, the Dead returned to one of their favorite Midwest haunts, Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, for three shows. This scenic amphitheater has a covered seating area and a huge, steep back lawn section that the
Dead had no problem filling by the late '80s. Downhill From Here, which consists of the entire July 17, 1989, Alpine showãsave for three songs at the end of the first set that were swapped out for three from the first set of the concert two nights later ã was one of the first commercial videos the Dead released in the years right after Garcia's death, and it still stands as one of the best.
Disc 10: VIEW FROM THE VAULT*
(Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990)
This show gets off to a rollicking start with –Touch Of Grey" and –Greatest Story Ever Told" and keeps grooving with the old British folk number –Jack-A-Roe." Phil does a great job singing Dylan's –Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," and the encore is an emotional –Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Also worth noting is this disc's bonus materialãfrom the more intimate Cardinal Stadium, in Louisville, Kentucky, two nights earlier. Two of the best numbers on View From The Vault turn up here: a magnificent –Standing On The Moon," sung with tremendous passion and nuance by Garcia; and a hot, bluesy 13-minute excursion labeled –KY Jam."
Disc 11: VIEW FROM THE VAULT II*
(RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 14, 1991)
A few months after Brent Mydland's death in the summer of '90, the Dead had returned to the road as a septet, with the keyboard slot occupied by two players ã Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby. This DVD's bonus footage returns to RFK a year earlier for a portion of one of Brent's last shows. We get a very different-sounding –Dark Star," as well as –Victim Or The Crime," –Foolish Heart" and Phil leading the group through a reassuring and hopeful –Box Of Rain."
Disc 12: VIEW FROM THE VAULT III*
(SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, JUNE 16, 1990)
This concert is revered for its the extraordinary second set, which includes solid versions of –China Cat," –I Know You Rider," –Estimated Prophet" and –Terrapin" before the band launches into one of their most interesting and exploratory jams during this era. The first set is also loaded with goodies, and bonus footage on the DVD consists of the first six songs from the October 3, 1987 concert at Shoreline, and is perhaps most notable for the N'awlins funk rave-up –Hey PockyWay" and one of the few extant video versions ofWeir's slithery –My Brother Esau."
Disc 13: VIEW FROM THE VAULT IV
(Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 24, 1987, and Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, July 26, 1987)
View From The Vault IV captures the complete Grateful Dead sets from two shows in a series of sold-out stadium concerts backing Bob Dylan in the summer of 1987, where the band played their own sets too.
Disc 14: BONUS DISC
Wrapping up the box set is an exclusive bonus disc containing five previously unreleased and never before seen live performances from 1987- 1991, sourced from the Grateful Dead archive, as well as Backstage Pass, the 1992 documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and a brandnew interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.
*includes all bonus features from previous release