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quick thoughts

The bevy of high quality summer 89/90. Was an apex for the band, and the video/audio is top level quality, so why not dare I ask?
And whatever is left of Winterland Closing 74 (if anything)
And the reels of Festival Express Trip.
And whatever else of high quality is available.

Not picky, would just like "many and often"!!!!

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

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dvds

well, the top of my list would be more stuff from the 70's. the complete 4/17/72 would be amazing. herouville '71 could be made into a nice release. 8/27/72. stuff like that. but... since it is more likely that rhino has access to 80's/90's video, i'll second 7/7/89 as a great example of later day dead. this era is already well represented in video but 89/90 was just a really strong period for the band. keep it coming.

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A few thoughts on DVD's

First off, I own every officially released DVD and lots more that our intrepid friends have produced personally. I have been desperately waiting for a new DVD ever since the re-release of Dead Ahead. I know there is some killer stuff available, because I have a fair amount of it in un-official release. Some ones that quickly jump to mind are the Summer Solstice show with Clarence Clemons and the Germany '81 show. I would really like to see Deer Creek '93 third night (dark star > the wheel) and 5-6-90 (just a killer show). Merriweather Post '85 would be a really stellar pick as 6-30 may be one of the best shows ever. In general, I would appreciate it if some wide angle shots were incorporated into the videos. I know that most of the vids are taken from the screen caps at the venues, which are all close ups, but I experienced the dead most from a distance, with the full light show. The videos that are available, even most of the un-official ones, are all close up shots. Candice did such a brilliant job and her work is almost entirely missing from the video releases. This is a shame, and frankly, leaves me longing for more when I sit down and watch the videos. Just a bit of venting. Frankly, I would be really happy if you would just release some more videos, is one every 6 months too much to ask?

- a very happy deadhead

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having spent some quality time with Festival Express yesterday

...I note in passing that I have no knowledge of any actual extant film or plans to do anything with it, and that watching the film again leads to a lively appreciation of the veritable morass of rights issues probably involved. Bigger than a drive-in movie, oowee. Anything I'm saying is from pure wishful thinking.

That said, though, holy moly. And thank God for freeze frame.

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I dunno...

Since I think there was a fairly diligent search at the time the movie was being made, and this is all they came up with. So they may just be irretrievably gone. But (knowing nothing of Canadian TV), I do wonder if there isn't some logical venue to broadcast the word that people are looking for this stuff and willing to pay. And probably not ask too many searching questions about provenance.

I expect there may be some murky rights issues, and on the other hand some of them may be moot after 35 years. I am not an IP lawyer...

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Not hockey pucks....

The cameramans kids used them as goal-posts. Too big to be pucks. (Up here you can by hockey-pucks anywhere!)

Concerning the missing reels, I wonder who would one entreat to produce these?

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the train came by and I got on it's when it all began

More Festival Express for sure would be very cool. Of all the musicians, not just GD, seems that everyone was in very high spirits. I want to party with these folks some more.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

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actually, badger...

I think I'm going to leave the duplicate up for a bit so the technical folks can look at it. I've seen a gazillion duplicate posts here, but never two hours apart with two intervening posts. That's even weirder than usual!

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I know this is a longshot, but...

I'd love to see a fat bounty offered for the missing Festival Express reels, because the movie, fabulous as it is, is made from about a third, tops, of what was originally shot. Including, evidently, the reels the camera guy's kids used for hockey pucks. It would sure be swell to see the rest of it, "children of Calgary" and all...

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No problem...

I'll just nuke the duplicate. We've been seeing a lot of this lately.

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