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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1955
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post is having a huge sale on Grateful Dead DVD's with up to 52% off of MSRP. Most titles are half-off so get 'em while you can. Sure beats the Dead's official site ( prices by a mile.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4096
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 1:11 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Kevin!

I can't buy 'em all, so anybody want to post some recommendations?

I have:
The Grateful Dead Movie
The Closing Of Winterland
View From The Vault (1)

And I highly recommend all three. I think the sound quality on View 1 is very good with a good balance between all the instruments. The video quality is very good too; however, it's the feed that they send to the big screens at the concert, so there's a bit of psychedelic stuff at one point. Brent is the keyboard player and is very good. The whole band plays well, and Jerry is in pretty good form for this period. 1990.
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1195
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 2:29 pm:   Edit Post

add truckin to buffalo if available
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4098
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Flax. Yes I'm looking at that one. Also looking at Downhill From Here, Dead Ahead, and the other three Views.
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1956
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 4:59 am:   Edit Post

I've read mixed reviews about the "vault" series, but I'm buying them along with the "Downhill" and "New Year's" discs in order to satiate my compulsive completist complex, LOL! They said the magic words: HALF PRICE!

Dead Ahead is decent...I had to have it as I was one of the lucky one's to catch that historic Radio City run in '80. As mentioned elsewhere, skip the Franken/Davis schtick as it is truly bad, LOL!

FWIW, even though it's not part of the sale, "Festival Express" is worth it's price just for the Dead's footage alone (and the rest is decent too). There's not much video documentation of Pig Pen around, and this is a chunk of what's available. Add Jerry and Bobby on acoustic (only seen elsewhere on "Dead Ahead", to the best of my knowledge) as was de rigeur in those days, and we have a winner! LOL!

While I'm at it, the "Classic Album Series" DVD of the making of American Beauty and Working Man's Dead is awesome as well. Don't forget the Jerry at the Shoreline Ampitheatre (filling in for a Dead date that was cancelled due to the death of Brent) DVD.


Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1482
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post


"The rest [of Festival Express] is decent too"???!!!!

IMHO, Festival Express is one of the finest DVDs out there from the era. The drunken jam on the train with Janice, Rick Danko, Jerry and various others is worth the price of admission alone. A MUST have, even at full price. In spite of the fact that the kids in Canada rioting because of the "outrageously high" ticket price of $16 makes me feel old! LOL

FWIW, I enjoyed the Franken & Davis routines when they ran them out in S.F., especially the "Jerry's Kids" bit. The auction of Jerry's finger was a bit gross, but hey, gross can be funny. I haven't seen this particular DVD yet, but if it's the same bits, I'd say it's worth checking it out and making your own assessment.

Another favorite moment is the nitrous oxide scene in the Dead movie. Very imaginative and effective from the days before computer graphics took over special effects.

And, of course, in all of these discs, there is the music!

Bill, tgo

(Message edited by lbpesq on July 18, 2006)
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1196
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

lets cut to the chase
Username: pts

Post Number: 13
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 8:43 am:   Edit Post

I have Downhill and Buffalo.

Downhill: Culled from the 3-night Alpine '89 run, roughly simulating a single concert. They could have done a much better job choosing songs: who decided "Good Times Roll" as an opener over the killer "Bucket" from the third night - or "Built to Last" rather than "Althea"?!? Highlights, though, are an excellent "Deal" and "China Cat>Rider"

Buffalo: Enjoyable all the way through. Highlights for me were "Cold Rain & Snow" and Jerry & Brent trading licks off each other in "Not Fade Away."

I used to have View I; thought the first set was lacklustre and occasionally sloppy, but the second set had some fine moments.

I rented View II from the library, and enjoyed it right through, particularly the jammed-out Maggie's Farm and of course, a Dark Star.

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