Grateful Dead ‘Long Strange Trip’ Documentary Gets DVD & Blu-Ray Release

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Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev’s acclaimed Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead will be issued on DVD and Blu-Ray November 9. Deluxe editions in each format will feature previously unreleased bonus content.

Long Strange Trip premiered at Sundance in 2017 and has been available for viewing exclusively on Amazon Prime. The official documentary mixes never-before-seen performance footage, old interviews and candid moments from the Dead’s vault with new interviews. Surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir were among the figures from the band’s orbit who sat for conversations featured as part of the four-hour film.

The DVD and Blu-Ray versions of Long Strange Trip include the original documentary in stereo as well as a new 5.1 surround mix. A new track features commentary from Bar-Lev and editor John Walter. Long Strange Trip’s Deluxe Edition contains footage of six previously unreleased songs from the Grateful Dead’s May 24, 1970 performance at the Hollywood Festival. The band’s set at the festival in England was their first show overseas. Backstage film from the Dead’s 1970 trip to the U.K. and live performances of “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” from 1989 are additional previously unreleased bonuses found on the Deluxe Edition.

“Around 2003, while winding through the 16mm film outtakes for The Grateful Dead Movie in preparation for its DVD release, I came across a couple of unlabeled cans of 16mm film. I loaded the first reel onto the Steenbeck film viewing/editing table and was amazed by what I saw,” band archivist David Lemieux said in a statement. “Not only rare, exceptional quality material from the performance at the Hollywood Festival, but loads of other terrific footage, showing the band at a Warner Bros. Records party in London (Pigpen surrounded by suits!), at a photo shoot (‘that’s one uncooperative bunch of musicians!’), at a rehearsal hall performing ‘Candyman’ vocal harmonies and, most exciting of all, backstage at the festival. This is truly some of the most remarkable, candid, and interesting footage in existence of the Grateful Dead and we’re thrilled to be releasing the entirety of this wonderful historical document.”

Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead can be pre-ordered here. The Deluxe Editions are available exclusively via Dead.net and are limited to runs of 6,500 DVD and Blu-Ray sets.