Directed by D.A. Pennebaker
USA 1986/87

Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding arrived in California virtually unknown. Returning stateside from London, where he had moved to launch his musical career, Hendrix exploded at Monterey, flooring an unsuspecting audience with his maniacal six-string pyrotechnics. Redding, venerable star of Memphis’ Stax record label, seduced the “love crowd” in one of his best—and last—performances. Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey feature the entire Monterey sets of these legendary musicians, performances that have entered rock and roll mythology.

 

Posters

 

Theatrical Release: September 7th, 1986 - Toronto Film Festival

Jimi Plays Monterey - Reviews    More Reviews    DVD Reviews

Shake!: Otis at Monterey - Reviews    More Reviews    DVD Reviews

Comparison:

Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

DVD Box Cover

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 169 - Region 1 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine # 169 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

This Blu-ray is also available in Criterion's 2 disc  Blu-ray The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection (directed by D.A. Pennebaker)

         

Runtime Jimi - 48:50 , Otis - 18:57 Jimi - 49:02.356 , Otis - 19:09.565
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  30,933,659,806 bytes

Feature: 16,241,233,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

DVD

Bitrate:

Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS) DTS-HD Master Audio English 4468 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4468 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core:
5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Subtitles None None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

Jimi Plays Monterey
• Audio commentary by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray
• Trailer
• Video excerpt: Pete Townshend on Monterey and Jimi Hendrix (4:40)

Shake! Ortis at Monterey
• Two audio commentaries by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick: the first on Otis Redding’s Monterey performance, song by song; the second on Redding before and after Monterey
• Interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding’s manager from 1959 to 1967 (18:43)

 

• 12-page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date: June 13th, 2006

Keep Case
Chapters: Jimi 12 - Otis 5

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion Collection

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size:  30,933,659,806 bytes

Feature: 16,241,233,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.96 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

Jimi Plays Monterey
• Audio commentary by music critic and historian Charles Shaar Murray
• Trailer
• Video excerpt: Pete Townshend on Monterey and Jimi Hendrix (4:40)

Shake! Ortis at Monterey
• Two audio commentaries by music critic and historian Peter Guralnick: the first on Otis Redding’s Monterey performance, song by song; the second on Redding before and after Monterey
• Interview with Phil Walden, Otis Redding’s manager from 1959 to 1967 (18:43)

 

• 12-page liner notes booklet

Blu-ray Release Date: September 22nd, 2009
Transparent thick Blu-ray Case
Chapters: Jimi 12 - Otis 5

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION Criterion Blu-ray - September 2009: These transfers were taken from the same elements as the DVD, but are rendered in 1080P. The original transfers were approved by D.A. Pennebaker - and according to the liner notes are from a 35mm dup negative although the original s surely look like 16mm.

It's all the same as the original DVDs but colors occasionally show some divergence (improved skin tones, and tighter overall) and grain appears as thick as a plush shag rug. The original 8-track analogue tapes have been converted to lossless DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 4468 kbps and both films sound unreal. You likely will never hear Hendrix sound this crisp, rich and deep - ever. It's the biggest appeal of the set. There are no subtitles - and little need for them for Philips narration. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked disc.

Supplements are duplicated with the same commentaries and the brief Pete Townshend video excerpt and 20-minute interview with Otis Redding’s manager Phil Walden. The 12-page liner notes booklet is also included.

Essential rock-documentary and an easy purchase for those even remotely keen. The audio is the key selling point in my opinion and we, no doubt, recommend.  

Gary W. Tooze

***




 

ON THE DVD: Criterion are making some of their boxsets a little more accessible by divvying up the discs into single editions. We saw this recently with Truffaut's The 400 Blows separating it as an individual purchase from their Antoine Doinel Box. This is another example -  the original 3- DVD Complete Monterey Pop Festival package by Criterion came out in late 2002 and included DISC ONE: "Monterey Pop" (also available separately now HERE), DISC TWO: "Jimi Plays Monterey" and "Shake! Otis at Monterey" and DISC THREE: "Monterey Pop -- The Outtake Performance". This is a decent gesture as it doesn't lock in the purchasers to obtain the entire contents of the combined collections if they are not keen on everything included.

What we have here are two short films on a spectacularly unique piece of kinetic musical history that evolved to a true cultural anomaly. Eviscerating even beyond those who may be keen on the music and lore - this has something of value to offer. Pennebaker's two documentary films capture beyond the gigs, which, with Hendrix dieing in 1970 and Otis Redding's equally historic Monterey set, just three months before he was killed in an airplane crash, already give insights into the performers. The commentaries and other extras define this DVD as the absolute definitive on these two films - I especially enjoyed Pete Townsend's frankness (wish it was the entire - not just an excerpt) although I got something out of everything I viewed and heard. As far as the image quality goes both are new high-definition digital transfers, supervised by D.A. Pennebaker and the audio is re-mixed by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital and DTS. This is considered 'archival' and it's not going to look or sound any better folks.

It is almost impossible not to get caught up in the energy and 'feel' that these films exude. You need not be a fan of the music to appreciate this incredible DVD, but simply from a historical standpoint, and viewing the extensive extras, you probably will.   

Gary W. Tooze

 


DVD Menus


Shake!: Otis at Monterey Menus

 


CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION

 

Screen Captures

 

Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

 


Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

 


Criterion Collection - Region 1 - NTSC TOP vs. Criterion Collection - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM
 

 

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 


DVD Box Cover

Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 169 - Region 1 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine # 169 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

This Blu-ray is also available in Criterion's 2 disc  Blu-ray The Complete Monterey Pop Festival - Criterion Collection (directed by D.A. Pennebaker)

         




 

Hit Counter

 

DONATIONS Keep DVDBeaver alive:

Mail cheques, money orders, cash to:    or CLICK PayPal logo to donate!

Gary Tooze

Mississauga, Ontario,

   CANADA

Thank You!