On November 1, the Grateful Dead Movie will see its first Blue-ray release through Shout! Factory. Originally released in 1977, the Grateful Dead Movie captures the Dead’s five performances at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom in October of 1974. These shows were the last to feature the famed Wall of Sound and sent the group on hiatus until the following year. The Blue-ray release includes a deluxe 2-disc set, with the film on both Blu-ray and DVD and an extensive slate of bonus features.
Included in the bonus features are a feature-length commentary with supervising editor Susan Crutcher and film editor John Nutt, documentaries “A Look Back,” “Making of the Animated Sequence” and “Making of the DVD,” in addition to an extensive photo gallery of production notes, photos, and other historical items. Shout! Factory and Rhino Entertainment are also planning future releases of The Closing Of Winterland, Dead Ahead, Truckin’ Up To Buffalo, Ticket To New Year’s, Downhill From Here, View From The Vault, View From The Vault Vol. 2, View From The Vault Vol. 3, View From The Vault Vol. 4 and So Far, a film from 1987 that is only available on VHS and laserdisc.