On April 17 the Grateful Dead will be celebrated with a 14-DVD box set titled All The Years Combine: The DVD Collection, to be released by Shout! Factory in collaboration with Rhino Entertainment.
Conceived as the ultimate tribute to the band’s legendary on-stage prowess, the set includes 12 concert films; a 40-page booklet containing rare photos and new liner notes by Blair Jackson; and all bonus features from previous releases of the DVDs in the set.
As a special treat for fans, it also includes an exclusive bonus disc containing five previously unreleased live performances from the Grateful Dead archive, Backstage Pass, the 1992 documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and a brand-new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.
The set includes:
The Grateful Dead Movie (2-DVD)* (Theatrical film, originally released in 1977)
The Closing Of Winterland (2-DVD)* (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1978)
Dead Ahead* (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, October 1980)
So Far (Originally released on VHS and laser disc in 1987 – first time on DVD!)
Ticket To New Year’s* (Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, December 31, 1987)
Truckin’ Up To Buffalo (Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, on July 4, 1989)
Downhill From Here (Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, July 17, 1989)
View From The Vault* (Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990)
View From The Vault II* (RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 14, 1991)
View From The Vault III* (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, June 16, 1990)
View From The Vault IV (Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 24, 1987, and Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, July 26, 1987)
*includes all bonus features from previous release
Exclusive bonus disc contains:
Five previously unreleased live performances from the Grateful Dead archive
Backstage Pass, the 1992 documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann
Brand-new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux
In 2011 Shout! Factory released The Grateful Dead Movie on Blu-ray, in a deluxe 2-disc set that included a DVD loaded with an extensive slate of bonus features. All The Years Combine: The DVD Collection will contain the DVD version of the film as well as the accompanying DVD of bonus features.
The 12 films in the box set begin with The Grateful Dead Movie, filmed in 1974 when the band hired a crew to film 5 pre-hiatus shows at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. The film was released in 1977 after more than 2 years of work with a team of editors led by Susan Crutcher. In the liner notes of All The Years Combine, Blair Jackson writes “The Grateful Dead Movie may be the single greatest document of the totality of the Grateful Dead experience. Even though it is really just a slice in time showing one incarnation of the group, it completely captures the group’s magical essence — that joyous and strange mystical spirit that was a part of everything they did, from the Acid Tests in 1965 to the last concert at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1995, a month before Garcia’s death.”