Long Strange Trip: Amazon’s Grateful Dead Doc Tripping Into Theaters

Long Strange Trip

Some stories are too big to be trapped on the small screen. Whether you’re a fan or not, there’s no question the Grateful Dead’s multi-decade odyssey is one of those stories, and Amazon seems to agree. The Amazon original documentary Long Strange Trip, which hits Prime Video on June 2, will now receive a theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles beginning May 26.

Directed by Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Long Strange Trip follows the legendary rock band from its roots in 1960s California, up through the death of guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia and the subculture of die-hard fandom that persists to this day. Amazon scooped up the rights to the film prior to its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Early reviews are strong.

Here’s how Amazon describes Long Strange Trip:

Long Strange Trip probes the creative forces, subversive ambitions, and interpersonal dynamics that drove the Grateful Dead in their 30-year career. The first biographical film authorized and supported by the band, LST includes never-before-seen archival footage (of performances, backstage, and home movies) as well as new interviews with band members and cultural critics.

Loyal Deadheads are used to long runtimes for their entertainment, but be forewarned before you grab tickets: Long Strange Trip definitely isn’t kidding about the “long” part. The epic documentary clocks in at a whopping four hours. So maybe skip the jumbo soda. When it premieres on Amazon Prime, the documentary will be split into six more manageable chunks.

Of course, there’s also a soundtrack release (how could there not be?). The Amazon Exclusive Long Strange Trip soundtrack is set to release on May 26, the same day the flick’s limited theatrical run begins. The three-disc set will include rare and unreleased Grateful Dead recordings, so it should be a must-have for the true Deadheads out there. The album is available for pre-order right here.

David Wharton

David Wharton

David Wharton has been a freelance writer and editor for over 12 years, contributing to publications such a The Daily Dot, CinemaBlend, GiantFreakinRobot, Cinescape, and Creative Screenwriting. He lives in Texas with three children, four dogs, and his wife. Email him at davidwharton@streamingobserver.com.
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