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End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
     

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

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Director: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone

Cast: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone

 
This critically acclaimed documentary on the long, emotionally rocky career of punk rock pioneers the Ramones arrives on DVD in a strong, straightforward presentation. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Given the vintage of much of the archive material (and the

Overview

This critically acclaimed documentary on the long, emotionally rocky career of punk rock pioneers the Ramones arrives on DVD in a strong, straightforward presentation. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Given the vintage of much of the archive material (and the manner in which it was shot), the image quality is quite uneven, though the occasional glitches tend to add to the impact of the band's story rather than taking away from it. The audio is presented in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital Surround 5.1, and the quality of the sound mix is impressive, giving the performances a tough, full-bodied sound that's even more impressive when you crank it up. The interviews and performances are in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. Bonus materials include the film's original trailer, interview outtakes from many of the participants, and a deleted bit in which it's revealed that Clem Burke, the drummer for Blondie, did a handful of gigs with the band as "Elvis Ramone." Ultimately, the film is the real draw of the DVD release rather than the presentation, but the disc is good enough to satisfy fans who wants to hear the inside story of this great band -- and hear them rock.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Punk rock, as we know it, probably wouldn't sound the same had it not been for Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy. Other bands like the Stooges, New York Dolls, and the MC5 may have come before, but the Ramones' distilled approach -- three chords played at breakneck speed, with an attitude as loud as the amps -- served as a blueprint for the bands that followed, from the Sex Pistols to Green Day. There are a hundred movies you could make about the Ramones: Who, for instance, wouldn’t want to see one solely about the infamous clashes with gun-loving producer Phil Spector during the making of their 1981 album End of the Century? But Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia take the documentary route, summing up the band's 30-year career and legacy with appropriate intensity. They draw fascinating stories from just about everyone ever involved in the band, including the four original Ramones; subsequent members Marky, C.J., and Richie; punk journalist Legs McNeil; Sire Records founder Seymour Stein; Clash frontman Joe Strummer; Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Clem Burke; Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore; and others. (The DVD offers additional interview footage.) The film is at its best when covering the early years, when the band’s youthful energy and us-against-the-world attitude was fresh, and when drummer Tommy Ramone was producing the first four albums, all essential. The second half is the story we hear again and again in rock docs: infighting, drug addition, desperate stabs at commercial appeal, and untimely death (Tommy is the only living original member). Still, with the band’s cooperation, Fields and Gramaglia manage to make this more than your average episode of Behind the Music, and anyone who thinks they know all there is know about punk shouldn't say so until they've seen this.
All Movie Guide
This solid documentary is much like the music the Ramones made: simple, no-frills, and to the point. This approach not only fits the band's aesthetic but also allows viewers to focus on the individual band members instead of the cartoon image that usually dominated any press reports about the Ramones. As a result, End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones manages to put a human face on each of the men behind the music. Each band member is revealed to be a flawed but talented person, each having personalized obsessions that allowed them all to contribute the music in their distinctive way. End of The Century also reveals how the friction generated between these very different personalities led to the creation of some unforgettable and influential music: for instance, the group's famous song "The KKK Took My Baby Away" is revealed to have been inspired by a romantic rivalry of two members over the same girl. A little dirt is dished here and there (especially about the group's notorious, often chaotic sessions with infamous producerPhil Spector) but the filmmakers treat their subjects with dignity and use the personal material to shed new light on the band's persona and sound. The end result makes up for what it lacks in cinematic pizzazz through its insight into what made the group special, and this makes End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones a necessity for the group's fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0603497039920
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
NR
Source:
Rhino
Time:
2:30:00

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Deleted scene: "Clem Burke as Elvis Ramone"; Joey Ramone radio interview excerpts from FM 106.3; Marky Ramone drum techniques; Johnny Ramone interview excerpts; Richie Ramone interview excerpts; Dee Dee Ramone interview excerpts; Joe Strummer interview excerpts; Tommy Ramone interview excerpts; Debbie Harry and Chris Stein interview excerpts; "Who Wrote What on the First 3 Albums" by Tommy Ramone

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joey Ramone Participant
Johnny Ramone Participant
Dee Dee Ramone Actor
Tommy Ramone Participant
Marky Ramone Participant
C J. Ramone Participant
Ritchie Ramone Participant
Arturo Vega Participant
Monty Melnick Actor
Danny Fields Actor
Linda Stein Participant
Micky Leigh Actor
Charlotte Lescher Actor
Rich Adler Actor
Ricky Salem Actor
Mark Ralin Participant
Legs McNeil Actor
John Holstrom Actor
Roberta Bayley Actor
Bob Gruen Participant
Glen Matlock Actor
Joe Strummer Participant
Jayne County Actor
Clem Burke Actor
Deborah Harry Actor
Chris Stein Actor
Walter Lure Actor
Rodney Bingenheimer Actor
David Kessel Actor
Dan Kessel Actor
Rob Zombie Actor
Ramones Actor

Technical Credits
Jim Fields Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer
Michael Gramaglia Director,Editor,Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [1:51]
2. "We Were Real" [5:25]
3. Childhood [18:45]
4. Summer of '73 [11:10]
5. 1976 - London [7:37]
6. 1977 - Pied Pipers [12:19]
7. 1978 - Integrity [7:14]
8. 1979 - Phil [6:28]
9. Beginning of the End [10:05]
10. The '80s [14:44]
11. Calling It Quits [7:39]
12. End Credits [4:32]

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