Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock

Overview

Forget about the "Rage" in the DVD title because this is actually a surprisingly affectionate documentary on the history of West Coast hardcore punk rock. The DVD contains a clean transfer of the hour-long documentary and adds many extras, including a commentary track, extra video and concert footage, music-only tracks, and even extra interview subjects. The director commentary track details some of the travails of making this low-budget movie and shows that the "do it yourself" punk philosophy influenced the ...
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Overview

Forget about the "Rage" in the DVD title because this is actually a surprisingly affectionate documentary on the history of West Coast hardcore punk rock. The DVD contains a clean transfer of the hour-long documentary and adds many extras, including a commentary track, extra video and concert footage, music-only tracks, and even extra interview subjects. The director commentary track details some of the travails of making this low-budget movie and shows that the "do it yourself" punk philosophy influenced the making of the picture. The theatrical documentary focuses on six well-selected interviewees (Jello Biafra being the most well-known), who illustrate different aspects of the punk scene that started in the late '70s. While these six range from highly intelligent to practically brain-dead, and from bright-eyed to somewhat pathetic, all were eccentrics who felt out of touch with the "hot tub & Quaaludes" aspects of 1970s California culture and many name the Eagles as creating the kind of rock & roll they distained. Instead of being hardcore purists, many of the subjects view hip-hop culture as taking the place of the punk underground they helped create. While these interviews offer some new insight into punk, some of the extra DVD footage is with homeless street punks and it sadly illustrates how a scene that once attracted an array of people from all walks of life is now a meeting place for unwanted druggies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • UPC: 022891432098
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mvd Visual
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,815

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Grisham
Keith Morris
Duane Peters
Jello Biafra Interviewee
Don Bolles Interviewee
Gitane Demone Interviewee
Technical Credits
Michael Bishop Director, Musical Direction/Supervision, Producer
Scott Jacoby Director, Producer
Harold Bishop Art Director, Producer, Production Designer
Nancy Byron Associate Producer
Dwayne Lyon Co-producer
John Vargas Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chpt Search
1. TSOL-Property Is Theft [3:38]
2. The Screamers-Vertigo [1:19]
3. The Weirdos [1:13]
4. The Germs-Caught In My Eye [:37]
5. TSOL-Code Blue [2:37]
6. TSOL-Superficial Love [1:29]
7. Circle Jerks-Wasted [2:22]
8. Circle Jerks-Back Against The Wall [2:01]
9. U.S. Bombs [2:30]
10. U.S. Bombs [5:00]
11. Christian Death [2:32]
12. Germs [7:54]
13. Dead Kennedys-Police Trunk [2:01]
14. Dead Kennedys-Too Drunk To Fuck [15:38]
15. Flipper-Sex Bomb [12:49]
16. Gitane Demone-Solitary Wars [:36]
17. Jack Grisham-Spit Out The Rage [2:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Bonus Materials
      Bonus Video
      Directors' Comments
      Bonus Audio
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great source of info from the people who were there.

    this movie gave me lots of info on bands and also introduced me to one I had never heard of. for those who think this movie is about concert footage or shows then you might be dissapointed because this movie is mostly an interviewing of important characters from the movement. but there are a few great clips of a lot of bands (including screamers,weirdos,germs) that have very hard to find concert footage of so you should enjoy those a lot. it is also good that they have included the U.S. Bombs (the last great punk rock band.) The interviews are very entertaining and interesting (except for demones i found hers kind of lame and boring)the special features are kind of limited, bonus video (which is pretty good) directers notes and bonus audio (only 3 songs?). so this movie is very entertaining and helpful and answers a many questions. so I hope you found this review helpful and if anybody knows the name of the song the weirdos are playing in the video then email it to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    ''Rage'' is Awful

    This film doesn't deliver anything it promises. The interviews are terrible and poorly edited. With all the people in this movie who've done and seen so many incredible things you'd think there'd be at least a few interesting moments, but there are none. The title is also misleading: according to these filmmakers, ''20 years of punk rock'' is the same thing as ''punk rock 20 years ago.'' Even if you're looking for a documentary about punk rock 20 years ago, ''Rage'' won't satisfy you. It's a shame, too, because the topic is really rich and would make a great movie. This is about as far from a great movie as you can get.

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