Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996

Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996

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Director: George Seminara

Cast: George Seminara, The Ramones

     
 

The Ramones never scored a hit record in the United States and were little more than a cult item through most of their twenty-two year career, but they were also one of the most influential rock bands of their generation, and few artists have enjoyed a more loyal following than the pioneering punk rockers from Queens. The Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996 is aSee more details below

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The Ramones never scored a hit record in the United States and were little more than a cult item through most of their twenty-two year career, but they were also one of the most influential rock bands of their generation, and few artists have enjoyed a more loyal following than the pioneering punk rockers from Queens. The Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996 is a exhaustive collection of performance footage of this legendary band, stretched over two jam-packed DVD's featuring highlights from thirty-three different concerts and television appearances. The quality of the source materials varies wildly over the course of this set -- many of the early shows were shot on video tape with a single black and white camera, while at least one was preserved using Suerp-8 movie film, and the first semi-professional multi-camera shoot pops up eleven songs in. However, the producers of this collection have done a heroic job of cleaning up both sounds and images in this material, and all the material has been presented in its original aspect ratio (which most of the time is the full-frame 1.33:1, though some widescreen footage has been letterboxed). The audio on all cuts has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1, and the quality is surprisingly good on the early stuff and often outstanding on the later material. The songs and interviews are in English (with a few exceptions), with no subtitles or multiple language options included. Bonus features include archival interviews with original members Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone and Marky Ramone, as well as early manager Danny Fields; five extensive galleries of rare photos from different photographers; rare music videos for "It's Not My Place In The 9 to 5 World," "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "Somebody Put Something In My Drink"; clips from the Ramones' appearance on Sha Na Na's television show; video of a Swedish television host attempting to interview Joey despite the language gap; and footage documenting the group's first visit to Argentina. While the documentary End Of The Century: The Story of the Ramones is a superior look at the inner workings of this important band, as an artifact of the band's prowess on stage, The Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996 is practically definitive, and fans will revel in this embarrassment of riches. Gabba Gabba indeed.The Ramones may not have invented punk rock, but they were the first band to create a definitive working model of its sound and style, and their high-speed blast of down-stroked guitars, pounding drums and lyrics about pinheads, sniffing glue, and watching TV influenced literally thousands of bands around the world. The Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996 is an epic-length celebration of the Ramones on-stage, featuring excerpts from 33 different concerts and television performances by the band, ranging from a 1974 set at CBGB only a few months after they started playing in public to a massive concert in Argentina five months before the veteran punks finally called it quits in August 1996. Songs include "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Rockaway Beach," "Pinhead," "Rock and Roll High School," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "The KKK Took My Baby Away," "Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio," "Psycho Therapy," "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg," "I Don't Want to Grow Up" and many, many more.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
UPC:
0603497048328
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Rhino
Region Code:
1
Time:
4:00:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996
   Play It's Alive! 12/21/1977
   Play All
   Shows
      CBGC NYC 9/15/1974
      Max's Kansas City NYC 4/18/1976
      The Club Cambridge, MA 5/12/1976
      Max's Kansas City NYC 10/8/1976
      My Father's Place Roslyn, NY 4/13/1977
      CBGB NYC 6/10/1977
      The Second Chance Ann Arbor, MI 6/26/1977
      The Ivanhoe Theater Chicago, IL 6/2/1977
      The Armadillo Austin, TX 7/14/1977 Early Show
      The Armadillo Austin, TX 7/14/1977 Late Show
      Liberty Hally Houston, TX 7/15/1977
      Libberty Hall Houston, TX 7/16/1977
      Don Kirshner's Rock Concert 8/9/1977
      The Camera Mart Stages NYC 9/3/1977
      It's Alive Rainbow Theater London, England 12/31/1977
   Extras
      Interviews
         Play All
         Dee Dee and Joey: The Beginning
         Tommy: Forest Hills High School
         Danny Fields: Revelation
         Joey and Dee Dee: Influences
         Joey and Danny: Artistic Growth
         Violence?
         What Is Punk?
         Tommy: How I Learned to Play Drums and We Got a Record Deal
         Dee Dee: Coffee and Cigarettes
         Johnny: Hard to Stop
      Extra Bonus!
         Play All
         Argentina: The First Time
         Mandagsborsen
         Sha Na Na Shenanigans
      Super Rare Music Videos
         Play All
         It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World)
         The KKK Took My Baby Away
         Somebody Put Something in My Drunk (Rough Cut)
      Photo Galleries
         Play All
         Danny Fields
         Ian Harper
         Jenny Lens
         Robert Matheu
         Fan Gallery
   Set Up
      5.1 Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo
Disc #2 -- Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996
   Play All
   Shows
      Musikladen at the Beat Club Bremen, Germany 9/13/1978
      The Old Grey Whistle Test London, England 9/19/1978
      Top of the Pops London, England 9/28/1978
      Oakland, CA 12/28/1978
      San Francisco Civic Center San Francisco, CA 6/8/1979
      The Old Grey Whistle Test London, England 1/15/1980
      Top of the Pops London, England 1/31/1980
      Sha Na Na Show Los Angeles, CA 5/19/1980
      Mandagsborsen Stockholm, Sweden 10/26/1981
      TVE Musical Express Madrid, Spain 11/17/1981
      US Festival San Bernardino, CA 9/3/1982
      The Old Grey Whistle Test London, England 2/26/1985
      Obras Sanitarias Stadium Buenos Aires, Argentina 2/4/1987
      Provinssirock Festival Seinajoki, Finland 6/4/1988
      The Rolling Stone Milan, Italty 3/16/1992
      Top of the Pops London, England 6/29/1995
      River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires, Argentia 3/16/1996
   Credits
   Set Up
      5.1 Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo

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