End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
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.