Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Decline of Western Civilization films get re-release on home video

Coming March 4 from Shout! Factory are the first two films of The Decline of Western Civilization trilogy, to be released on Blu-ray and DVD. 

The Decline of Western Civilization (1980) and The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988) will be available for the first time as standalone sets with this release.

Originally perceived as shocking and outrageous at the time of its original release in 1980, the first film in Penelope Spheeris’ trilogy, The Decline Of Western Civilization, is now often considered a historically significant work of art by museums and educational institutions around the world.  
Including performances by X, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, Fear, Catholic Discipline, Germs and Alice Bag Band, the film captured the spirit of a major cultural phenomenon. 

The second film in Penelope Spheeris’ music documentary trilogy takes a fast-paced look at the heavy metal scene of the late 1980s. Set in Los Angeles, the film explores struggling musicians, fans and star-struck groupies. 

Featuring Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Poison and members of Aerosmith, KISS, Motorhead as well as performances By Megadeath, Faster Pussycat, Lizzy Borden, London, Odin and Seduce, this chapter also chronicles the lonely naiveté of the striving bands, the endless flow of alcohol and drugs, and the relentless discrimination.

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