Pop & Rock (Ramones) Movies on DVD
First, witness punk rock icon Dee Dee Ramone riffing on such subjects as drugs, friends, enemies, loves, and tattoos. Filmmaker Lech Kowalski ("D.O.A.," "Gringo") shot extensive footage of Ramone in 1992 and 10 years later, after Dee Dee's death, turned the footage into the documentary "Hey Is Dee Dee Home" (2003). Also included are Kowalski's bonus shorts "History On My Arms," a playful romp between Ramone and the camera, and "Vom In Paris," which brings Die Toten Hosen drummer Vom Ritchie to the screen to offer his account of a controversial 1989 meeting between Ramone, Johnny Thunders, and Stiv Bators. 113 min. total. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: French, Italian, Spanish.
The world that loved disco in the 1970s was barely prepared for The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated." The band's energizing new musical aesthetic spawned a legion of admirers and imitators, and in this installment from the "Impact: Songs That Changed the World" series, the song's genius and popularity are fully explored. 36 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
"Go Mental" with Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy in this rare Ramones appearance on the German TV show "Musikladen." The punk rock pioneers rip their way through such songs as "Rockaway Beach," "Teenage Lobotomy," "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "California Sun," "We're a Happy Family," and more. 51 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English stereo.
"Hey, ho, let's go!" back to the Golden Age of Punk Rock with Joey, Johnny, Marky, Dee Dee, and C.J. with this collection of vintage concert and road footage, TV appearances, home movies, and other oddities from the late '70s to the band's 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Teenage Lobotomy," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Pinhead," and "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." are among the featured songs. 105 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; bonus footage; featurette; more.
Throw on your Schott jacket, tie your Keds tight, and get ready to rock out with The Ramones! This program profiles the influential American punk band and includes a wealth of rare performance footage, as well as interviews that shed light on the group's stunning career. Also includes a collectible booklet. 60 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English.
On September 12, 2004, an array of musicians gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Ramones' debut performance and to raise money for cancer research. Recorded three days before guitarist Johnny Ramone died from the disease, this benefit concert (hosted by Rob Zombie) includes appearances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, Deborah Harry, X, Henry Rollins, members of The Ramones, Nicolas Cage, and many more. 76 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English stereo; audio commentary.