From the DVD bin: "Punk: Attitude"

Promo text for Punk: Attitude:
"From London's 1970 mod scene to Sonic Youth, punk music has always been about attitude and anarchy. This comprehensive rockumentary traces the roots of punk, from The Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls to the Sex Pistols and The Clash. Punkers Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Tommy Ramone and David Johansen share their wild stories, and there's vintage performance footage of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, The Clash, The Damned and much more."

I was pleasantly surprised with the production values on this documentary. Director Don Letts appears to have done his research, indicated in part by coverage of bands such as the Dictators and the Screamers. I've seen plenty of punk docs that have never so much as mentioned these bands, even in passing. It's also nice to see punk doc go-to commentators like Legs McNeil, Henry Rollins, etc. presenting information and commentary that they haven't spewed a dozen times in other films of this sort.

Letts did a nice job of compiling a fairly comprehensive overview of the influence punk has had on the musical landscape. Seeing as how the intention of the film was to explore the attitude of punk, and not it's history, I can't really complain about a lack of coverage of any given band or artist. There is a nice extra feature on the first disc entitled "Where are they now", where you can catch up on a bevy of prominent figures seemingly lost to the dustbin of punk history.

The second bonus disc is chock-full of extras and includes:
Henry Rollins Interview
Dave Goodman Feature
Women In Punk
Record Companies
The Attitude/Spirit of Punk
Punk on Culture and the Arts
UK Versus the US
Punk Evolution
The Gigs/Performance
The Punk Sound
Feature Length: 88 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Language and Sound: English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Original Release Date: 2005

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