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The Decline of Western Civilization Part II-The Metal Years [VHS] (1981)

Joe Perry , Steven Tyler , Penelope Spheeris  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Gene Simmons, Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley
  • Directors: Penelope Spheeris
  • Producers: Guy J. Louthan, Jonathan Dayton, Paul Colichman, Valerie Faris
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: April 21, 1993
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302725623
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Heavy Metal Documentary

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not punk, it's METAL-and it's better!! November 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is about Eighties HEAVY METAL. .
This flick interviews up and coming glam bands who made their home in the L.A. scene. Also interviewed are some of the genre's idols including Kiss, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Poison, Megadeth, Lemmy from Motorhead and of course, Ozzy.
Also, spotlighted performances from bands such as Faster Pussycat, Odin, London (Nikki Sixx's old band), Seduce and Megadeth.
The movie's range of topics include groupies, alcoholism, drugs, the glam image and why it attracted so many people from many walks of life.
The movie's funniest (and saddest) segment includes filmmaker Penelope Spheeris's attempt to interview a W.A.S.P. guitarist in his pool, drunk as a skunk and with his MOM sitting right there!
This was what I grew up on and I still prefer it to grunge or rap-metal. It was feel good music that was more interesting than the current crop of sullen/politcal rock groups that all seem to sound alike.
For those of you who looked down on this stuff, you might want to check out this documentary with open minds.(Remember those?)C'mon, you know you want to.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD PLEASE April 12, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
PUT THIS THING OUT ON DVD ALREADY. Christ, you can get Spheeris' "Suburbia" on DVD, and that thing is a piece of garbage compared to this movie. This is a classic time capsule, and having to buy this thing on Amazon for $45-$50 is a joke.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah memories......... May 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The 80's LA metal scene. Where the winners rose to the top and the losers died in obscurity. This vid has it all for those who love the hair rock, brain dead, heavy metal 80's.
Highlights include-
1. Ozzy Osbourne interview in his kitchen as he's attempting to make his own breakfast.
2. A drunken Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.) lounging in his pool slamming straight vodka and tries to conduct an interview while his obviously embarrassed mother looks on.
3. Odin. A band that was going to be the 'next big thing'. Never heard of them? This video is the only place you'll ever hear of them.
4. Lemmy Kilmister, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry inputting their own little snips and two cents randomly through out the film.
5. First hand knowledge of what it's like to be in the band 'London'.
6. AN early version of Megadeth and Dave's unique insight.
7. All the bands like 'Seduce' who came to LA to make it big.
And of course the everyday slobs who had to voice their views on everything that is metal. SOme have a brain cell or two while most of them are straight up losers. Also who can forget the 'de-metalizing institute'? A place where parents sent their rocker kids to 'get out of metal'. ...
Great look back at a great time for music.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hollywood Club scene... May 21, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Features interviews with notables in The Heavy Metal genre, fans, groupies, and aspiring musicians, with performances by Odin, Lizzy Borden {still performing}, London {post- Nikki Sixx}, Seduce {who really did possess some talent there}, and Megadeth {before they mega-died}.

Questions range from the plans of the musicians if they are not successful {from what I have seen, most did not - considering their apparent adamance, I wonder how many of them actually became homeless, conformed, became involved in other positions within the music industry, or otherwise died*; among them all. I did recognize Vixen who went on to experience some success with an album}, to the "satanism" angle, which was limited {perhaps thankfully} to 'the devil horns' hand gesture, most comically explained by a Christian probation officer as containing the ubiquitous authority of The Devil with the upthrust fingers, and the three pointing down representing the denial of the Christian trinity, also containing '666' within the bend of the fingers - I honestly do not believe any of the 'rockers' and 'metalheads' even considered that more involved Occult symbology, and just lift it in the air as a habit, but was probably first used by Ronnie James Dio as relating to Heavy Metal. She also had quite a collection of confiscated gauntlets, studded fingerless gloves, spiked bracelets, and collars - no doubt plenty of records and tapes as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intresting look at rock 'n roll June 22, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
"The Decline Of Western Civilization Part II:The Metal Years",is a really interesting look at rock 'n roll. In this documentary,Penelope Spheeris(the girl who directed this)interviews artists/bands from both the 70's AND the 80's,and if you ever wondered what rock 'n roll was like behind the scenes,then this is your place to turn:Rock stars such as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS,Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith,Poison(the band,just so you don't get confused),Alice Cooper,Ozzy Osbourne,etc. are in this documentary,and you get to learn what it is like if you want to make it into the music industry,things that happen once you have made it into the industry(sex,drugs,etc),what some of the rock stars who are in this did once they had made it succesful,among several other interesting facts and stories. You even see probation officers in this documentary who talk about what happened with some parents once rock 'n roll and heavy metal had become so huge,and musicians who claim that they dropped out of school when they were only in seventh grade and musicians who were wanting to make it big when this documentary was made are also in here-which is why this documentary is so interesting and why it also gives Penelope Spheeris "two thumbs up" for doing such a good job at putting this documentary together. Overall,this is a good,interesting tale of rock 'n roll,heavy metal,and decadence,and anyone interested in either one of those things should check this documentary out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars this is about glam where was motley and RATT?
??why is mustaine in this hes thrash? why were motley crue and ratt and Hanoi rocks not in this when they were the kings of glam???? Read more
Published 27 days ago by martyrs fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok
Published 1 month ago by punkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Metal Rules
A Classic. I grew up listening to most of the bands on the video. Watch it for yourself and decide
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth Mason
2.0 out of 5 stars mostly untrue
Firstly the subject was always going to lend itself to having a few morons turn up to talk in front of a camera and plenty of the LA hair scene decided to do so. Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by Mr. J. R. Sandy
5.0 out of 5 stars A time capsule is what this is
Penelope Spheeris' 1988 documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years follows the LA metal scene of the late 1980's. Read more
Published on September 21, 2011 by Tommy Sixx Morais
3.0 out of 5 stars Caimed "New VHS"
Although the DVD?? was new (digital transfer), I thought i was getting a new, in the box, VHS copy. It appears to have been copied from a VHS. Read more
Published on September 7, 2010 by Mark Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings back tears
Great item. I was laughing and crying at the same time the whole video through. Brings back memories.
Published on May 15, 2010 by Jan Knudsen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Metal Years
Overall a great purchase for any 80's metal maniac. I purchased the video through "The Movie People" and will have no problems using them for any further purchases. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by J. Ruck
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted
I recieved exactly what I wanted from the seller and the shipping time was also great.
Published on May 11, 2009 by J. Edgar
5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on DVD already!
It seems like I have been waiting forever for this to be released on DVD. I just can't bring myself to pay the prices people are asking for a VHS tape. Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by Metallichik
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