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NYHC (2008)

Frank Pavich  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Frank Pavich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Halo-8
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00118SUIO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "NYHC" on IMDb

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"Hard, brutal, and honest." --Skratch Magazine

"A fantastic gem." --Slap Skateboard Magazine

Product Description

Originally released as a now-legendary underground VHS tape in 1999, N.Y.H.C. will come to DVD for the first-time as a deluxe 2-Disc Set.

This incarnation features interviews with Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Lou Koller (Sick of It All), Lord Ezec (Crown of Thornz, Danny Diablo), Roger Miret (Agnostic Front), Rick ta Life (25 ta Life), Toby Morse (H2O), Vic DiCara & Rasaraja das (108), Freddy Madball (Madball), Tim Williams & Mike Kennedy (VOD, Bloodsimple), District 9, No Redeeming Social Value, and more.

The brand-new "Disc 2" includes "Where Are They Now?" interviews shot ten years after the original documentary, flashbacks of key venues, and previously unreleased live performances of iconic songs by VOD, 108, Madball, 25 ta Life, Crown of Thornz, and more.

N.Y.H.C. is the first feature-length documentary to explore the New York Harcore music scene. Drawings its roots from punk rock, hardcore evolved into a dedicated, self-contained movement, unconcerned with success in the mainstream. The documentary follows seven bands in the summer of 1995, ranging from Bronx inner-city youth to Long Island suburbanites to Hare Krishna devotees. N.Y.H.C. is a surprisingly in-depth and non-exploitive look into a vital and often neglected music community.


-- Commentary by Frank Pavich (director), Stephen Scarlata (producer), & Kevin Gill (SFT Records)
-- Trailer
-- Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Dutch, Japanese


-- Madball (1995 at Coney Island High)
"New York City"
"Down by Law"
"Streets of Hate"
"Never Had It"

-- VOD (1995 at Northport Pipeline)
"Formula For Failure"

-- 108 (1995 at Northport Pipeline)
"No Spiritual Surrender"

-- 25 Ta Life (1995 at The Pipeline)
"Separate Ways"
"Short Fuse"
"Inside Knowledge"

-- District 9 (1995 at Coney Island High)
"Pushed To The Edge"

-- No Redeeming Social Value (1995 at "Crucial Chaos" NYU Radio Show)
"No Regrets"

-- Crown Of Thornz - 1995 at Coney Island High)
"Love Sick"
"The Hard Way / Crown of Thorns"

-- Coney Island High (NYC)
-- The Pipeline (Newark NJ)
-- Northport Pipeline (Northport, Long Island)

-- Alternate Intro (9 mins)
-- "Religion" (9 mins)
-- "In Effect Magazine" (2 mins)
-- "Moshing" (2 mins)
-- "Fights / DMS" (8 mins)

-- Rick Ta Life interviews Tommy Rat (6 mins)
-- No Redeeming Social Value at NYU (8 mins)
-- Jimmy Gestapo & Todd Youth (10 mins)
-- The Philosophy of John Joseph (6 mins)
-- Conversations with Lord Ezec (6 mins)
-- Speaking The Truth with Myke & Todd (6 mins)
-- Loki & His Animals (8 mins)
-- A Hospital Visit with Roger Miret (2 mins)


-- Rick Ta Life (11 mins)
-- Tim Williams & Mike Kennedy of VOD (16 mins)
-- Freddy Madball & Toby H2O (18 mins)
-- Lord Ezec (aka Danny Diablo) (24 mins)
-- Myke Rivera of District 9 (19 mins)
-- John Joseph of Cro-Mags (11 mins)
-- Kevin Gill of SFT (17 mins)
-- No Redeeming Social Value (32 mins)
-- Mike Dijan of Crown Of Thornz (13 mins)

-- Lou Koller of Sick Of It All
-- CBGB: Last Rites at the Last Ever Sunday Hardcore Matinee

Customer Reviews

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT NYHC January 8, 2009
By David
Let me start by writing that I was there, at CBGB, nearly every Sunday, from 1984 to 1988, until I relocated. And even then, over those 4 years, when the scene was at its peak, I felt like I missed out on so much. So how does this documentary get to be titled NYHC when it focuses almost exclusively on the nineties? I don't get it. I expected it to cover the development of hardcore in New York, starting with the arrival of the Bad Brains, and moving on from there. But no.

No HR interview.
No Vinnie Stigma.
No Harley Flanagan.
No Todd Youth.
No War Zone, Token Entry, Youth of Today, Bold, Underdog, Reagan Youth, Krakdown, Sick Of It All, Rest In Pieces, etc. etc. etc.
NO HILLY KRISTAL (RIP) interview!!!!! This was filmed before he passed away, and they didn't even take the time to meet with the man who had enough foresight to give us hardcore matinees. Instead, the directors went to Northport, Long Island.

Not even any references to the Rock Hotel, or Chris Williamson.

These people, and many more, were the heart and soul of the NYHC, and they are entirely omitted from this documentary.

Save your money. Buy American Hardcore instead. It's much more thorough, with great interviews with hardcore veterans from around the country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WORTH IT February 13, 2009
Could have covered alot more and included some more significant bits and pieces. Lots of average hardcore bands. Not 100% happy with the overall message thats conveyed although its not all bad. It got 4 stars. Theres heaps here. And the bonus material is gold. Roger miret, Freddy madball, john joseph (agnostic front, cro-mags). must have for hardcore bretheren
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly made, incomplete documentary of lame NYHC bands November 30, 2009
None of the bands in this documentary can hold a candle to any of the bands from the 80s NYHC scene. The music is so awful that it made me sad that the younger generation would be led to believe that this garbage is representative of the golden years of hardcore from NYC.

I could excuse the omission of the 80s bands if the film was well made and included an interesting cast of characters that had more to say than, "I'm an outcast of society; hear me roar!" Unfortunately, the result is an art student quality film of live clips from (mostly) CBGBs and interviews with band members and fans who are not at all compelling or articulate.

Watching this film made me wish that CBGBs had closed its doors in 1992. Don't waste your time or money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW YORK THUG CORE June 17, 2008
I have been waiting for the DVD release of NYHC Documentary for the last decade, and I am completely pleased with the final outcome. I bought the VHS version back in 1998 at Generation Records in NYC, and have since then watched it endlessly. As the technology has changed along the 21th century, the DVD format was well called for.

If you have the VHS version, there should be no explanations for it. The highlights include the hilarious District 9 interview, Madball playing "Crucified" with Roger Miret, and the fight during Crown of Thornz.
In addition to the VHS contents, there are a great deal of the addition in the live footage of Corny Island High in 1995 (Madball - 4 songs; Crown of Thornz - 3 songs; VOD - 2 songs; 25 ta Life - 3 songs, and so on), which is very good, because I thought the VHS version had too much interviews. There are also the deleted scenes, mostly interviews.

The disc 2 is worth checking out, since there are all new footages.
There are new interviews with Agnostic Front, Madball, Sick Of It All, H20, and VOD. There are also very short footages (only 4 mins) for the Last Rites of CBGB in 2006. I wish they had added more live performances for this CBGB show. Also, they should have included the interviews and performances from other crucial NYHC bands that had also contributed a great deal to the scene around the year 1995, such bands as Warzone, Killing Time, Breakdown, Sub Zero, and H2O.

Overall, this documentary has been a true dedication to the revival of New York Hard Core, and should be an instant addition to your wishlist!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore! April 15, 2008
Great Documentary! thoroughly covered the early 90's NYC Hard Core scene. I felt like I was 16 again watching this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO MUCH FOOTAGE! March 5, 2013
By Julie
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i was really impressed by this set. if youre into new york hardcore and any of these bands, you'll enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars the one the with where are they now December 29, 2008
great flick....classic stuff right here, so glad they put it on dvd, lots of great memories, great bands, and some interesting where are they nows
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great May 1, 2008
Growing up in NYC in '95 -ish...this is a must own...wish they would've gotten some more bands in there....especially Sick Of It All, but if you get the DVD, Lou can explain that.

Definitely worth it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by Carlos Arana
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm
This is to Daddy Punk or Punk Daddy . . . whatever the hell his name is. HR was DCHC not NY. I haven't seen this dvd so don't pay attention to my 1 star rating. Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Bobby BEDPAN
Published on December 16, 2008 by El Cycos
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Over
Hardcore ended in the mid-eighties. It's done, OK? Everything else is just nostalgia.
Published on October 12, 2008 by Thomas Ruddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not representative of true NYHC
Lame bands like the ones featured on this DVD are responsible for the death of the true NYHC scene. These bands (VOD being the exception)are glorified metal bands. 25 ta life? Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by C. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Douglas Mallach Recommended
Douglas Mallach a hardcore and ska musician out of Houston told me to catch this movie. He is a great musician, and I thought if Douglas Mallach thinks highly of it, it's worth... Read more
Published on July 14, 2008 by douglas mallach
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in middle school all over again
This is a totally amazing NYHC doc to own. For someone who grew up as a SXE kid going to shows and being part of the scene, this movie has been like a flash back to those I have... Read more
Published on May 26, 2008 by Rob Mac
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