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Ramones: It's Alive 1974-1996 (2007)

The Ramones  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: The Ramones
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 262 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EGEVZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Punk forefathers Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky, Richie, and C-Jay Ramone outlasted almost every one of their legions of followers. For over twenty years, they delivered their signature garage-flavored, ear-shattering chainsaw level and pop-skewed sound through a string of now-classic, loud-and-fast punk rock LPs, and 2,263 concerts together. This new two DVD set captures the essence of the legendary racket they made with over four hours of rare and previously unreleased live footage that's the closest you can get to experiencing this blitzkrieg of a band. From their earliest performances at lower Manhattan's CBGBs to international festivals in front of hundreds of thousands of fans, IT'S ALIVE 1974-1996 is your VIP ticket to the Ramones. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the band may be gone, but their sound and influence are indestructible.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Live Scrapbook on the Titans of Punk. October 2, 2007
Format:DVD
It's indeed a shame that this will never happen again. We'll never see these guys take the stage, never hear Dee Dee count in that first tune. We won't get slammed by the sheer volume and power of it all. We won't get to hear Joey's between-song banter and think, "didn't he say exactly the same thing before this song the last time they were here?"

But even with three Ramones gone for good, THE RAMONES live on, larger and more famous than they were in life, their tunes in a million movies and TV ads, their T-shirts now worn by, well, pretty much everybody. Which brings us to this big, reasonably priced 2-DVD set of Ramones live footage from damn near the very beginning of their career to damn near the very end. Over the course of about four hours (!!!), we see the band's evolution from scrappy up and comers at CBGB to consummate pros filling a stadium somewhere in South America. But take heart: whether they were playing to 60,000 people in 1996 or a few dozen in 1974, these guys - save for the early stage screwups - BARELY CHANGED AT ALL. In other words, they got it right early on and knew better than to ruin a good thing.

The sheer volume of material makes this set a solid winner, but it's those little moments and details that diehard fans will love most. The chance to see Johnny play a guitar other than his white or blue Mosrite. Getting to hear/see such seldom-performed-live classics as "Needles & Pins," "Don't Come Close" and "I Want You Around." Watching the evolution of Dee Dee's hair. The cornerstone of the whole thing, though, is the multi-song segment of the band's performance in London on New Year's Eve, 1977 - the concert during which the 2-LP "It's Alive" was recorded.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "1,2,3,4!!!" October 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Pound for pound, this is one of the best live albums ever released. I bought it on import vinyl back in 1979 and it was one of the first CDs I bought upon upgrading my stereo system. The Ramones smoke through their set list like there's no tomorrow. Recorded on New Year's Eve in 1977 at the Rainbow Theatre in London, this set sounds much better (probably because of Tommy's co-producing) then the recently released "Ramones - NYC 1978" CD which was recorded at The Palladium in New York City just a week later. It also includes "Judy Is A Punk" which is absent from the NYC show. All in all, a must have CD for any Ramones fan. 2 notes to Tod Nelson : it was Dee Dee (not Joey) who shouted out "1,2,3,4!!!" before each song and this CD clocks in at just under 54 minutes not 48 (you may have been cheated). R.I.P. Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Playtime with the Ramones February 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD provides an unlikely source to help me bond with my two young children when I drive them places. With the CD player blaring away, my two year old daughter will sing "Go go go" and "Whoa-oh-oh" and other snippets of the lyrics, and my four year old son with autism will crack a smile, which is pretty expressive for him. Simple chord progressions, repetitive lyrics, and energetic singing is pretty typical in childrens music, and this works for my kids. Yes, some people might claim this is about the maturity level of this band. Daddy bouncing up and down in the drivers seat probably helps the kids get into to it.

Why does Daddy like this CD? It's just pure rock and roll energy. There's barely a pause between songs and the band is in top form. They express a real joy with mindless songs like "Surfin' Bird". There's probably nothing that's been said about the Ramones that I could add here, and most people's opinion of the band is firmly made up, but this CD is a great value for anyone in the "like/love/worship the Ramones" camp.

ONE TWO THREE FOUR!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RAMONES LIVE June 21, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
DISC 1:
1) Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, September 15, 1974)
2) I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, September 15, 1974)
3) Judy Is A Punk (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, September 15, 1974)
4) I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Live at Max's Kansas City, NYC, USA, April 18, 1976)
5) 53rd & 3rd (Live at Max's Kansas City, NYC, USA, April 18, 1976)
6) Chain Saw (Live at The Club, Cambridge, MA, USA, 12, 1976)
7) Havana Affair (Live at Max's Kansas City, NYC, USA, October 8, 1976)
8) Listen To My Heart (Live at Max's Kansas City, NYC, USA, October 8, 1976)
9) I Remember You (Live at My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY, USA, May 13, 1977)
10) Carbona Not Glue (Live at My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY, USA, May 13, 1977)
11) Blitzkrieg Bop (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
12) Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
13) Beat On The Brat (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
14) Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
15) Rockaway Beach (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
16) Cretin Hop (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
17) Oh Oh I Love Her So (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
18) Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Live at CBGB, NYC, USA, June 11, 1977)
19) Rockaway Beach (Live at the Second Chance, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, June 26, 1977)
20) Carbona Not Glue (Live at The Second Chance, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, June 26, 1977)
21) Pinhead (Live at Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago, IL, USA, July 6, 1977)
22) Suzy Is A Headbanger (Live at The Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago, IL, USA, July 6, 1977)
23) Commando (Live at The Armadillo, Austin, TX, USA, July 14, 1977 - earlier show of the day)
24) I Wanna Be Your
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I grew up on this one
I bought this live double LP back in 1980 and it introduced me to punk rock. The energy is amazing and there is 30+ loud, fast, funny songs on it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. F. Harrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon Review Correction
I just wanted to make a quick correction to the Amazon review of It's Alive. It might not be a big deal to some people but if you're a Ramones fan you have to be shaking your head... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Shaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Region for USA
I don't know why it says region 1 in the description. What I received wouldn't play in my region 1 Sony DVD or in my Region 1 PS3.
Published 3 months ago by Thomas E Petty
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Ho just go and buy this
If you're a Ramones fan or a fan of 70's punk this is a no brainer. Great 1977 New Years Eve show at the height of the Ramones power. Original 4 Johnny Joey Tommy and Dee Dee. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Stephanski
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not order this new from US fullfillment, at least in the US
I have ordered it twice. Each time it has been coded for region 2-5 outside the USA and as such is unusable in US built DVD players. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nnanji
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
my husband is a huge ramones fan. and I just got this for him for Christmas. it was just as described. I will buy again. thank you very much
Published 4 months ago by Wendy C.
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY THIS IF YOU LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES
So Dissapointed - DISCS DO NOT play in Region 1 players which is what we have here in the USA. Have to return and wait for refund. This stinks.
Published 5 months ago by James Mastanduno
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock Rollercoaster
Highly recommend will instantly put you in a great mood. A must for Ramoniacs. A fast paced wall of sound. Joey's voice is in top form.
Published 10 months ago by Yvette
1.0 out of 5 stars Ordered Twice... Received European Copy twice
I order this DVD two times. The description said region One, but I received copies which where for region 2,3,4,and 5. I gave up and order a used one from E-bay. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy, And Turn Up The Volume! For Ramones Fans, Mainly.
Well, what can I say? How could I possibly give this DVD anything less than five stars? OK, here's a disclaimer: I'm a Ramones fan and have been ever since the "End of the Century"... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gary Peterson
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