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Ramones - Raw (2004)

Joey Ramone , Johnny Ramone , John Cafiero  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone, Christopher Ward
  • Directors: John Cafiero
  • Producers: Marky Ramone, John Cafiero
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NY7UO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ramones - Raw" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Tracks: Blitzkrieg Bop, Teenage Lobotomy, Today Your Love Tomorrow the World, Rockaway Beach, Touring, Apeman Hop, 53rd and 3rd, Cretin Hop, I Wanna Be Sedated, I Don't Want You, Judy Is a Punk, I Can't Make It on Time, Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio, I Just Wanna Have Something to Do, Rock and Roll Radio, Pinhead, Take It as It Comes, She's the One, Sheena Is a Punk Rocker, I Don't Want to Grow Up, R.A.M.O.N.E.S
  • TV appearances: Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Howard Stern Summer Show, The Uncle Floyd Show, USA Up All Night, MTV's 120 Minutes
  • 18 deleted scenes
  • "I Ramones Live in Rome, Italy 1980": full-length bonus program
  • Easter eggs

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Hey, Ho, Let's Go! It's the world-famous Ramones in their first officially authorized DVD! The Definitive Ramons DVD Containing Over 5 Hours of Material! Climb in the van, buckle up and hang on tight to experience life on the road with the founding fathers of punk rock, The Ramones! The band that started it all stars in this comprehensive video scrapbook containing over 5 hours of rare material spanning the Ramones' history-making career (circa 1979-1996), most of which is seen here exclusively for the first time anywhere! Vintage concert footage (shot on film in 1980, archived and nearly forgotten for over 20 years), rare TV appearances, backstage footage and lots more are set within the core: a plethora of home video from the Ramones' personal archives. This exclusive fly-on-the-wall opportunity is the next best thing to actually being in the band! Featuring an eclectic mix of celebrity guests including The Doors' Robby Krieger performing live with the Ramones, Eddie Vedder, Carly Simon, Gilbert Gottfried, "Grandpa" Al Lewis (of TV's The Munsters), Bono & U2, Debbie Harry and many more! See why the Ramones have stood the test of time with their simple yet immortal brand of music that's influenced generations the world over. From their humble NYC beginnings at CBGB's to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ramones have done it all. Now you'll feel like you're right there with them the whole time with one of the most important bands to break ground since the Beatles led the British Invasion! Don't miss the world-famous Ramones in their first officially authorized DVD: Ramones Raw! Featuring 21 vintage live performances of Ramones classics including "Blitzkrieg Bop," "I Wanna Be Sedated," rare gems like "I Can't Make It on Time" and more! Songs include: Blitzkrieg Bop, Teenage Lobotomy, Today Your Love Tomorrow the World, Rockaway Beach, Touring, Apeman Hop, 53rd and 3rd, Cretin Hop, I Wanna Be Sedated, I Don't Want You, Judy Is a Punk, I Can't Make It on Time, Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio, I Just Wanna Have Something to Do, Rock and Roll Radio, Pinhead, Take It as It Comes, She's the One, Sheena Is a Punk Rocker, I Don't Want to Grow Up, R.A.M.O.N.E.S.

Over 90 Minutes of Special Features with More Ramones Songs:

Feature-Length Commentary Track with Johnny Ramone, Marky Ramone & Director John Cafiero, 8 TV Appearances, 18 Deleted Scenes, 12 Easter Eggs, 1 Full-length Bonus Program (27 minutes).

Executive Producer: Marky Ramone
Produced, Directed & Edited By: John Cafiero

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An appropriately rough-and-tumble visual scrapbook of the Ramones' 20-year run, Ramones: Raw is sure to please fans of the legendary punk band with over five hours of live performances and rare behind-the-scenes footage. The core of the disc is a rock & roll Frankenstein of ferocious live performances of their most well-loved numbers, including "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Rockaway Beach," and many others, interspersed with footage of the band on television and at venues around the world. But for veteran Ramones followers, the disc's real value comes in the supplemental features, which are crowned by an hourlong, never-before-seen performance filmed for Italian television. The extras also include rowdy appearances on everything from Howard Stern's early '90s TV series to the NYC cable access program Uncle Floyd; clips from drummer Marky Ramone's extensive Super-8 footage of the band offer an off-stage glimpse at the group's humor, especially in the face of frantic international audiences. All this, capped by wry commentary by Marky and Johnny, means that if you've flown the Gabba-Gabba-Hey flag at any point in your life, you'll want Ramones: Raw. --Paul Gaita

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Raw, Very Ramones April 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Before I put Ramones Raw in the DVD player I thought it might seem bittersweet to watch, what with three of the band members now deceased. But instead of making me feel sad, the footage only made me happy that the world ever got to experience this thing called Ramones in the first place.

The DVD contains five hours' worth of footage, including concert footage from 1980 to 1996, clips of television appearances (Howard Stern and Uncle Floyd), their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and "I, Ramones," a concert shot in Italy.

With exception to concert footage, most of what we see was shot by Marky Ramone on his Super 8 camera. Apparently Marky was determined to capture life on the road for the band and it is his behind-the-scenes footage that makes this DVD worthwhile. The title is appropriate as some of what you see is indeed raw, and it gets a bit confusing at times because things aren't in chronological order.

Some of the more interesting footage includes the band's van being mobbed by screaming and fanatical fans much like the Beatles in "A Hard Day's Night," and Johnny sarcastically giving tour manager Monte Melnick a hard time anytime things get chaotic: "Really well organized, Monte. Nice job." Not.

We also get to see the usually stoic Johnny actually laugh and joke as well as sobering evidence of Dee Dee's physical and mental decline from drug use as we see clips of a youthful and vibrant Dee Dee and a hardened and somewhat narcissistic one. There are also lots of shots of the boys sitting on the toilet, which they themselves find hilarious.

Joey appears to be an easy-going, laid back guy who gets along well with everyone.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fans Only - really really Raw. November 11, 2004
Format:DVD
If you love the Ramones in all their ragged glory, then RAW will suit you fine. Just make sure you understand that the emphasis here in on the ragged. Culled mostly from Marky Ramone's (also serving as the executive producer) collection of home super eight's, RAW combines extensive footage of the band as they traveled the world. The material is also not presented chronolgically, and that can get jarring. At times, these low-fi bits get tedious, best serving as bridges between the really good stuff. Of which there is plenty. You get to see clips from (mostly European and South American) concerts, TV clips and the band as they accept a gold disc award.

Oddly enough, the true high points of RAW are in the bonus materials, the 30 minute "I Ramone" concert sequence in particular. The "Up All Night" and "Space Ghost" segments are cool too. But frankly, if you are only curious about the Ramones and want to pick up some home viewing, my advice is to hold out for the superior "End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones," the warts and all 2004 documentary.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Candid and Chaotic Glimpse Behind the Scenes July 12, 2005
Format:DVD
Ironically, since the premature passing of Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee, Tommy and Marky Ramone have been busy keeping the Ramones name more relevant than ever- Tommy producing a Ramones-themed musical à la the current trend of Mamma Mia, We Are the Champions, etc, and Marky with, among other projects, the release of this DVD. The band's image can be found on diverse merchandise, from t-shirts to comic books.

As opposed to the more somber, parochial and straight-forward End of the Century doc, Raw is non-linear and has a more behind-the-scenes, hang with the band feel, with quick, random edits and wipes of (mostly) Marky's video diary footage interspersed with various concert highlights. We get to see first hand what it was like to be a Ramone, especially during the final 10 years of the band.

Whether escaping hordes of manic fans by claustrophobic van in South America (where they were superstars), visiting a local zoo in Australia, signing autographs in Japan or early morning chain smoking at some hotel breakfast joint in Spain, the footage gives a very intimate feel of the band.

Raw shows lots of private joking, internal catch-phrasing, practical joke pulling, and various clowning around. What it does not show is a lot of interaction between other members of the band. Whether by design or default, you will be hard pressed to see Joey, Johnny, CJ and Dee Dee doing much verbal interacting. Nor does it show band members engaging in serious fighting, which surely must have happened on occasion.

The emphasis is on Marky and his camera interacting with the individual members. And each member brings his personality to the lens. Marky's position as a member of the band makes it easy to get the others to be themselves.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ramones Raw October 1, 2004
Format:DVD
This is not a review of the Ramones, who are for, all purposes, one of the greatest bands of all time. But "Ramones Raw", the first officially issued Ramones DVD, feels like patchwork.

Composed mostly of behind the scenes footage of the last eight years of the Ramones, "Ramones: Raw" tries to tell the story of the band from its beginning to its end in the mid ninties. And for the most part it fails.

If you had never heard the Ramones and wathced this DVD, you would probably wonder what all the fuss was about. The behind-the-scenes stuff is so unrelentingly boring I'd be really suprised if anyone but the most die hard fans would want to watch it twice. Even they may not want to.

And the live clips that pepper the film and serve to move the documentary are some of the sloppiest, poorest quality Ramomes live footage this side of a bootleg shot by an epilpetic parapalegic. The sound muddies up the songs to a point where you can hardly even hear it. Some will say that this is "charming". I say its just plain lazy.

Also included on the DVD are some bonus features that aren't really bonuses. All the extras that are taken from T.V. shows feel as if they were put on this DVD from an aging VHS copy somebody owned, and with the exception of an intersting bit taekn from MTV's "120 Minutes" do little to help show the Ramones legacy in the way the recent "End of the Century" documentary did.

The editing is choppy and the whole 105 minute program is just unforgivably boring, which is all the more sad since the band in question is the Ramones. They deserve better than this hackwork job, and so does the viewer.

Immesnly dissapointed doesn't even begin to describe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun auto-documentary by the Ramones
Home movies shot mostly by Marky and Johnny, and sometimes by their roadies! Definitely a requirement for any new or old school Ramones fan. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alisha Ragland
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential to the Ramones fanatics
This commemorative DVD is geared towards the Ramones fanatic and is seen through the lens of Marky Ramones' video camera that he touted around with him during the final years of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
4.0 out of 5 stars Music bad Dee Dee good .
Oddly enough I found the behind the scenes stuff more entertaining than the live music footage . The bulk of the music footage is from a concert in Rome Italy in 1980 , but the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by ARNOLD HORSHACK
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ramones Still Rock
I loved the Roamones as does my boyfriend. So this was a great Christmas gift for him. The disc came in the same condition that was advertised and we had a great Christmas day... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kosplakat
5.0 out of 5 stars most awesome movie
it was a really cool movie of the ramones performing and seeing how they live life on tour it was a cool experience i wich the ramones were not dead so i could hear their new music... Read more
Published on October 3, 2012 by luigi
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but Fascinating.
I remember when Punk Rock first appeared. It was almost universally condemned in the press. America's and England's musical culture had taken a turn for the worse, or so the... Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Gary Peterson
2.0 out of 5 stars HEY HO HUM...
RAMONES RAW: Second RAMONES beatkeeper MARKY RAMONE's disorienting hodge-podge of home movies from the road, rapid fire live clips, and kitschy TV appearances pales compared to the... Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars RAMONES RAW DVD
All time favorite band. This DVD is a must for anyone even slightly into the Ramones (how can you only be slightly into the Ramones?)Super quick shipping and awesome price! Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by Beer Run Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Marky Ramone does an excellent job cobbling together pieces of video taken over several years with the Ramones. Read more
Published on September 26, 2010 by msway
5.0 out of 5 stars Ramones Raw
Ramones Raw is a collection of Home made movies of one of the greatest Punk Bands nay Rock N Roll Bands!they are all there, Live performances and just goofing around too. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by Jose Lopez
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