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Ramones - Raw

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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

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

Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NY7UO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,282 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ramones - Raw" on IMDb

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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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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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I bought this DVD a few months back, and I love watching it every opportunity that I get! My favorite part is the concert shot in Italy in 1980, along with the Uncle Floyd segments. I love the part where they perform "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do," even if they are lipsynching, and I also loved the clip from "Rock'n'Roll High School," when they play "Do You Wanna Dance."

The backstage footage is interesting, although a lot of it consists of inside jokes that only the band understands.

Now that three of the four original Ramones are gone, I'd highly recommend getting this DVD, so you can see the magic over and over again.
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Though Amber Smith has always been one of my favorite Supermodels, I wasn't expecting to be so entertained by her as well. She is the epitome of `eye candy' but her natural charm brightens the screen.
Unlike many models, Amber doesn't seem to take her job `so seriously', putting the viewer at ease.
The editing of the DVD is light and upbeat while the eclectic soundtrack is filled with hard rock, rap and sultry R&B.

Other behind-the-scenes presentations that I've seen are either boring or appear staged but it's obvious "Amber Smith Raw" is truly the 4 year collection of candid footage that it states.
The DVD version of "Amber Smith RAW" has some great "Extra Features" (For example: Bloopers, Interview clips. Outtakes, Bio, Resume, and even a packed Photo slide show!).
Initially, Amber was a successful "high fashion model" walking the runways for major designers. However, wanting a sizzling change of image, she appeared numerous times in Sports Illustrated's swimwear issues as well as the covers of Maxim and Playboy.
Though well-known for her sultry lay-outs in which this DVD highlights, it was a nice discovery that she comes off as a very intelligent woman with a dry self-deprecating wit!
There is some nudity; mostly during swimsuit changes and in a few of the more erotic photo shootings.
Females who may be interested in modeling should find the behind-the-scenes sections informative.
I commend Amber for having the courage to expose both her body and "herself".
Sexy, fun, authentic, upbeat! This `sneak peak' style DVD is both light and entertaining!
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