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Rock the Bells

4.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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This vibrant documentary follows concert promoter Chang Weisberg and his Guerilla Union promotion team as they work furiously to ensure that what would turn out to be the last performance of notorious no-shows the Wu-Tang Clan actually takes place. Weisberg puts everything on the line to achieve the seemingly impossible: reuniting the 10 members of the Grammy-winning Wu-Tang Clan, including Method Man ("Garden State," TV's "The Wire"), RZA (composer for "Blade: Trinity" and "Kill Bill" vols. 1 and 2), and founding member, the late Ol' Dirty Bastard to perform at the 2004 "Rock the Bells" hip-hop concert. As if each Wu-Tang member is not difficult enough to work with, the venue's incompetent security, malfunctioning equipment, and riotous crowd all work in tandem to try keeping the history making show from going on.

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Special Features

  • Commentary by the directors and Guerilla Union
  • "Who is Wu-Tang?"; Featurette on the origins and history of the Wu-Tang Clan (15 min 31 sec)
  • "R.I.P. O.D.B.": Memorial to O.D.B., featuring Cherry Jones, Chuck D, and other Wu members (6 min 27 sec)
  • "Dirty's Last Days" - O.D.B.'s bodyguard on the days before his death (9 min 35 sec)
  • Alternative opening (3 min)
  • Artist Profiles - Redman, Eyedea + Abilities, Sage Francis, Dilated Peoples, Ghostface, GZA, Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, Method Man, RZA, Buddha Monk and Silksi
  • Extended interviews with Cherry Jones (ODB's mother), Jared Weisfeld (ODB's manager), and Jerome Baldwin (ODB's bodyguard)
  • 10 deleted or extended scenes

Product Details

  • Directors: Denis Henry Hennelly, Casey Suchan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QUEPQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock the Bells" on IMDb

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By Danielle Lurie on July 26, 2007
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At the end of a day, after the mayhem of the absolute craziness that goes into putting on this Wu-Tang Clan show -- this is a film about human integrity and unbridled passion. I barely knew anything about Wu-Tang before I went to see this movie, and it didn't matter because the heart and soul of all the characters in this doc explode from the screen and I was hooked for every single second. The concert promoter even has his mother help him at the ticket counter! I was smiling the whole time watching this. Guys, girls, Wu-Tang fans, non-Wu-tang fans -- everyone should see this film to learn the power of getting anything done if you set your mind to it! Directors Denis Hennelly and Casey Suchan found an incredible human story amid the lunacy of a WuTang concert, and I admire them for that. This is one of my favorite docs I have seen! Enjoy!
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I saw this documentary for the first time at the Midwest Film Festival in Chicago and I loved it! It gripped me from the beginning and took me for a ride the entire show. I've never been caught up so emotionally with a documentary in my life! I think I held my breath until the very end. I had to buy it when it became available. I highly recommend it even if you're not a hip-hop fan (which I'm not really)
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This first Rock The Bells is considered legendary. This is the story about how one promoter managed to book the Wu Tang clan individually in order to get them to reunite to preform as a group. It's also ODB's last performance. Also featuring performances by other independent and underground artists like Dilated Peoples, Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities, Redman and Chali 2na just to name a few. I was in high school when This first concert went down in 2003 and missed it. Since then I've been to Rock The Bells II-IV and 2011 and Paid Dues 2012. One of the best Hip Hop events that showcases the best in Mainstream, Independent and Underground Hip Hop. Check this video out and if Rock The Bells is coming to a city near you then get out there and attend. You'll be glad you did.
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Last year when I was in New York visiting a friend, she asked me to go with her to a Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Rock the Bells." I was anything but thrilled to see the movie as I knew nothing about Wu-Tang, but I grudgingly went. Well, I was blown away by this film. Can a band filled with so many combative and hot-headed members put aside their egos and unite for their rabid fan base? "Rock the Bells" follows concert promoter Chang who tries to put on one perfect concert for rabid rap fans. "Rock the Bells" pulses simultaneously with suspense, humor, and drama. As the film goes on, the main obstacle to the concert's success is ODB, the band's superstar, who proves to be the main question mark standing in the way of their reuniting. Surging with life, "Rock the Bells" is a treat for any movie or music fan in search of a well-made movie.
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I love the Wu and came the the screening at Tribeca. I got what I wanted from Wu, but moreover, I was exposed to the rough and tumble life of the promoter of ODB's last ever concert. Boy, that guy had a LONG night.

I cant recommend RTB enough. If you love hip hop, you'll learn about what goes into putting the show on (it's frightening at times). If you're new to hip hop, it will give you a glimpse of the lives of some of the most influential early greats in the genre, as well as interviews with a newer generation of rappers.

There are some tense moments, some hillarious moments (courtesy of RZA, of course!), but in the end, it's a great watch.

I hope they release the soundtrack!
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In 2004,Chang Weisberg and his multifaceted concert promotion company, 'Guerilla Union', initiated the Rock The Bells hip-hop festival in San Bernardino, California. This documentary takes the viewer alongside Chang and his crew on a hasty schedule of booking artists, managing finances for the event, meeting with city officials, run-ins with unforeseen obstacles and everything in between. Along with the main feature being about the production of the festival itself, the sub-plot deals with booking the entire Wu-Tang Clan as a whole, with no one member missing(there's 9 of them, 10 if you count Cappadonna). The group had not done a show together for a few years, each member as a solo act or duos within have only performed prior to this event. The tone of the film make's it appear as if Chang is trying to catch a group of bees(no pun intended) with a baseball cap; dealings with agents and a subtle denial from some of the members about it being pulled off build up the anxiety on Chang's behalf. If that's not enough, crew member Ol' Dirty Bastard takes up plenty of screen time with none of the crew members taking accountability of him(even his manager) and knowing if he is sober enough to perform. Although the Wu headline the event, the bill is still heavy with prolific hip-hop acts including Redman, Dilated Peoples, Sage Francis, Supernatural, Chali 2na & DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 and Eyedea & Abilities. Despite the fact that none of the artist's sets are shown in their entirety(mostly snippets), they really contribute to the dialogue of the film, i.e interviews and candid portrayals behind the scenes. As expected with any debut, their were expected technical difficulties such as malfunctioning equipment, late arrivals, incompetent security, fights, unruly crowds, oversold capacity, just to name a few.Read more ›
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