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Ok, enough with accolades. Now on to the disc. Dang. Talk about getting the deluxe treatment. Whereas the Wild Style DVD is incomplete (see my review), Style Wars is not only complete, uncut and un-altered, it is absolutely full to brim with fantastic extras...close to 4 HOURS worth. Highlights include art and interviews with many of the films participants. Most notable for me was MIN ONE. He's the tough little curly-haired, white kid who tries to get the rest of the writers to retaliate against Cap for "going over their burners". ("That's never forgive action"). All I can say is he looks like he's been through one hell of a lot in the last 20 years. Very sobering to say the least.
Other extras include outtakes, audio commentary by the filmakers, and (this is very cool) a 30 minute loop of "whole cars".
If you consider yourself a serious Hip Hop head, you have no excuse not to own this dvd.
It was filmed during the time that these artists were doing their work and the ones still living are followed up with many years later. It really dives into the history and development of the phenomenon. Who can forget images of dirty big cities with the trains riding along with huge works of graffiti art on them? Someone was there to document it all. This film is a result of that work.
This is the story of it all. Interesting is the documenting of the lengths the authorities had to go to in order to control the "problem" (which, of course, is a matter of perspective). One of the artist is shown years later with his mother gleaming with pride and his mother, interviewed earlier in the film as well, still rolls her eyes at his pride.
The artists are interviewed, both then and now, and the connection of graffiti to hip-hop and B-boy culture is touched upon, although this is probably the weakest link in the film. Wild Style and The Freshest Kids take you deeper into the world of B-boys and Scratch takes you deeper into the world of hip-hop and the emergence of rap from it. But this is a great film on graffiti in its heyday.
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Style Wars is an inside look into the roots of hip-hop culture and its effects on society. Read more
Nice with all the extra footages that came with original HD movie!Published 5 months ago by Simon Vandetta
My favorite documentary of all time. I have viewed it at least 50 times, and each time it just keeps getting better.Published 9 months ago by Miranda Burkhamer
A real insight into the world of Graffiti in New York City during the 70s.Published 14 months ago by C. nalty
This is a history going back to the modern beginnings of graf writers and hip-hop culture in the northeast cities. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Patricia Freda
This is a good basic film but now a bit outdated. However, major graffiti artists are highlighted and major places where graffiti art originated are revealedPublished on June 27, 2013 by VIRGINIA DACOSTA
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