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It's live and loud. It's urgent and proud. It's more than two-dozen young, energetic bands caught in the act and making the music and moments matter in hot, crowded, amped venues scattered across L.A., London, New York City and elsewhere. It's big hair, little hair, guys, girlz - with music styles ranging from minimalist electronica to reggae to theatrical camp to mosh-worthy mayhem. It's catchy, it's topical, it's angry, it's playful, it's live. And it lives on in a rocking, throbbing, sights-and-sounds showcase featuring The Police, Devo, The Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, X, The Cramps, Surf Punks, Joan Jett, Pere Ubu and more. Turn it on, turn it up, this means war: Urgh! A Music War.

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  • Actors: Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland, Toyah Willcox
  • Directors: Derek Burbidge
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lorimar
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WJHBEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,854 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T. Scarillo VINE VOICE on February 21, 2010
Format: DVD
FINALLY - we get "Urgh! A Music War" on DVD (albeit, press-to-order DVD-R from Warner Brothers Archive). If you are not familiar with this movie, and are an aficionado of late 70's/early 80's New Wave and Post-Punk music, you need to get this DVD immediately. Like many fans of the film, we all had beat-up VHS copies dating from the 80's (my personal copy was recorded off USA Network's "Night Flight" back in the mid-80's) , and I have to say the transfer and sound here are very good, especially considering that WB Archives really doesn't usually put a ton of work into the Archives series (in order to keep costs down). Barring a full blown remix/remaster release, this DVD-R should satisfy most fans (I watched it in a 100" screen and the picture looked very good/no grain/few artifacts; sound was crisp stereo).

Put simply, this film is a nearly 2 hour compilation of live performances by both well-known and obscure bands of the early 80's New Wave/Post Punk genres. It was produced by Miles and Ian Copeland (brothers of Police drummer Stewart Copeland), who were pivotal music industry figures, with Miles' label IRS and Ian's artist management/booking career. Lots of skinny ties, synthesizers, off-beat acts here in this film, and everyone was very young when this was made. The best-known groups here getting screen time are: The Police (to start and close the film - they get 3 songs), Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, Echo & the Bunnymen, XTC (pre-stage-fright, which ended their touring career prematurely), the GoGo's, Gary Numan, Joan Jett, the Cramps, Devo, Gang of Four, UB40 and X. For some of these bands, like Chelsea (who I'd never heard of, but were very impressive), Toyah Wilcox, Gang Of Four, Fleshtones, etc., I'd have to think there's really not a lot of footage out there.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Spiehler on August 20, 2009
Format: DVD
This fascinating piece of music history has finally been released on DVD. But, please don't pay $40 or more for it. It's not "hard to find" anymore. Just head to the official Warner site. You'll find it there for $19.95 plus shipping & tax. Not sure why Amazon isn't dealing this one directly. It's an official (as of 8/4/09) Warner Archive release.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Frame on January 6, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This official DVD (NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Dolby 2.0 stereo, single layer DVD-R) release of URGH is almost everything I could have hoped for.

I've been a huge fan since I saw Urgh in its limited cinema season in Brisbane circa 1981. I immediately bonded with artists like The Cramps, Klaus Nomi, Skafish, Fleshtones, X, Au Pairs, Alley Cats, GoGo's, Joan Jett and Pere Ubu - bands I may not have known otherwise. I was already a devotee of Devo, Wall Of Voodoo, Dead Kennedys, XTC and Gang Of Four. I also came to appreciate just how damned good the Police were (the ultimate rock 3 piece). I bought the LaserDisc and was happy enough with that for the next 20 years - even though it had lots of video noise, was only mono and did not include Wall Of Voodoo (one of the film's highlights). I also bought the 2 disc vinyl LP, so I knew the soundtrack ought to have been in glorious stereo.

Comments on the 2 "unofficial" DVD versions of Urgh:

Until this Warner Archive release, there was the distinct expectation that the best anyone could have expected to own was an unofficial DVD-R copy of a transfer made from damaged videotape (which was itself transferred from less than perfect film). I bought two different "unofficial" DVD versions - the dodgy "Urgh..." version was absolutely terrible in both video and audio quality - with lots of errors, including a full 11 seconds missing from the start of the Fleshtones. The "Anti..." version was from a much better source tape, with just a few video glitches, but it was still quite blurry and with about 14 noticeable and annoying audio glitches (including a full second missing near the start of the Dead Kennedys).
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Billions on January 25, 2010
Format: DVD
"Urgh!" on DVD... The main advantage offered by the studio here is that you don't have to rewind a videocassette. WB has revealed that they simply don't care if it's not a sure bet. Absolutely disgusting treatment of a classic. Yes, I will concede, the picture and audio are the best ever offered for this film, and while that is of course the main concern, this film is an archive of such an important time for many fans... This is a missed opportunity. The artwork is horrible, considering the original soundtrack package. It's a shame when film companies drop the ball like this, "lose the plot" as my English friends say...

This should have been a special edition with a documentary about the film, a commentary, and original artwork. Even a modest budget could have created a classic here. Look to the Downtown 81, TV Party, and Wild Style DVDs. Likely could have become a staple for young curious types from Silverlake to Williamsburg to Berlin... Maybe it still will (and it should!), but any message of historical relevance and respect for the material is nearly lost with that lame cover art and lack of reverence for the original film's scenes/breaks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Moran on December 15, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a long-overdue DVD. An amazing sampler of the great bands of the 1980's Punk / New Wave scene. This is a must have if you are, or were ever into these types of bands. Unfortunately the DVD production is very disappointing. There is no menu for song selection and there aren't even chapter marks at the beginning of each track. Only chapter marks every 10 minutes that don't necessarily fall at the beginning of the songs. Warner Brothers could have done a much better job...
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