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Wendy O. Williams and The Plasmatics: The DVD - Ten Years of Revolutionary Rock and Roll

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mvd Visual
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 191 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IU3YF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Over one hour of live footage , video clips and interviews.

Editorial Reviews

Banned in London, busted in Milwaukee, the legendary Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics caused a seismic cultural shock still felt today. They pioneered the mohawk, the fusing of punk and metal and did shows including the blowing up of cars yet to be

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wendy Must Be Spinning In Her Grave! December 8, 2006
The Plasmatics have been my favorite band since 1981, but when I saw this hideous DVD I felt very let down. Rod Swenson should be ashamed of himself for allowing this DVD to see the light of day. It is not a documentary at all. It is nothing but bits and pieces of The Plasmatics and Wendy over a span of 10 years; with half truths, fabrications, and the elimination of most of the other band members.

They knowingly and quite obviously cut Richie Stotts out of the videos. In "The Damned" video, they also added some cheesy effect to make the desert scene look like a moon drenched evening...UGH! It was also implied that Richie's guitar playing was perhaps "not up to snuff" which I found riotous. He and Wes Beech are both great guitar players, and were tremendous assets to the band.

As fans, we are not always privy to the "falling outs" between producers/managers and band members, but I remember reading somewhere that there was no love lost between Swenson and Richie. That must explain Richie's nonexistence on the DVD. It's very sad when disagreements and money issues have to estrange the fans. It is 25 years later; Plasmatics fans deserve a FULL history when making a documentary. Who knows, maybe Richie didn't want to participate or authorize them to do so. We may never know, but it is sad nonetheless. I would love to have seen interviews with Chosei, Chris, Stu, & Jean, reflecting on that charisma that we enjoyed as fans.

The one positive thing I can say about this DVD is that seeing the concert footage after 25 years was wonderful, and brought back many great memories. However, the DVD looks as if it was just strewn together without care and consideration for neither the fans nor the band members that were omitted from the project.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wendy is wild September 16, 2007
A Kid's Review
This dvd is a lot of fun.I could watch her over and over an not get tired of it.The only lousy part of this is the lady commenting about it.She doesn't need to go on and on and it would be more fun without her talk.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great chance to see her if you missed her 1st time around September 8, 2007
A Kid's Review
A couple years ago I heard the plasmatics and I fell in love with Wendy and her really cool style.I got this dvd which I just treasure because Wendy is so great and she looks terific in every scene.
I highly recomend this dvd and it's guarenteed to get you exited.And maybe have a major crush on her if she was still here.
I'd buy it again any day
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What would Wendy have thought about this? November 9, 2007
Being an old Punk Rock fan, after having purchased the "Ramones End of the Century" documentary and being so impressed, I couldn't wait to get "10 years of Revolutionary Rock and Roll from the Plasmatics" to add to my DVD collection. To this day, I believe that "New Hope for the Wretched" is the CLASSIC recording that was years ahead of its time!

The good news is that this DVD was given to me as a gift and being a Plasmatics fan since 1980, having caught them live in 1982, and still enjoying them to this day, I was so looking forward to this documentary, especially since all the cool video clips such as their performance of "Butcher Baby" on FRIDAYS, their performance of "Squirm", "Tight Black Pants", etc at the pier in New York, (which to me were classic performances beyond belief) were removed from youtube.

This documentary was nothing like I expected.

For a start, never have I heard such indifference in a narrator and especially talking so fast that a few rewinds were a must to catch everything that was said.

I enjoyed the interview they did with Wes Beech as he was definitely a key player. But what about Richie Stotts, Stu Deutsch, Jean Beauvoir
or perhaps even Chosei Funahara if that were possible?

What was disturbing was no mention of Richie.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN NOTHING !!!!! February 11, 2007
An entertained albeit poorly produced ¨rockumentary ¨on this legendary american punk/metal band; this is one of those products good enough as to make it something you just HAVE to have if you're a fan of the band, but leaves you with a sensation of incompleteness. Why ? Apparently the producers of the dvd and/or band had some sort of disagreement with guitarrist Richie Stotts and left him out of the documentary, not an interview or reference to him, and what is worst, the clips have been edited so as not to show the man ( except on some of the live clips), mutilating their artistic integrity. These people should have left these quarrels aside for 2 main reasons :

1- They should have foreseen this fact would reflect on the sales.
2- They should have bitten the bullet an respected the fans.

This said; the documentary is mainly stills and newspapers/magazines clippings,making off of videoclips, interwiews and some good footage of the band that's linked to the clips section via easter eggs-like buttons and a somewhat indifferent female narrator in off. The editing is jerky but effective, compressing as much info as possible in a generous 120'; the sound is loud, crisp and clear and the picture is excellent 4:3. There's a 1 hour full clips section comprising scarce live footage from Bond's Casino and Perkins Palace in `81, with excellent sound (no complete shows)some videoclips (though only a few seconds of Pier 17, which was the biggest letdown to me )some bootleg, low fi but interesting live footage of the later WOW lineup and several songs from the Bump ^N Grind dvd.
Not a must buy and you can always rent it but this particular fan thinks this dvd is good enough till some complete live performances are released.NOT BAD AT ALL !!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive plasmatics dvd
this dvd is a must for any plasmatics or wendy o williams fan you will highly enjoy it. you have to own this dvd
Published 6 months ago by chris i.
2.0 out of 5 stars POOR VIDEO QUALITY RUINS PLASMATICS VIDEO
Whoever did the transfer for WENDY O WILLIAMS AND THE PLASMATICS: THE DVD, really needs seeing glasses. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Unrepentant
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Wendy!
While advertised as a documentary, this DVD is actually a pastiche of concert footage and official videos. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nadia555
5.0 out of 5 stars Milwaukee did not want her
Back in 1981 I attended a Plasmatics-gig at Paradiso, the Amsterdam church converted into a world famous popmusic-temple. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by W R Visser
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity
I bought this DVD hoping the band's Fridays appearance was included in the live clips section after seeing the clip recently uploaded to YouTube, it isn't. Read more
Published on March 2, 2010 by Bridge Mountain
4.0 out of 5 stars Documentary very interesting well worth the money !!
I am into music from Ramones to Beethoven. There are rare times when punk can be a high art, seriously stop laughing! The Plasmatics were one of those bands. Read more
Published on March 28, 2009 by G. Liberace
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Legend Rocks!!!
This DVD is amazing! I had forgotten what a great performer Wendy O. Williams was. The live videos are nothing short of amazing and the documentary shows what an influence Wendy... Read more
Published on November 21, 2007 by Felix J Cat
3.0 out of 5 stars Wendy, A Volcanic Eruption
The performances and actual concert footage is terrific and long time fans will be delighted and stimulated to see Wendy on DVD after her retirement from performing and her death. Read more
Published on September 22, 2007 by an honest reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars wendo o rocks
alot of great performance footage from the 70's to 80's....the woman narrating the movie is a bit annoying to listen to sometimes but overall you get to see alot of wendy o. Read more
Published on July 6, 2007 by Tina D
2.0 out of 5 stars pure flattery, disappointing
really a loving tribute to a person who was a lot more complicated than this doc would want you to believe. really sands down some rough edges to the performer.
Published on March 9, 2007 by Andrew I. Maxwell
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