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Wild Style 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition (1983)

Lee Quinones , Patti Astor , Charlie Ahearn  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lee Quinones, Patti Astor, Fab 5 Freddy, Busy Bee, Grandmaster Flash
  • Directors: Charlie Ahearn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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WILD STYLE follows the exploits of maverick tagger Zoro (real life graffiti artist Lee Quinones), whose work attracts the attention of an East Village art fancier (Patti Astor) who commissions him to paint the stage for a giant Rapper's Convention. A document of the earliest days of hip-hop in the boroughs of New York, everything in WILD STYLE is authentic - the story, style, characters, and most of the actors, are drawn from the community. It features a pantheon of old-school pioneers, including Grandmaster Flash, Busy Bee, The Cold Crush Brothers and more. Digitally Remastered. Extras include: 48 page Collectors booklet, Commentary by Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy, Featurettes and Interviews.


Wild Style is a cult classic - indisputably the most important hip hop movie, ever. --British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Still not the original version April 21, 2011
This is a warning for all those who expect this DVD to include the original version of the "Wild Style" film.

Like the previous Rhino release, this "25th Anniversay Edition" still contains the altered footage of Grandmaster Flash cutting and scratching in his kitchen.

In the original version of the film, Grandmaster Flash starts cutting up the Headhunters' "God Make Me Funky" and then switches to Bob James' "Take Me To The Mardi Gras".

In both Rhino releases the Bob James track is replaced by some very different sounding beats which are assembled, to give the impression that Flash is cutting up these beats which in fact he doesn't.

This is of course not mentioned on the cover, so if anyone who owns the old Rhino edition is now expecting that Rhino has cleared the rights to use the original Bob James track, at least for this "25th Anniversary Edition", will be very dissapointed as this footage is also one, if not the highlight of this movie.

Even in the audio commentary Fab 5 Freddy really gets excited and alerts the viewer to especially pay attention to this particular scene and he describes the intercutting between Flash mixing, Zoro bombing and the Rock Steady Crew breaking as THE moment in this movie, where the elements of the original Hip Hop scene (except for the Rap part in this case) really come together.

But with this false music, Fab 5 Freddy's excitement in the commentary becomes a rather strange experience since it is not clear if Fred's listening to the original or the replacement when recording the commentary.

So this replacement of the original sound is really like altering a historical document, like changing the colors of a painting or the words of a speech.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BE WARNED!!! THEY RUINED THE BEST SCENE! October 23, 2002
It's a shame really. This classic among classics would have otherwise received 10 stars from me (even without all the extras, which are great btw). But they butchered what has got to be the best part of the whole film... the scene where Grandmaster Flash is cutting records in his kitchen!!! In the original print, you see (and just as importantly, hear) Flash cutting up The Headhunters "God Made Me Funky" and then Bob James "Take Me To The Mardi Gras" while the film cuts back and forth to members of the Rock Steady Crew break dancing (For those not up on their samples, the Bob James tune was most famously used as the backing track to Run DMC's "Peter Piper").
Well, my guess is that they never cleared the song for use in the film and didn't want to pay whatever it was going to cost to clear it, so...they simply cut the audio out and REPLACED it with a track made to SOUND like "Mardi Gras" .....with HORRIBLE results. They should have, at the VERY least, had a warning written somewhere on the back of the case, letting unsuspecting buyers know that this is NOT Wild Style as it was originally shown in 1983.
I don't know how other die-hard hip hop heads out there feel about this, but to me, Rhino straight up [messed up] this film.
...Over 25 years old and hip hop STILL doesn't get it's proper respect...even when it's well deserved as in this case.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truest film reflection of Hip Hop December 16, 2004
By Carrie
Wild Style was created by independent New York filmmaker Charlie Ahearn with the help of Fred Braithwaite (aka Fab Five Freddy). The first movie to depict the elements of hip hop, it became an underground hit. It featured well-known graffiti writers Lee and Lady Pink as "Zoro" and "Ladybug", and included performances by Grandmaster Flash (in his own kitchen!), Grand Wizard Theodore, Busy Bee Starski, The Cold Crush Brothers, and b-boy champions the Rock Steady Crew. Lee admits, "It didn't really have a script, but we didn't have a script in real life. The film didn't call for acting because we were being ourselves. There's no Hollywood thing about it" (from the excellent book Yes Yes Ya'll, 2002). This lack of a "Hollywood thing" is precisely what made Wild Style so popular among the people who lived hip hop. Writers were played by writers, DJs were played by DJs, and the breakers were real b-boys.

Fab 5 Freddy wanted the film to tie together the elements of hip hop, and show the rest of the nation that graffiti, breaking, and DJing and MCing came out of the same place, and often the same people. The result is the most accurate depiction of hip hop in film. Lingering shots of boarded up buildings, junk yards, and filthy subway stops portrayed the Bronx for what it was. Zoro tries to balance street credibility with commissions to do pieces on canvas from wealthy art collectors. He is a young man trying to find his place in a difficult world. Blondie's Chris Stein describes it, "Wild Style was just so ahead of its time. I remember telling Charlie Ahearn, `As soon as this thing comes out, mark my words, Hollywood will eat it.' And Beat Street came out... which was a sappy, watered-down version".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure classic June 21, 2010
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Wild Style is not a documentary, despite what it may look like from packaging or even camerawork. It's a pretty slow-moving story of a man who writes on walls and his girlfriend's alleged infidelity with another man who writes on walls. While this love triangle is being played out, there is a journalist woman who wants to find out about a new sub-culture that is happening in the Bronx. There is also a musical event being planned in the amphitheatre in the park to showcase the local musical talent.

If you were reading the synopsis to this film anywhere, it would probably read something like that. But Wild Style isn't about the story. It's not about the acting, the direction or even the camerawork or sound recording (although the soundtrack is important).

It is a film that has shaped a generation, purely with the members of the cast and the records used in the soundtrack. Wild Style is a historical document. It perfectly captures a time and place - the Bronx, New York 1982 - and most of the figures that made that time and place so special. The plot is merely a device with which to string along a series of scenes of rappers, DJs, B-boys and spraycan artists. Some of these people were the roots of the hip hop movement. To see the impact that this film has had, look at how many times the soundtrack has been sampled - not only the dialogue (Tommy Tee, Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill, DJ Premier) but the backing loops. 'Tracks' such as Down By Law have become standards - no, classics - in battle cyphers and old school hip hop nights all over the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Style
It is a strange sensation watching a movie you've never seen before but where practically every line of dialogue you have heard sampled in various hip-hop songs. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Bryce Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collector's Item
True hip hop. If you love hip hop, you will the movie. The best music themed movie to ever hit the big screen.
Published 1 month ago by TG
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of my youth
I was a sophomore in High School in New York City when Wild Style came out and watching it takes me back to a time when hip hop was just so much better than the noise being created... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Vickers
5.0 out of 5 stars Paint the Revolution!
Classic movie. Cant wait to look at all the extras. Love street art. Paint the Revolution! YEA YEA YEA YEA
Published 8 months ago by Elysa Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I have to say. i never watched this movie until I order it. very boring. i had to turn it off 1/2 way thru the movie. save your money.
Published 11 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
good movie def not breakdance but good beats. some stuff not good for kids but its fun to dance to the music
Published 12 months ago by evaristo
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!
I had completely forgot about this movie. Was on Amazon looking for Beat Street and, lo and behold, up pops Wild Style. It was so cool to watch again after so many years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BrianN
5.0 out of 5 stars If it wasn't for Breakin', Beat Street, etc, there will be no Wild...
If i never bought this movie here, i never bought neither Breakin, Breakin' 2, Beat Street, Krush Groove, and House Party or the rest of the hip hop movies. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eric D. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars HIP-HOP SCHOOL 101
This is a beuatiful and historic film during the early stages of hiphop and a must see for anyone who wants to learn where this culture got its start. Read more
Published 17 months ago by dj kirk state
5.0 out of 5 stars The first movie ever made geared for the hip-hop culture
I had heard many sound bites taken from this film in rap songs and was happy to finally see it for myself. But the historical significance of this movie is undeniable. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cody Harmon
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