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  • Actors: 'Lee' George Quinones, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, Patti Astor, Andrew Witten
  • Directors: Charlie Ahearn
  • Writers: Fab 5 Freddy, Charlie Ahearn
  • Producers: Fab 5 Freddy, Charlie Ahearn, Jane Dickson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Rhino / Wea
  • VHS Release Date: August 26, 1997
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1566053625
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Break Dancing -- Old School Hip Hop Culture filmed in South Bronx. Featuring Grandmaster Flash, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Fantastic Five, Cold Crush Four, Double Trouble, Rock Steady Crew.

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This cover seems lost in time as you never see it on the subsequent VHS tapes or the DVD releases of the film.
Willie S. Deane Jr.
Wild style captures the essence of being a "B-boy" in the early days of Rap,Hip Hop and Graffiti...I should know,I was and always will be an original B-Boy!
William Beauchamp
You will see some of the greatest pioneers in the game; busy bee, double trouble,ken swift,lee,zephyr,lady pink,grandmaster flash, and so on.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Christian B. on April 21, 2011
Format: DVD
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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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By -Paul E Kilianski--- on October 23, 2002
Format: DVD
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 By Carrie on December 16, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Conor J. Mullin on June 21, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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