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Sex Pistols - The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

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3.8 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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The Definitive Punk Movie - Finally on DVD!

The Sex Pistols star in director Julien Temple’s bizarre and hilarious fictional documentary that charts the rise and fall of punk’s most notorious band through the eyes of its calculating manager, Malcolm McLaren. Mixing animation and midgets with footage of some of The Pistols’ most electrifying live performances, the 1980 film presents the band’s success as an elaborate scam perpetrated by McLaren to make "a million pounds" at the expense of record companies, outraged moralists, the British Royal Family—and even the fans and band members themselves.

The Great Rock Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle was called "a parable of our times" by the Guardian (UK), but most music fans simply consider it one of the best rock films ever. More than 25 years after their breakup, The Sex Pistols’ music continues to influence punk and post-punk bands the world over. The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle shows why.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Interview and commentary with director Julien Temple by Chris Salewicz
5.1 Surround Sound

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Cheeky and chaotic, the 1980 The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle began life as a Russ Meyer project (co-written by Roger Ebert) called Who Killed Bambi?. Julien Temple (Earth Girls Are Easy) took over, working closely with the Pistols' former manager, Malcolm McClaren, and overhauled the script to focus almost exclusively on McClaren's self-serving recollections of turning an unknown band into a success through poor musicianship, crafty bookings, and well-publicized bad manners at pivotal moments. Temple's rococo approach evokes an 18th century riot (in which effigies of the Pistols are burned), noir-like passages featuring guitarist Steve Jones as a thief, and the unholy sight of McClaren taking a bath in palatial surroundings. There's little footage of the Pistols themselves, though what exists is choice: the band's infamous Jubilee Day performance on the Thames, their last gig in San Francisco. Years later, McClaren's contention that he pulled one over on us because the Pistols couldn't play is patently absurd. --Tom Keogh

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Special features

  • Interview and commentary with director Julien Temple by rock writer Chris Salewicz

Product details

  • Actors: Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, John Lydon
  • Directors: Julien Temple
  • Writers: Julien Temple
  • Producers: Don Boyd, Jeremy Thomas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0008G2748
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,008 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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