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Blank Generation [DVD] [1979] [US Import]

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  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305797099
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristian Soltvedt on 29 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
"Blank generation" is a movie featuring punkrocker Richard Hell and his band The Voidoids made by germanborn director Ulli Lommel (Cocaine cowboys, Boogeymen etc.) Made as a story of love/hate between Punkrocker Billy (Hell) and his girlfriend, a french TV-journalist (Carole Bouquet, the "Bond Girl" in For your eyes only), is the highlists of the movie without doubt the studio- and liveperformances (from the legendary CBGB) of Richard Hell and the Voidoids . Seen in a minor role is Andy Warhol which surely has caused that more people are aware of this movie than wihout his 5-minute appearance. "Blank generation", made in 1979, is one of the few documents from the age of punk and have been called a dark slice of the Punk life that was. The movie was filmed entirely on location in the streets and clubs of New York City`s Lower East Side and became a sensation of the London underground scene in the early `90`s. (movie also icludes director Lommel`s own "favourite", Suzanna Love)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A multi prism with a few major fundamental flaws; it operates primarily as a bus window depiction of 1970's New York, that has long since disappeared under regenerated flatulence. This film documents a time before the huge inner city cash injection, lit up the moderne boredom with a million halogen lamps, hanging limply in designer pads to provide you with "Friends." It has a guest appearance by the King of Ennui, Andy Warhol, who appears as a sage in his latter years.

Richard Hell and his girl, a former Bond starlet, are stuck in a film trailer; trying to punch their way out into something with grit. As an insight it depicts his band, plus his poor acting ability, which is dressed up by the way with a complete lack of punk credentials. There is nothing that would distinguish this from from any other rock flick of the era and quite why he fell for it is a little disconcerting.

The live footage captures the angst of his personal performance, as he plays bass and sings with Quine, wrenching the guitar at CBGB's.

But unfortunately the rest of the film lacks any creative tension and any understanding. It falls flat as a document of the era, lacking the inner view only to show you something historical and this is where it held my interest. But as a straightforward projection onto an era it fails to capture the internal visceral anger boiling and frothing as a searing acid. It lacks emotions and there was plenty of those in operation during this time. It is a sanitised emotionally vapid film.

In retrospect it gains some points showing New York at it was - a time that has long since passed. It does transport you somewhere else, but not to the emotional zeit of an era, as it simply allows you to become a tourist on a bus in New York.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Voidoids live! 12 July 2000
By omaha d perez - Published on
Format: DVD
Worth buying for the live performances alone. The only high quality video (or audio for that matter) footage of Richard Hell & the Voidoids available - outstanding! I only wish there was more band footage.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Crap with some bright spots 27 Mar. 2010
By Michael Toland - Published on
Format: DVD
There are really only 4 reasons to watch this film.

1. The scenes of Richard Hell & the Voidoids performing at CBGB.
2. The beautiful cinematography capturing the Lower East Side of New York in the wintertime in 1978.
3. Elliot Goldenthal's wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack.
4. Hell's bluntly honest interview about the film.

Otherwise it's pretty dire - badly acted (as Hell admits), directionless, nonsensical. Ulli Lommel (who would go on to a thriving career in straight-to-video horror flicks) clearly had no idea where he was going with this movie or even what "blank generation" meant. Worth your time only for any combination of the bullet points above.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
see it just to see 16 Jun. 2003
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Format: DVD
blank generation is a little quirky but quite good. There are a resonable amount of performance scenes which makes the film worthwhile. If you like punk music you should see this movie. There's some great footage and great sound quality. Andy Warhol's brief apperance is interesting and its just a good movie to see. Not outstanding, but good enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Live CBGB footage of Hell and his Original Gang of Voidoids... 12 May 2014
By Peter J Sitero - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although the movie part of this disjointed flic is a bit B-rated artsy, there are an abundance of scenes with Mr. Hell just being Richard. The CBGB scenes inserted into the movie represent his weekly routine on stage. This is where the payoff for buying the movie begins... excellent footage of the real thing, Punk Rock as it was meant to be played and all the original Voidoids in awesome form. There is a rather lengthy interview with Richard as a bonus and is the gem of icing on the cake. If you are a true 1977 Punker then this will fill in some gaps that document this world wide movement we call Punk Rock 77 style.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Richard Hell and The Voidoids. 31 Mar. 2010
By Dangerous Music Prod Pendas - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great scenes from Richard Hell and The Voidoids Live at CBGB's in the late 70's, the movie is not that good, but having the chance of watching one of the greatest american punk bands of all times is worth the time.
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