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Sid! By Those Who Really Knew Him [DVD]

Sid Vicious    Exempt   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sid Vicious
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EEDF7Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,003 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This brand new documentary, in association with ITN Archive, charts the fall and rise of Sid Vicious from punk s hero to society s cultural icon of the twentieth century. Sid s short and controversial life is profiled with interviews from Jah Wobble (childhood friend, founder pil). Steve Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), David Vanian (The Damned), Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols Manager), Viv Albertine (Flatmate, The Slits), Ron Watts (100 Club), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistol), Rat Scabies (The Damned), Caroline Coon (Writer and Artist), Vivienne Westwood (Sex Designer), Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants), John Tiberi (Sex Pistols Tour Manager), and many more of Sid s close friends. Featuring previously unseen archive footage and filmed in HD. This new documentary provides the most definitive and intimate life story of the punk hero who truly lived his life with chaos and anarchy. Fuelled with a soundtrack of Sid s own music, this is the faithful telling of Sid s life story by those who really knew him. Special Collector s Edition DVD Documentary Plus Sid Live in New York 10 Track CD AND Biography by Music Author Mark Paytress

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely moving 28 Mar 2009
There's probably been more inaccurate press about the Sex Pistols and Sid than any other band in history. This film is an attempt to re-dress the balance and to paint a fresh picture of Sid through the personal stories of people who knew him before his national notoriety and early demise.

I'm a huge Pistols fan, I always have been. Although too young to remember punk 'as it happened' (I was only 5 in 1976), the Sex Pistols' influence is clear in much of the contemporary music from my youth, from the Psychedelic Furs to Primal Scream, Big Black to the Pixies and the Butthole Surfers.

If you want to get the wrong idea about Sid and the Pistols, watch the Great Rock and Roll Swindle or Sid and Nancy (I love Sid and Nancy, but only as a work of fiction).

This new film has been produced by the 400 Company with executive production by Christian Riou, lead singer of Claytown Troupe, himself heavily influenced by the punk movement of '75-'77. When a film is produced by a fan there is tenderness and love that is so painfully lacking in Hollywood-sponsored films. So if you really, genuinely loved the Sex Pistols then you're going to appreciate this new film.

If you already know a lot about the Pistols, either because you were there when it all happened, or because you cared enough to separate the truth from the hype then there isn't that much new material for you. However, what really makes this DVD stand out are the very touching, very personal accounts of Sid from Viv Albertine of The Slits and most notably Jah Wobble (aka John Wardle) of Public Image Ltd. Jah's contribution is genuinely moving.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential watch 16 Mar 2009
If you were to say to me that I was going to watch 90 minute special about Sid Vicious, Id think how on earth are they going to fill this. He tried to play the bass, did some gigs, took too many drugs and died. How wrong could I have been, Sid is a fascinating insight into the life of someone that most people know little to nothing about apart from the fact that he is dead. People that knew him like Marco Pironi, David Vanian all tell their Sid stories; one of the more fascinating bits was his friendship with Glen Matlock one of the many things that people didn't know about.

If you have any kind of interest in youth culture, Punk or Alternative music then this is a good watch, and If you are a fan of the Pistols then this is essential.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up 16 Mar 2009
By L B
This is a really well made documentary insight into the short life of Sid Vicious. Featuring genuine people all with stories to tell, this is by far the most informative documentary I have ever seen on Sid, and it appears to be the most reliable too because everyone in it knew Sid in real life.

A must see for anyone interested in Sid and/or the punk scene.
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By Driza
Ahhh, another addition to the Pistols canon. This one is different in that it doesn't just repeat the familiar old stuff that everyone knows about. This would appear to be partly because the film doesn't have access to Rotten, or most of the crucial footage. Partly though, it is because Sid didn't become part of the history, except on a peripheral level until some way into the upward trajectory of the band. So the first part of the film is dependant on the slavering nonsensical drivel of the likes of Caroline Co on, the recollections of a girlfriend,(more of whom.....)and the less than complimentary tone of the owner of the 100 Club. They and varying associates- Dave Vanian, Jah Wobble etc, tried to paint a picture of a goofy, none too bright, non too cool, uncultured slob who appeared to have a loveable naive side as well as a much darker side. Someone who was as capable of being funny and sharp, but someone who took drugs with his mother, and got so drunk he wet the bed regularly. The 100 club boss quite happily had his cake and ate it, proudly showing where Sid beat Nick Kent up, while slagging him and punk off at the same time.
The latter half captures the chaos surrounding the Pistols, his fateful meeting with Nancy, the subsequent addiction and so on, offering some small new insight, but mainly treading tired old ground. The solo career, such that it was, is presented as a genuine attempt to launch a genuine artist on the American Market, which, of course it was anything but. It is at this point I began to realise just exactly what a poor patchy hagiography this film is. Sid, way before the end of the Pistols, was a completely out of control, drug addled, star struck psycho nutjob.He lived his entire life for fame, notoriety and drugs, and thought he could get away with anything.
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