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5.0 out of 5 stars This NEEDS to be re-released!!!
This movie is an entertaining look at the sex pistols rise to fame in 10 simple steps, told by manager Malcom Mclaren, its a must see for pistols fans. Although it was released after the death of Sid Vicious and the departure of Johnny Rotten, it still contains rare footage of both, including sid's last ever interview and unreleased studio tracks. Sadly this Film has...
Published on 2 May 2004 by horsborough

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Don't know if its just my copy of the DVD, but it seems to have been edited from the original film - there are short sequences removed here and there, and the whole of the "Friggin In The Riggin" song is gone.
Apart from that, its good to see the chaos that was the pistols relived on this DVD. The live sequences are excellent, and the picture makes an interesting...
Published on 20 July 2005


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 20 July 2005
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This review is from: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle [DVD] (DVD)
Don't know if its just my copy of the DVD, but it seems to have been edited from the original film - there are short sequences removed here and there, and the whole of the "Friggin In The Riggin" song is gone.
Apart from that, its good to see the chaos that was the pistols relived on this DVD. The live sequences are excellent, and the picture makes an interesting comparsion to the much later "Filth and Fury".
If you liked the Pistols, try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This NEEDS to be re-released!!!, 2 May 2004
This movie is an entertaining look at the sex pistols rise to fame in 10 simple steps, told by manager Malcom Mclaren, its a must see for pistols fans. Although it was released after the death of Sid Vicious and the departure of Johnny Rotten, it still contains rare footage of both, including sid's last ever interview and unreleased studio tracks. Sadly this Film has become a rarity because of the fact it has been discontinued, I have a very bad copy of it on Video Disc and it is very hard to find on VHS, a couple of years ago it was released in Japan on DVD but sadly it wasn't released for long so to find a DVD version is even harder. So Instead of Releasing instead of just releasing Sex Pistols CDs For the pistols 25th Anniversary, Virgin should have released the Great rock n roll swindle on DVD.Hopefully this title will be released on DVD in the near future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film, 24 Nov 2013
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not the best film in the world as a little dated but brilliant to have in my collection . More please
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watch it but dont believe it......, 25 Mar 2007
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This review is from: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle [DVD] (DVD)
For all fans of the Pistols, & punk generally, this is a great peace of fiction based on the Pistols story told by a man with an ego he would like to believe is the biggest!

Malcolm McLaren pretends to be the main man (as he is prone to), but that doesnt spoil some good parts of this film, including some good tracks & performances.

For a true & better film see Filth & The Fury, a film done by The Pistols with, I believe, Julian Temple again, however this film is worth watching- Just dont believe the tripe!!

(BTW Temple apologised for his part in producing Rock n Roll Swindle)
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 'Cash-in' Maclaren at his best - or worst ?, 11 July 2000
There's really not much to merit in this compilation of The Sex Pistols' finest (ie, filthiest!) moments, although it's funny and ironic in parts, but certainly a product of its time. Maclaren was still enjoying moderate success with his controversial Bow Wow Wow project when this was released, so this was clearly another one of his blatant cash-in's on previous 'successes', but at least he was fairly honest about it.
Hvaing said this, it still accurately portrays the snivelling obnoxiousness of the Pistol's at their peak (no wonder, with a grey mid-70's UK in as depressed a state as it had ever been in), and the fact that they were one of the few bands in history that really did make a difference.
Best Scene : You've got to laugh when Sid Vicious jumps out of bed, stands spreadeagled before the camera and vigourously rubs his 'scrot' through his Y-fronts to the sound of a Steve Jones riff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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Brilliant DVD, as expected, great service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!, 1 May 2014
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Bought as a gift for my husband who's a Sex pistols fan! Not my cup of tea but he thinks it's great! So happy with purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oddball classic, 2 April 2014
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Grew up in this era. This is one of the few films that I saw twice in the cinema (probably because I was in my teens and cat woman took her kit off on it). This is the version where Virgin realised that she was underage and had to rotascope a bikini on her to get past censors and the law. Love the cartoons! God bless the queen eh John?
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4.0 out of 5 stars my sisters pressie, 11 Jan 2014
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i bought this for my sister and she hadnt seen it since her youth and she watched it, good condition and brought back memories of my punk days eek!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Sex Pistol according to McLaren?, 7 Jun 2010
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An interesting film in full frame, but clearly & open matt as the sprocket marks are clear on the right side of the screen.

Not a bad copy, extras are a narration & an interview that has sound problems.

As for the film a mix bag or more of a curiosity but a nice companion to add with The Filth & The Fury.

For those into the era or the music, others may wish to steer clear.
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