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on 9 June 2013
If you want to know about the rise and fall of the notorious punk band the sex pistols, then this is the DVD for you!
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on 11 September 2014
If ya love punk then ya must see this film, it is an education as well as entertainment.
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on 27 April 2014
English screenwriter and music video and documentary director Julien Temple`s fourth documentary feature, premiered at the 16th Sundance Film Festival in 2000, was shot on location in England and is a UK production which was produced by producers Anita Camarata and Amanda Temple. It tells the story about a man raised by his Roman Catholic working class parents who had immigrated from Ireland and three same-aged English citizens named Steve Jones, Glen Matlock and Paul Cook who during a time of significant political conflicts, sectarian violence, football hooliganism, racism, inflation and youth culture, formed a band with their English manager named Malcolm McLaren who had opened a boutique in Chelsea, London, England with English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, and who later befriended a seventeen-year-old fan of the Sex Pistols who would become the fifth and final member.

Distinctly and subtly directed by English filmmaker Julien Temple, this finely paced documentary which is narrated interchangeably from the band members` viewpoints though mostly from the lead singers` point of view, draws an informative and unprecedented portrayal of a timely, socially oriented, intentionally offensive, satirically humerous, distinguishably anarchistic, bilaterally received and influential group consisting of a singer, a drummer, a lead guitarist and two bass players, their experiences and their relationship with their producer, their audience, their homeland, record labels, journalist and with each other. While notable for its respectful silhouette interviews which preserves the atmosphere and remarkable concert and backstage footage, this narrative-driven story about civil disobedience, friendship and the founding of a culture of music and everything that came with it during the year when the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven were convicted, the Vietnam War ended, German-Jewish political theorist Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) and Czech-American filmmaker Milos Forman`s "One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest" had its premiere, eloquently reminiscences a period in time when the Labour Party was in government and a lasting cultural movement emerged.

This densely biographical, coherently historic, sociological and gravitating retelling of real events in the history of a nation and the lives of five sons of England from the early 2000s which is set mostly in England, Northern Ireland and the United States in the late 20th century, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, distinct film editing by film editor Niven Howie, efficient use of archive material, fictional approach which increases the surreal aspects, close to theatrical interviews of Nancy Spungen and Sid Vicious, politicized lyrics, the contrasting and life-affirming scenes from a benefit concert in Huddersfield, England in 1977 for children of firemen who were on strike and the prominent and memorable narration by English singer, songwriter and front-man John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten. An irreverently reverent, silently condemning and ultimately heartrending homage.
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on 4 December 2004
This is a fantastic piece of documentary making.It is extremely moving, yet also extremely funny. The cutting of the documentary with footage from the 70's sets the Pistols in their social and cultural context,serving to reinforce the massive impact they had in a dark time.
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on 28 July 2015
Just about the most accurate record of Punk and The Pistols that its possible to get,It has little of the sensationalism that usually comes with these types of doc and goes more for the feelings of those involved and how they are now.
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on 16 April 2004
This DVD is a must buy for any fans of the pistols as it gives a lot of information on the different members of the band and how the band became so popular all the way from the start in 1975 to the final show in San Fransisco in 1978. it has many rare interviews and clips of the band which makes this well worth the money. the only downfall of the DVD is that there arent any special features other than the trailer for the film but with everything in the film i don't think the lack of special features is too much of a disapointment so i think any fan of the sex pistols should definitely have this.
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on 20 September 2015
Inspiring - be yourself! Don't take life too seriously. Pistols were like a firework - burst colourfully into life then disappeared.
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on 18 September 2015
Superb film for any self respecting Pistols fan and well worth watching to hear their history from their perspective
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on 27 February 2014
I love this era, the Sid and Nancy story and the whole punk thing. This film captured it for me.
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on 17 October 2016
a great story by one of the most important bands of all time , the music makes it for me .
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