D.O.A – A Rite of Passage (Punk) [Documentary/Review]

8/10

Year: 1980
Genre: Punk Rock/Music Documentary
Source: Blu-Ray (Second Sight)

The now classic documentary Centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States, which ended with the group breaking up, the tour was the only one the Pistols played in the United States. Director Lech Kowalski followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their U.S. tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of alle shapes and colors, Kowalski captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak with live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex and Sham 69.

It’s really awesome to see this time period captured and especially to see Sex Pistols. Johnny and Sids stage manners have always talked to me, Sids fuck off attitude and Mr. Rottens ”I belong in an insane asylum” Singing style. We also get the Classic Sid and Nancy interview, that I would proberly as a rebelious 15 year old thought was cool, but now it’s just sad. Since to me Punk and the HArdcore movemens should be a force to change injustice in the world, a social protest, not something for suicidal glue sniffers.

It’s really awesome to see this time period captured and especially to see the Sex Pistols. Johnny and Sids stage manners that I have always lived, Sids fuck off attitude and Mr. Rottens ”I belong in an insane asylum” singing style. We also get the Classic Sid and Nancy interview, that I would probably as a rebellious 15 year old thought was cool, but now it’s just sad. To me Punk and the Hardcore movements should be a force to change injustice in the world, a social protest, not something for suicidal glue sniffers.

Of course, since we are in the US most of the times we get the christian weirdos, short interviews with some apparent brain dead fans. Again, being juvenile and throwing fits like 5 year olds, is not what Punk intended it to be.

In the UK we meet Bernard Brooke Partridge, a member of the social London council or simply ”The Angry Dude”. He is awesome in his British uptightness. Amazing quotes like ”I will listen to what they have to say when they learn how to speak Proper Queens English”. 😂

Of the other bands featured here, X-Ray Spex is fantastic (although I wish they would lose that f**kin saxophone). Generation X, The Rich Kids, sham 69 are all great. Although I don’t get why they spend so much time with Terry and the idiots though. Are they supposed to be funny? I think they are just pure crap. Terry talks about some banana bread recipe and overall just seems pointless through out. One of these Punks that’s totally useless, don’t have any thoughts about changing society, he just don’t want to work.

As a documentary I would give it about 7/10, but for capturing this time period I would give it 10/10.

This blu-ray release from Second Sight is just great and it’s filled with extra material:

Bonus Features

  • Dead on Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was
  • A feature length documentary produced by Richard Schenkman and featuring exclusive new interviews with Punk magazine founder and Ramones cover-artist John Holmstrom, co-director & music journalist Chris Salewicz, photographer Roberta Bayley, Sex Pistols’ historian Mick O’Shea, former Rich Kid guitarist Midge Ure and original D.O.A. crew members David King, Mary Killen, Rufus Standefer plus never-before-seen interview footage with Malcolm McLaren
  • D.O.A.: A Punk Post Mortem
  • A brand-new exclusive interview with co-director and music journalist Chris Salewicz
  • Includes both Blu-ray and DVD versions
  • Limited Edition booklet written by Tim Murray with additional article by Phelim O’Neill

It’s also available as download and on-demand from iTunes, Amazon and all major platforms.

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