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Style Wars [Import USA Zone 1]
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An essential piece of work for any fan of hip hop or graffiti culture. Quite simply an inspiring film and a great document of late 70's/early 80's New York --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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I know it sounds funny, but the blu-ray MENU is even cool, and it's the first thing you see. It's comprised of various first-person view shots of the subway moving along the platforms. The footage is grainy and "real" I guess you could say, and shows sights of New York City back in the 80's that gets you right in the mood for the rest of the film.
The big attraction is seeing all those old moving subway trains with graffiti on them. It's there. I could kinda end this review right there, but there is a lot more on this blu-ray for the die hard hip-hop fanatic.
The outtakes: This is the highlight of the disc for me. It's basically a second version of Style Wars with never before seen footage. Notable stars like Futura 2000, Fab Five Freddy and Keith Haring make appearances. They never made it to the final cut, and the reasons why are explored in depth with another added feature: Style Wars on the Cutting Room Floor. Basically it was a movie made while Style Wars was filmed, and it documents the internal debates amongst the filmmakers regarding what would eventually be included in the movie. One interesting tidbit is that Tony Silver remarks about how they thought they were documenting a movement that was in its last days, only to find out mid-film that they were on the ground floor of the beginning!
One interesting part of the outtakes is that a city worker admonishes the film makers for showcasing graffiti, as it will inevitably spread what she saw as a damaged culture. Maybe her assessment of the culture was incorrect but her take on the film's effect was not!
The other extras are "B-Boy Showcase" which is a lot of footage from the Rock Steady vs. Dynamic Rockers breakdance contest, and a version of the film with Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant's commentary.
Admittedly, there are a couple of rough spots in this release, It was shot in 16mm, meant for television, and so some of the grain shows in the higher resolution version, which you would not see on the old televisions. I don't have a 5.1 surround system so I can't vouch for the audio on this release either.
All-in-all, if you have the cassette version and DVD of Style Wars already, you will still want to get this too. If you are new to the movie, this is the best version to start with.
Style Wars immerses the viewer in the lives of real New York City characters, who's stories actually took place. Creative, energetic, rebellious kids looking for an outlet for their ideas, and a way to belong to something, they turned the New York City subway into their battleground and art gallery. The look, the sound, the feel of the environment... all perfectly documented. You feel as though you're in the yard circa 1981, breathing paint fumes and lookin' over your shoulder for the cops, or at the writer's bench, talkin' up your next big "burner".
If you're an avid fan of the hip-hop culture, and want to vicariously live (or re-live) the life of a New York City teen in the early 80's for an hour, this film is for you. The DVD extras are dope as well!
From the very beginning, with the dark shots of the trains rolling through the yards, it's apparent that is a very well filmed piece. The mood of the early 80s is nicely portrayed with the imagery and soundtrack.
What's really great about Style Wars, is that althought it's meant to show graffiti culture to outsiders, it doesn't have the feel of a mundane "outside looking in" type documentary. The makers definitely knew not to treat graffiti as some type of fleeting trend or mildly interesting phenomenon. They saw the depth of it and portrayed it well.
Coming from NYC, graffiti has been a part of my life for a long time. I can honestly say that this is a very good film to watch to learn it's history. It will have you thinking more about the graff you see on a day to day basis.
I would say that there could have been more action shots of actual painting being done. I mean, the artists featured in the film bombed hardcore, they wouldn't opposed to be being filmed in action. Either way, the picture montages and rolling train shots suffice.