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Wild Style

'Lee' George Quinones , Lady Pink , Charlie Ahearn    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I just spoke with Charlie Ahearn this weekend at the panel discussion in NYC for the book "Aerosol Kingdom" (which you should definitely check out) and I asked him about the kitchen scene. The problem was money (I know, big surprise). The people that hold the rights to the two songs used in that small clip wanted $8,000 each, which was far more than Charlie could pony up, especially after all of the other costs of re-releasing a film.
People always think there is some major multi-national corporation behind every project, but in this case it was just Charlie Ahearn (Rhino is distributing, but they don't get involved with the production costs). So, in short, try to understand that sometimes unfortunately money is a real issue, especially when you have real people (not companies) involved.
By the way, the only version that had the original music in it was the theatrical release. The VHS release is the same as the DVD version.
I would HIGHLY recommend that you check out this hip-hop classic for the truest depiction of what it was like back in the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars legendary classic Oct. 9 2003
im from england and in 1984 the hip hop breaking and grafiti scene arrived. but it took me a good 6 months to really get into it. i use to bomb my school walls and break too. in 1985 the breakin scene died down, but in my heart i wanted to keep it alive. it wasnt till the summer of 1986 when i went to NEW YORK that i was looking forward to seeing the greatest breakers and graffiti artists, but when i arrived it was all finished. i even asked people on the street wheres all the breakin and graffiti, they replied its out of style man. i was just so saddened i could not have seen a culture which in my view was new yorks greatest. it wasnt till after that i saw WILD STYLE,WHICH made it more saddened for me. i actually stayed in the south bronx, in which was the centre of it all. Wild style bought the real fruit of the culture. if there was no wild style, i dont think there would of been beat street, breakin or any of the other classics. Even to this day i still have the pleasure in watching it. Many people in ENGLAND believed that going and bombing trains in new york was part of the film, but life in NEW YORK was exactly how you saw wild style. I remember a puerto rican guy named CHICO who i made friends with over in new york, said to me" wild style exactly how new york was in 1983,84. i guess my real sadness was i couldnt of gone to new york at that time to see it.

GOD BLESS, all old skool lovers....
adesh kumar.... many thanks
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4.0 out of 5 stars HERE'S A LIL' STORY THAT MUST BE TOLD... Sept. 22 2003
C'mon, who can resist all that bummy-ass gear some of our Hip Hop hero's are rockin' in this movie? lol Or how about the infamous ball court face-off with Cold Crush and the Fantastic 5? Not to mention Double Trouble's classic set in gangster garbs and totin' "toolies". Wild Style, though low in budget, is definitely high in spirit and Hip Hop talent. One of the very few pieces of urban cinema to capture New York Hip Hop pioneers during their zenith, Wild Style is a cult classic. But before we head down to the "Dixie" to puff cheeba and jam; there is one bone that needs to be picked. What in God's name was director Charlie Ahearn thinking when he replaced the original music from the infamous "kitchen" scene with Grandmaster Flash!? For those of you who need more clarity - in the original version of Wild Style (i.e., pre-DVD) turntable legend, Grandmaster Flash butchers Bob James' infamous "Mardi Gras" on a pair of 1 & 2's in his kitchen. In the DVD version, (to my surprise) Flash is cuttin' up another breakbeat! My jaw dropped when I heard this b-list beat replacing a breakbeat classic. I think Mr. Ahearn n' gang were out on tour when Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver (creators of the classic, Style Wars) were teaching "Hip Hop Integrity 101" and "How To Release A Hip Hop Classic on DVD". Was Ahearn too cheap to pay for the rights to use that beat? Damn Charlie, I know Wild Style has been (financially) good to you; so, what gives? How could you sell the consumers short, (on DVD no less)? The lil' extras on the DVD are cool and the movie itself is still classic, but Ahearn definitely get's a 0 for "remixing" one of the illest Hip Hop scenes of all time! Nuff said. --James "Koe" Rodriguez
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With the recent release of the truly fantastic "Style Wars" on double DVD and its assorted surprises and added features, the errors, omissions, and ultimately negative tinkering with "Wild Style" on DVD are made even more alarmingly clear. Not a good sign for a movie that seemed always like a cute little story about the early hip-hop years than a powerhouse phenomenon. I can understand why people twenty years on might get excited about seeing it, but the truth is that it never was really something to get excited about in the first place.
To someone who was there when it all went down, "Wild Style" is a chaotic and somewhat-interesting "cute home movie" with atrocious acting, lethargic pacing, a disastrously bad ending, and an embarassingly poor sense of filmmaking. The film is so devastatingly predictable and laughingly mundane that it is a wonder that any sort of cult appreciation for it exists at all. As everyone will probably agree, the saving grace of the entire project is twofold: the soundtrack is still one of the top ten pieces of hip-hop music of all time, and the fact that the actors themselves are the real old-school heroes from the scene is more than an adequate excuse for their bad acting skillz. I mean, who wouldn't want to hear Rammellzee rap for another three hours, or see Lee and Zephyr screw around in the yards zooted out of their minds, or hear Fab 5 Freddie try to ad-lib the role of a cheesy promoter? The whole concept was fly, but it's the end result that is less than the sum of its parts. The scenes with Patti Astor make me sick, and the good scenes can be boiled down to a twenty-minute highlight film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up
This is a classic film that holds up. Style and music may have changed but the quest to be recognized and do great art is still prevalent. I love this movie!
Published on Dec 26 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
If you are into Hip Hop and don't own this then you should! It's a capture of the early eighties scene on the edge of going worldwide..the very end of the old school. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by British Commentator
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect Shakespeare, expect Hip-hop!
I think it's possible that a generation raised on "realism" in movies, and now "reality TV" (oxymorons for morons), have come to expect De Niro-style dramatic acting in every movie... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by H. Brumfield
5.0 out of 5 stars U MUST LEARN !
To truly understand where the culture is and where it's going, wild style is the answer. I had seen clips of this flick when i was young, but i never experienced the whole movie. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by REGINALD M PEOPLES
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1st and only true hip hop movie
I've been into the hip hop and b-boying scene for almost 12 years. I have seen all the breakin movies; breakin, beat street, style wars,etc. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2002 by "shaolinmonk183"
5.0 out of 5 stars This flick is the raw hip hop fuzz yo!
There are no actors in this movie (cuz nobody can act) but it's 2 funky...check it out 4 real.
Published on Nov. 13 2002 by Peter Panagakos
5.0 out of 5 stars Scooby-Doo!
Hip Hop back in the day told by the greatest pioneers that set the foundation on what we listen to today. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2002 by Miguel Alvarez
1.0 out of 5 stars about the Paulie's review
On thing is sure is that I find scandalous this changing of music in the movie, sorry for the company but won't buy it, I was going to. They could also have added lots of extras. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by deffunk2000
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME DVD!!!!
Wild Style, the video bible of any real hip hop fan who grew up in the 1980s. The DVD version is a huge step up from the video that was released a few years back. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2002 by josh
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