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  • Actors: Rick Rubin, Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone
  • Directors: Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
  • Producers: Jim Fields, Andrew Hurwitz, Diana Holtzberg, George Seminara, Jan Rofekamp
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: March 15 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000642JG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,121 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Ramones ~ End Of The Century-Story Of The Ramones

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Wow! What a great document about the RAMONES! Forget about that crappy ''Raw'' dvd. You must to have this DVD who show the RAMONES without compromise. The dark side... 4 individuals who were clearly instable but together formed one the greatest rock'n'roll band of all time. With great shows excerpts
and very cool interviews, this DVD don't contain any filler like this awful ''Raw'' DVD. Watch this DVD and learn what's behind the premier punk band of all time. Truly amazing.
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I am not a fan of "The Ramones", but I saw this dvd and was curious enough to rent it. Truth to be told, I am pretty happy I did just that.

For fans, "End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones" is a must see, due to the fact that it depicts the beginnings of the band they love, and the struggles for power among its members. Drugs, music and fame are just some of the themes this documentary tackles, through old photos and live takes of the shows of the band, and also through interviews with members of "The Ramones". The bonus features are quite interesting, too.

For non-fans, this is the opportunity to know more about a band that had an enormous influence in rock history. Have you ever seen a t-shirt with "Los Ramones" written on it? Well, this is your chance to discover what that inscription means :)

All in all, strongly recommended!

Belen Alcat
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82 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ramones: Warted and Recognized Sept. 26 2004
By James Carragher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well, I just bought Hey, Ho, Let's Go: The Anthology, so I guess the documentary left its mark last night. Put simply, like Festival Express, this is a must see for 1) fans of the Ramones, 2) rock history buffs, 3) fans of rock music, period. There, that should cover most folks who have stumbled on to this review.

Unlike Festival Express, where the movie highlights were the performances, End has plenty of in-concert performances but is most interesting for the extensive and cross-cutting interviews with band members, managers, and people from other bands, most notably, the late Joe Strummer of Clash. Stepping out from those stock bowl haircuts and black uniforms, the Ramones get in End a portrait that celebrates their individuality, their determination and their warts (Joey's inability to forgive, Johnny's often martinet leadership, DeeDee's willingness to abuse his body in every way imaginable -- and I would guess some unimaginable). Along with the music, what comes through so strongly is their love for the group, if not for each other, and their work ethic -- in all their years they missed only one concert for band misbehavior and Johnny fired Marky over it.

You watch End of the Century wondering how someone as sensitive as Joey ever lived at all, expecting DeeDee to have his overdose on screen in the middle of an interview, respecting Johnny's vision, even if often disagreeing with his methods. And now they are all dead, making even more poignant that moment late in the movie when the off-screen interviewer asks, after Joey's death, Johnny if he felt something when Joey died. Pause. And Johnny says, yes, he felt something, he felt bad all the week of Joey's death, even after not calling him while he was dying, not speaking for nearly two decades. Why, probes the interviewer, why did you feel something? Another pause, and then Johnny says because he was a Ramone, because he loved the Ramones, the group, the music. Moving stuff, moving and entertaining movie.

P.S. Don't miss the swell moment when Debby Harry and Blondie are singing Heart of Glass in what looks like some bubble-machine disco set. Very weird.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Not a concert dvd! March 24 2005
By M. Arbusto - Published on Amazon.com
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I just want to point out something that I think some Ramones fans might be missing; and that is; this is a moving film about a dysfunctional rock and roll family who were stuck with each other for over 20 years in spite of the fact that they wanted to escape each other. They weren't like other bands who travelled first class and could escape to private quarters on luxury buses either. They travelled well into their 40s in small rental vans so they were really in each other's faces.

And that's the point. It's not "depressing" or "short on concert footage" per se. I don't think that is the point at all. It's a documentary film that strips away all the rock illusions of glamour and fame that fans might WISH was the truth but it just ain't. This is what it's really like to be a punk rocker...for life. It ain't pretty and if you can't take it then you probably don't really understand what the Ramones and everyone like them were really about in the first place.

So, as a film fan, I loved it. It was touching and funny and poignant. So I say to ramones fans looking for confirmation of something that never truly existed, open your mind and try to accept what this excellent film is trying to tell you; the real life of our rock heros is not the wonderful, glamorous dream we, as fans, get lost in. This is what it is.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock n roll will never die March 15 2005
By William Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ramones' music sounds eternal to me. It is raw power, "white heat," as Joe Strummer describes it during this excellent documentary. This release takes on added meaning after the passing of two Ramones, but it's more than just the story of one particular legendary band. It's about the early days of American punk, the CBGB's scene of the late '70s, and even the essence of rock n roll itself. Thru it all is the mighty music of a band that stands as an icon for the last century and will do so into the future. Besides all of that high falutin' stuff, though, End of the Century is just a fascinating documentary to watch. I got totally engrossed in the origins of the group, their rise to glory, the various in-fighting and love-hate relationships within the band, etc. The extras with the DVD are pretty good too, although a little more care could have gone into their presentation. For example, the short feature on "Who wrote what" with Tommy Ramone is fun, but an off-camera interviewer names the songs in a barely audible voice while Tommy says who wrote them. How hard would it have been to run the song titles on the screen as Tommy named the writers for each of them? Instead it's nearly impossible to hear some of the titles as the interviewer softly calls them out.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of the Century, End of an Era Oct. 20 2004
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ramones are, like so many artists that alter the course of creative history, recognized long after their due. "End Of The Century" chronicles the band without airbrushing the blemishes. Frequently funny, sometimes sad and even myth destroying, footage of the band through the years and up to the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame establishes the Ramones and their timeline. Watching it, you wonder how they ever toughed it out for over twenty years. At the same time, you're eternally grateful that they did, even though you get to watch Johnny dismiss "Mondo Bizarro" and Phil Spector.

There is plenty of other activity on the screen. Joe Strummer and Debbie Harry are prominent on the interviews, and vintage shots of live Iggy and the New York Dolls are interspersed with the Ramones' interviews and songs. The anecdotal quips from Legs McNeill and others provide invaluable insider looks into the history of Ramones. If you have a passing interest in Punk Rock, or any rock, try to see this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irony of the title... Nov. 12 2005
By dvdtrkr - Published on Amazon.com
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That as soon as the 21st century hit, 3 of the core members would pass away from 2001-2004.

Joey and Dee Dee had died before or during the time the film was put together, and Johnny stuck around long enough for the 30th anniversary tribute and for this film to be completed.

Thankfully, they were able to capture them in a combination of interviews past and present to put together a film that put in as much as possible, yet left so much out, something that Ramones fans would say about their setlist...come to think of it, they've played shows shorter than this film!

This is recommended for hardcore Ramones fans as well as people who want to learn what the band was about, and peels the layers on who did what in the band. True to "punk ethics", it pulls no punches, everything seems to be out there in the open. Probably the most shocking thing is that they loved the Bay City Rollers.

Blondie represented the CBGB crew, Glen Matlock and Joe Strummer talk about how their music impacted England.

Their original drummer/producer/manager Tommy offers a lot of insight to where they grew up (should be a historic landmark in Forest Hills!), other friends from the neighborhood, the music that influenced them, and what made them Ramones, and the various conflicts that threatened to break them up,worst of which was a love triangle between Johnny and Joey over a woman. You'll never hear "The KKK Took My Baby Away" the same.

Phil Spector does get more than a short mention, they go into detail about the recording of "End of the Century". Put it this way, it doesn't help his case with Lana Clarkson...

There's also the bitterness over why overseas they're treated like gods yet have to fight to play a club in the US, and in the 90s, why they still got no respect as a rock band while the Nirvanas and Pearl Jams eclipsed them. They kind of gloss over what happened in the 80s and 90s, although they do show Joey going into the hospital before he was in bad shape (Dee Dee already looked like he was on his way there..).

I do wish they had interviewed Howard Stern who was a longtime friend of the band (who had no shortage of drunk Joey recordings), and was responsible for getting Johnny and Joey on speaking terms after leaving off on bitter terms in 96. The last time they had been together was for a CD signing of their anthology at Tower, something that would have been nice for this film. I don't remember seeing the Simpsons footage there, either...

The extras are okay.

The past couple of years has been good to Ramones fans though: Bizarre Tales which is a CD/DVD box set that includes the promo videos, and the "Raw"and "Rock and Roll High School" DVDs.

My recommendations to purchase with this film:

Prereq: all the Ramones CDs, or the 2 CD anthology to cover the bases.

The Filth and the Fury, Westway to the World, and Punk/Attitude.

Books: "On The Road with The Ramones" by their former road manager and Dee Dee's 3 paperbacks "Labotomy: Surviving the Ramones", "Chelsea Horror Hotel", and "Poison Heart". Jim Bessman's "American Band" is also a decent overview of the band, and Legs Mc Neil's "Please Kill Me" is required reading for "punk rock snob 101".. in that case also pick up on CD the "Nuggets" box set, Love's "Forever Changes", Phil Spector's "Back to Mono", and Suicide's debut, Television's "Marquee Moon", and everything (pre-reunion although the reunion stuff's not bad) by MC5, The Stooges, and the New York Dolls.