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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.
Hence Wild Style's bad "rap" in the acting department. What's brilliant about Wild Style is that all the key roles are played by real emcees, deejays, breakdancers, and graf writers. Unlike Beat Street, where the center character (Ramo) is portrayed by some thirty-year-old white guy pretending to be a teenage graffiti writer. Or Breakin', which has as its cast everyone who got kicked off the set of the TV show Fame.
And Wild Style's "poor plot" is another victim of the reality/drama confusion. Yeah, there's no awesome John Woo-style gunplay or revenge drama. Instead we have an honest and historical account of the merging of South Bronx subculture and New York's Uptown art scene. Fab Five Freddy, whose character "Fade" in the movie shuttles between these two worlds, was, in reality, a liason who helped hip-hop cross boundaries into mainstream culture (first, as depicted in the film, and later as vee-jay for Yo! MTV Raps). Lee Quinones really was a young artist trying to find his place in a world of alienation, and in the film is the archetype of the individual vs.Read more ›
Granted, we see the original artists at work (Lee, Lady Pink, etc.) but it might have had a smoother feel if the cast were made up of (at the very least) collegiate actors. Considering "Lee" is portraying not himself, but a character named "Zorro," why not use actors who could deliver a better performance?
I enjoyed the video overall (only because I was there in NYC and had met Lee in the late 70's) but if you're interested in a quality production on the origins of NYC rap and what graffiti bombing (back in the day) were really like, then I suggest you hunt down a copy of the '82 "Style Wars." Amazon would be doing a great service to the graffiti world if they marketed that video instead of this inept production.
WILD STYLE was ahead of its time, so what you'll see is older than old school, which will probably interest some but disappoint others. There are some classic scenes, but this movie would've been better had it been a full-on documentary instead of a mix of hardcore street footage and a weak plot which doesn't arouse much interest.
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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 Jill Trill
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 morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by British Commentator
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2003 by adesh. kumar
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003 by James Rodriguez
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... Read morePublished on May 20 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by REGINALD M PEOPLES
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2002
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
Hip Hop back in the day told by the greatest pioneers that set the foundation on what we listen to today. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by Miguel Alvarez