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The Color Of Noise (2015/Robellion Films/MVD Visual Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: C+/C Sound: C+/C Extras: A Documentary: C+

Amphetamine Reptile Records founded and ruin by the artist Haze XXL (aka Tom Hazelmyer), take to memory lane for punk rock bands they have sponsored over the years from bands like The Cows to Halo Of Flies. Including interviews from the band members, directors, to artists and dealers, they tell their stories from the streets to the stage, through they years of drugs, violence, sex and rock 'n' roll, especially of in Eric Robel's The Color Of Noise (2015).

Lock your daughters up because this is what moms warned you about and what dads feared their sons will become. Punk rock was something between rock 'n' roll and metal rock, but represented the extreme culture. Anything shocking, or taboo was it goal and their music matched their moods. For the bands who made it big, it literally was a drug high, the got stage stoned, and had drug and sex when they were off stage. They were followed and supported by various artists who would draw X-rated posters/CD covers and people who thought being rebels/rejects of society was cool ...and they didn't care. All it mattered was the music, the art, (and the money helps) and the high.

You have to wonder sometimes, if music was a representation of our culture what did punk rock want to represent? The best or the worst? The music was loud and the words were shocking, at times some of the bands even played naked on stage. They loved the Satanic art, Nazi symbols in their posters, because they wanted to own being the 'rebels and misfits of society'. Watching/listen to them would make you feel like you were doing drugs (though sadly, more than a few band members have died from drug overdoses).

The archive footage is rough throughout and is shown often, so the 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is only going to be so good and only a marginal improvement from the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 DVD, so only expect so much from playback, though the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the Blu-ray is a little better than that of the DVD. Fortunately, you get a ton of extras including commentaries, video featurettes, music videos from bands, interviews with band members, poster gallery and booklet, and trailers and promos.

- Ricky Chiang


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