After a very, very, very long wait, the Ramones documentary 'End of the Century' has received a DVD release date. The film was originally hung up due to some legal issues (the filmmakers didn't own the rights to some of the footage used), but it appears things have been straightened out and fans can get their hands on the doc March 15th thanks to Warner Brothers.
In addition to the full-length documentary, the 'End of the Century' DVD will include extras, which are explained as "basically a s***load of great interview stuff (such as a lot more brilliant stuff from Joe Strummer)". Sounds good then.
'End of the Century' first premiered in January 2003, and received rave reviews from those lucky enough to see it. Running nearly two hours in length, the documentary showcases the Ramones long history, including the legendary feuds between its members. Instigators of the punk movement in New York, and all around the globe, the members of The Ramones went through all the stresses touring and recording puts on a band, and now it's on film for all to see.
Produced and directed by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, the documentary includes interviews with all those who counted themselves as a Ramone (Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy, Marky, C.J., and Ritchie), as well as others involved in the Ramones' world (including Deborah Harry, Eddie Vedder, and Rob Zombie). Gramaglia and Fields spent seven years compiling all the footage, and word on the street is they did a bang up job.
The documentary is also set to air in full on the PBS show 'Independent Lens' on April 25th, 2005.
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt