Part 1, 2, & 3
Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline Of Western Civilization was perceived as shocking and outrageous at the time of its original release in 1981 and its two follow-up films were no less extraordinary and revealing. Today, museums and educational institutions around the world present them as a historically significant works of art. Featuring some of the most influential and innovative musicians and groups of all time: Germs, Black Flag, X, Fear, Circle Jerks, Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne, these riveting, unflinching and hard-core films adeptly captured the spirit of a major cultural phenomenon.
Now for the first time, all three films are available in one deluxe box set. And while all three films have been restored in high definition, they are in keeping with the feel of the rebellious times in which they were shot. Here’s an immersive tour of in-your-face filmmaking and music.
Commentary by Dave Grohl
Tawn Mastrey of KNAC Interviews Penelope Spheeris
Never-Before-Seen Original Footage, Performances and Interviews
Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archive Interviews Penelope Spheeris
40-Page Booklet Featuring Rare Stills and Text by Domenic Priore
Shout! Factory have done a pretty fantastic job bringing The Decline Of Western Civilization Collection .The movies look and sound as good as you'd want them to and the set is jam-packed with extras that are both interesting and often times very entertaining as well.
The films themselves hold up well as cultural artifacts of their respective times. Anyone with an interest in punk, metal or just subcultures in general should seriously appreciate this boxed set and all that it contains, June 19, 2015
Part 3 has parts filmed in the late 90s at the showcase theatre in Southern California where we at Crustpunks wasted our youth... Shout out to our buddy Troll!