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Style Wars [DVD] [1983]
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Special Features

  • Style Wars
  • Over 23 minutes of original outtake footage
  • Feature commentary by director-producer Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant
  • Interview with Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant
  • Interview with Style Wars editors Victor Kanefsky and Sam Pollard
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • Digitally remastered 5.1 Dolby soundtrack featuring classic tracs from Grandmaster Flash, The Treacherous Three, Trouble Funk, The Fearless Four, Rammellzee vs. K-Rob and more
  • 32 artist galleries including new interviews, trains and rare photos of Blade, Cap, Cey, Crash, Crazy Legs, Daze, Dez, Dondi, Doze, Duro, Duster, Frosty Freeze, Iz the Wiz, Kase 2, Kel First, Ken Swift, Lee, Mare139, Min One, Noc 167, Paze (Erni), Pink, Quik, Rammellzee, Revolt, Sach, Seen TC5, Seen UA, Shy 147, Skeme, Tracy 168, and Zephyr
  • Tributes to Dondi and Shy 147
  • Guest interviews of Fab 5 Freddy, Goldi, Guru, DJ Red Alert, and photographer Martha Cooper
  • "Destroy All Lines" 30 minute loop of over 200 whole cars and burners
  • Featuring music from Def Jux recording artists El-P, RJD2, and Aesop Rock, plus Mr. Wiggle Kimson "Angola-Red" Albert, and Darryl Jenifer


Style Wars
Calisthenic breakdancing and big, bold graffiti art were in top form and popularity in the U.S. in the early and mid-'80s, and this documentary extols the spirit and the talents of a variety of New York youngsters who were expert in either one or both of these challenging pastimes. Public reactions are wildly varied. On the one hand, the youth brave a police crackdown on graffiti and face barbed-wire fences and guard dogs in the railroad yards where they spray paint subway cars with oversized lettering. On the other hand, their art is shown in a municipal gallery and analyzed with the same seriousness as a Rembrandt or a Renoir. Whether viewers judge the graffiti an "eyesore" or a bit of post-modern expressionism, it is true that both the art and the dancing are incisively presented in this hour-long exploration. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Sam Schacht - Narrator
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    Wayne Frost
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