Style Wars

Style Wars

Director: Tony Silver Cast: Sam Schacht, Wayne Frost

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2005
UPC: 0804791000412
Original Release: 1983
Rating: NR
Source: Passion River
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 52,550

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

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Film/The Filmmakers
1. Detective Bernie Jacobs [:31]
2. Kase, Butch, Dee5 & Dez [3:01]
3. Skeme & Barbara [1:14]
4. Dondi, Duro & Marisol [4:41]
5. Iz the Wiz [1:27]
6. Rock Steady [2:54]
7. Lady Pink & Cap [1:03]
8. Detective Hickey, Crash & Shy 147 [2:15]
9. Seen [4:28]
1. New York 1982 [2:12]
2. It's Called Bombing [1:20]
3. The Bench [1:02]
4. Going All City [2:43]
5. It Started in the Bronx & Harlem [1:40]
6. Under the City [2:10]
7. Dondi [:57]
8. Death Penalty [1:04]
9. A Beautiful Wall [4:03]
10. Doodling [1:42]
11. A Whole Miserable Subculture [1:57]
12. Getting Up: The Pioneers [3:44]
13. Vicious Style [3:11]
14. Fresh Extrateless Brothers [3:11]
15. Throwdown at USA [4:54]
16. How Big, How High [1:53]
17. The Buff [2:53]
18. People Are Amazed [1:57]
19. Blood Wars [6:39]
20. A New Movement [3:27]
21. The Professionals [1:48]
22. Negotiations [3:01]
23. Holding Back the Enemy [4:43]
24. When There Were Kings [3:22]
25. Rock You Out (End Credits) [:12]
Disc #2 -- Hall of Fame
1. Chapter 1 [:10]
2. Chapter 2 [:10]
3. Chapter 3 [:10]
4. Chapter 4 [:10]
5. Chapter 5 [:10]
6. Chapter 6 [:10]
7. Chapter 7 [:10]
8. Chapter 8 [:10]
9. Chapter 9 [:10]
10. Chapter 10 [:10]
11. Chapter 11 [:10]
12. Chapter 12 [:10]
13. Chapter 13 [:10]
14. Chapter 14 [:10]
15. Chapter 15 [:10]
16. Chapter 16 [:10]
17. Chapter 17 [:10]
18. Chapter 18 [:10]
19. Chapter 19 [:10]
20. Chapter 20 [:10]
21. Chapter 21 [:10]
22. Chapter 22 [:10]
23. Chapter 23 [:10]
24. Chapter 24 [:10]
25. Chapter 25 [:10]
26. Chapter 26 [:10]
27. Chapter 27 [:10]
28. Chapter 28 [:10]
29. Chapter 29 [:10]
30. Chapter 30 [:10]
31. Chapter 31 [:10]
32. Chapter 32 [:10]
33. Chapter 33 [:10]
34. Chapter 34 [:10]
35. Chapter 35 [:10]
36. Chapter 36 [:10]
37. Chapter 37 [:10]
38. Chapter 38 [:10]
39. Chapter 39 [:10]
40. Chapter 40 [:10]
41. Chapter 41 [:10]
42. Chapter 42 [:10]
43. Chapter 43 [:10]
44. Chapter 44 [:10]
45. Chapter 45 [:10]
46. Chapter 46 [:10]
47. Chapter 47 [:10]
48. Chapter 48 [:10]
49. Chapter 49 [:10]
50. Chapter 50 [:10]
51. Chapter 51 [:10]
52. Chapter 52 [:10]
53. Chapter 53 [:10]
54. Chapter 54 [:10]

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Style Wars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
veaukab More than 1 year ago
This is one of the absolute staples for foundational knowledge of the art form of hip hop. The heart of the story line follows the ongoing battle between graffiti writers and NYC's mass transit authority, but the film provides context for the hip hop movement as a whole by incorporating break dancers, musicians and others who helped shape the early days of hip hop before it became a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Not only that, but the film also does an excellent job of including some elements of the socio-economic conditions that were present in NYC at the time, but does so without letting them overpower the films narrative. If you call yourself a fan of hip hop and have never seen this film, you are lacking in some of the most basic levels of understanding where the genre came from, and why the elements matter to the art form as a whole.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music was perfect, the shots were natural and the quotes became classic. I immdiately knew Style Wars was different. Interviews, photos, paintings, sketches everything fit just right. All elements of hip-hop are properly introduced and presented here.