Style Wars

Style Wars

Sam Schacht
Director: Tony Silver Cast: Sam Schacht
Sam Schacht
, Wayne Frost
Wayne Frost
Tony Silver

Blu-ray (Color / Black & White)

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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: 11/04/2014
UPC: 0760137649793
Original Release: 1983
Source: Public Art
Presentation: [B&W, Color]
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 36,645

Special Features

Style Wars, finally in HD. A beautiful new 2K transfer from the original 16mm print; Feature commentary by director-producer Tony Silver and producer Henry Chalfant; Digitally remastered 5.1 DTS-HD soundtrack; English subtitles for the hearing impaired; ; The Outtakes: a brand new 40 min. film. With the help of donors and fans from Kickstarter we sorted through almost 30 hours of leftover materials to bring you hidden gems and fascinating moments never before seen. Also transferred to HD from the original 16mm, The Outtakes is part nostalgia and part hindsight, taking fans back in time to tell new stories, show slightly different perspectives and delve deeper into the world of 80s New York City; ; B-Boy showcase: a montage of fast paced phenomenally acrobatic gems. The Rock Steady Crew at their tour launch party, in the studio, on the streets, and battling it out against the Dynamic Rockers at the United Skates of America in Queens; ; Style Wars in the cutting room: in the summer of '83 a camera visited Valkhn Films, an editing house where Style Wars was painstakingly sliced together. This 25 min piece is a rare glimpse at the process of telling a real story as it's happening and the people who keep it real. See editor Sam Pollard, director Tony Silver, supervising editor Victor Kanefsky, and more, make history in this unusual and candid short

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