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DVD Reviews:  Wildstyle


The Final Say!

Review Score
7/10
Extras
7/10
Reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: February 2004
Distributed by:
Stomp
Running Time: 82 minutes

 

 

 

 

Wildstyle was one of the first movies to address the growing world of Hip Hop in America and was filmed during the early 1980's in the South Bronx. Although the plot is a little lacklustre, it features the exploits of a graffiti artist called Raymond (Lee Quinones) who is trying to discover himself in this harsh world and also win back the affection of his ex-girlfriend (Sandra Fabara). Although the plot loosely keeps the movie together, the main features of this movie involve hip hop music, break-dancing and of course some talented graffiti artists. Wildstyle also stars some early hip hop greats that include Grand Master Flash, The Cold Crush Bros, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee and even the Fantastic Freaks. From "hip hop" contests in primary schools to the dangerous world of the Bronx, Wildstyle is a movie more about the music of the times rather than the enriching plot line.

Video

The video quality of Wildstyle is a little on the "dated" side as it was originally filmed on 16mm and contains a few "movie" errors here and there. However, considering that the movie is over 20 years, it still looks quite impressive.

Audio

The audio quality of Wildstyle supports Dolby Digital 5.1 and was digitally enhanced for the DVD version of the movie. Although it does sound a little rough in places, when the music starts playing, despite the deficiencies, you still appreciate the musical content of this disc.

Extras

Surprisingly Wildstyle contains a bevy of extras that include an in-depth audio commentary from director Charlie Ahearn, various deleted scenes, a gallery and of course the original full version of the Wildstyle theme song.

Wildstyle was an entertaining watch that actually made me appreciate the early hip hop genre and I would recommend this movie to anyone who appreciates music in its purest form or for lovers of hip hop!

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