The Clash - Rude Boy SE announced

Fremantle Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 Special Edition DVD release of The Clash - Rude Boy for 25th August 2003 with a retail price of £17.99. Here is a rundown of what you can expect to find on this DVD release.

  • Interviews with Rude Boy star and co-writer Ray Gange, co-director and cameraman Jack Hazan, co-director David Mingay and The Clash Road Manager Johnny Green
  • Four previously unseen deleted scenes:
    • The Royal Yacht Britannia alternative opening credits
    • Ray Gange and Joe Strummer chatting on the studio stairs
    • Jo Strummer singing in the studio during the recording of "Give ‘Em Enough Rope"
    • The Clash in the studio during the recording of "Give ‘Em Enough Rope"
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Original radio spot
  • 18 mins 13 secs of live footage of The Clash in Munich 1978, featuring seven songs
    • London's Burning
    • Complete Control
    • Hate And War
    • Police And Thieves
    • The Prisoner
    • Janie Jones
    • Garageland
  • Reproduction of the original 42-page Press Kit Fanzine from 1980
  • Clash discography with original sleeve artwork (up to 1980, as listed in the fanzine)
  • Reproduction of "Breakdown 1978" article and "Comrade Goodbye" article by Charles Shaar Murray from Mojo magazine, March 2003
  • Additional scenes of The Clash performing "English Civil War" and "White Riot"
  • Sound re-mastered by David Mingay
  • 40-page booklet
And here is a look at the DVD artwork and text from the Press Release explaining more about the film...

At last, the definitive DVD edition of RUDE BOY, the electrifying and highly acclaimed film starring seminal punk legends The Clash, is about to be released, complete with a 40-page booklet and featuring a host of incredible exclusive extras. As well as boasting a newly remastered soundtrack, the DVD contains four previously unseen deleted scenes (including rare footage of The Clash in the studio during the recording of "Give 'Em Enough Rope"), brand new interviews with the stars and filmmakers, additional live footage of The Clash performing "English Civil War" and "White Riot", 18 minutes of footage of The Clash live in Munich in 1978, plus much, much more. THE CLASH – RUDE BOY (SPECIAL EDITION) will undoubtedly be one of the most talked about, must-have DVD releases of the year.

Filmed between 1977 and 1979 by Jack Hazan and David Mingay (the filmmakers behind the renowned 1974 David Hockney documentary "A Bigger Splash"), RUDE BOY utilises documentary footage and re-enactments of scenes from the day-to-day lives of the key players (notably Clash members Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon) to tell the story of the film's eponymous hero (Ray Gange), who quits his job in a Soho sex shop to become a roadie for The Clash. Set against the grim backdrop of a country ravaged by race riots, mass unemployment, heavy-handed police tactics and the rise of Right Wing political factions, this compelling pseudo-documentary traces the early years of The Clash, the rise of a politician (Margaret Thatcher), and the story of one disaffected British youth, superbly portrayed by Ray Gange (the real-life inspiration for and subject of The Clash song Rudie Can't Fail). Above all, though, RUDE BOY is a priceless document of the devastating live power of "The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band in the World", evidenced by their incendiary performance filmed at the SWP/Anti-Nazi League Carnival in London's Victoria Park.

Equal parts documentary, social commentary and concert film, THE CLASH – RUDE BOY (SPECIAL EDITION) is nothing less than a must-have DVD for Clash die-hards and music fans everywhere.

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