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Dead Kennedys - DMPO's On Broadway

review by James S.

 

Not Rated

Studio: Cherry Red Films

Running Time: 58 minutes

Starring: Jello Biafra, Klaus Flouride, D. H. Peligro, East Bay Ray

Directed by Dirt Dirksen

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: Discography, Interactive Menus

Specs: Standard format, Stereo, Chapter Search, Region Free

I must have been wanting to reach back into my adolescence and grab a piece of the past. Dead Kennedys - DMPO's on Broadway chronicles the closing of San Francisco's DMPO's on Broadway Avant-garde Theatre and Nightclub. The final band to play at the club was none other than the Dead Kennedys. Over an hour, you watch as Jello and gang thrash out some of their great punk anthems. This isn't your typical concert film. The stage diving crowd is as much fun to watch as Jello's odd theatrics. The show was more entertaining than I had imagined.

Remember those big, bulky camcorders from the 1980's? This DVD was filmed in 1984 with what appears to be some of that fine equipment. The concert was originally released on VHS, and it shows. It looks like the final transfer was taken right off the VHS. The picture lacks any resolution, has occasional interference, and looks like television reception with busted rabbit ears. I don't think the director dreamed in 1984 that a medium like DVD would exist. It shows.

Not as bad as the video, the audio is in stereo. Unfortunately, there are moments where the sound drops out and it sounds like the band is performing in a bathroom. Other times, the video and audio are out of synch. Still, the sound does a good enough job to capture the excitement of the show. Expect plenty of tape hiss, too.

There's not much to write home about with this disc. Aside from the roughly hour long feature, you get the Dead Kennedys complete catalog of LPs, CDs, cassettes, videos, and more.

This Dead Kennedys' concert was certainly more subdued than the one I actually attended in high school. I wasn't sure what to expect with this DVD. The excitement of the concert I saw was matched with the concert footage of the DVD. Fans of punk music will do themselves a favor by watching the disc. Even those who aren't into DK will get a kick out of the people watching that can be had. From a DVD value, however, there is little. The DVD value for this feature is strictly as an archival medium. Poor video, suspect audio, and little in the way of features make Dead Kennedys - DMPO's On Broadway a rent before you buy DVD.

(3/5, NOT included in final score)

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