RAMONES RAW (Image Entertainment)--the first DVD from the world famous Ramones--is off to a strong start by debuting at #5 on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, marking the highest-ever charting release in the pioneering group's 30-year history. The just-released DVD is topping the music video charts at Tower Records (#1) and ranked #3 in overall DVD sales at Virgin Megastore (just behind Stars Wars Trilogy). In addition, RAMONES RAW is storming its way through Europe with equally strong debuts: U.K (#5), Italy (#5), Sweden (#3), France (#4) and Germany (#7).
To kick-off the DVD release, MARKY RAMONE and RAMONES RAW director JOHN CAFIERO (of the band OSAKA POPSTAR) appeared at an in-store signing in Times Square at the Virgin Megastore in New York (September 29). The duo signed copies of RAMONES RAW for over three hours for the masses of Ramones fans who attended the event. Overseas, RAMONES RAW made its U.K. premiere with a sold-out screening at the 12th annual Raindance Film Festival in London.
THE DEFINITIVE RAMONES DVD
CONTAINING OVER 5 HOURS OF MATERIAL!
Climb in the van, buckle your seat belt and hang on tight because you're about to experience life on the road with the founding fathers of punk rock, The Ramones! The band that started it all stars in this all encompassing video scrapbook containing OVER 5 HOURS OF RARE MATERIAL spanning the Ramones' history making career circa 1979-1996, most of which is seen here exclusively for the first time anywhere!
Ramones Raw includes vintage concert footage professionally shot on film in 1980, archived and nearly forgotten for over 20 years, plus countless memorable moments from the band's illustrious career, rare TV appearances, backstage footage and LOTS more all set within the core; a plethora of home video from the Ramones personal archives. Armed with a Hi-8 camera on the road for the final 8 years of the band's world tours, Marky Ramone captured it all on tape; the good, the bad and the ugly, immortalized here your viewing pleasure. No. 1 selling Director and Ramones aficionado John Cafiero has culled the cream of the crop of "raw" footage from the Marky Ramone video library and then some, compiling and presenting it in a unique style that gives Pinheads and Ramoniacs everywhere an exclusive fly on the wall perspective that's the next best thing to actually being in the band!
See Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Marky and CJ prove why the Ramones have stood the test of time with their simplistic yet immortal brand of music that influenced generations the world over. Also featured is an eclectic mix of guest celebrity appearances from Drew Barrymore, Carly Simon, Gilbert Gottfried, "Grandpa" Al Lewis (of "the Munsters"), Bono & U2, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein of Blondie and many more noteworthy personalities including legendary guitarist Robbie Krieger of the Doors performing the classic "Take it as it comes" live with the Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium in October 1992, touted by Johnny Ramone as "one of the highlights of my career."
From their humble NYC beginnings at CBGB'S to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ramones have done it all. With "Ramones Raw" you'll feel like you were right there with them the whole time, standing beside one of the most important bands to break ground since the Beatles led the British invasion.
Hey Ho Lets Go it's the world famous Ramones in their first officially authorized DVD: "Ramones Raw"!
Raindance Festival programmer Ronni Raygun praised RAMONES RAW:
"A perfectly blended looney tune cocktail--directed and edited by John Cafiero and executive produced by Marky Ramone--the film approaches the documentary genre in a unique format. RAW steers clear of being painstakingly linear and keeps the pace moving by jumping from one insane childish antic to the next. No talking heads here, it's ripe with some of the best live footage ever shot of the band in their prime. The honesty of the film will plaster a perpetual smile on your face. You get the impression that the energy and jumpy nature of their music is in direct relationship to the playful personalities presented in the film. In the end, this is the closest thing to hanging out and touring with one of the greatest groups in the history of Rock & Roll."
In his three-and-a-half (out of four) star review for GUITAR ONE, writer Bob Gulla hailed, "The first officially authorized Ramones video is a joyride through the punk act's 1980 European tour, where 'fan' truly was short for 'fanatic.' There's a nice mix of silliness and music, during which they bear down on three chords, leaving only a cloud of dust in their wake."
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