Published Mar 24, 2015Originally released in 1980, Penelope Spheeris' film The Decline of Western Civilization stands as one of the most important documentaries on hardcore punk. It was followed by two sequels — the hair metal-themed Part II and gutter punk-themed Part III. Until now, however, none of the films have received a proper home video release.
Thankfully, Shout! Factory is planning to remedy that with a proper home-release box set. Simply called The Decline of Western Civilization Collection, the release compiles all three films in a four-disc Blu-ray or DVD set.
The documentaries were restored with a new 2K scan, supervised by Spheeris herself. The set also includes commentary from Dave Grohl, deleted scenes, interviews with Spheeris, theatrical trailers and a 40-page booklet.
Shout! Factory will release The Decline of Western Civilization Collection on June 30. The box set can be pre-ordered here.