Published Nov 23, 2011Last year, filmmaker Susanne Tabata launched her documentary Bloodied But Unbowed, which examined Vancouver's fertile punk scene between 1977 and 1982. If you still haven't had a chance to catch a screening, you will soon be able to take the film home, since it will be coming to DVD on December 1.
According to the film's website, the doc tells a "brutally honest story from the streets and stages of the West Coast through interviews, music, photos, and archival performances."
The documentary is narrated by Billy Hopeless (formerly of the Black Halos, now of the Bonitos) and includes appearances from many of the Vancouver punk scene's founding members like D.O.A.'s Joey "Shithead" Keithley and Randy Rampage, as well as Young Canadians' Art Bergmann. As you can see from the trailer below, there are also talking heads from Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Henry Rollins.
The DVD will be available in two versions: a single-disc edition that includes some bonus musical performances and deluxe three-disc set. The latter comes with bonus music footage, extended interviews, extra films (Tunnel Canary by Eric Lohrenz, Useless by Glen Sanford, Commercials for Free by Peter Lipskis), and more.
The deluxe edition costs a relatively modest $29.99, while the regular version is only $9.99. If you order a copy, it will ship by the beginning of December.
Bloody But Unbowed premiered at last year's DOXA film festival and was named after D.O.A.'s 1984 compilation.
The film's homepage also offers free webisodes and a 48-song music player.