The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years
by Various Artists
It's more than music...it's a way of life.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 4, 2016
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Shout Factory
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Featured:||Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, KISS, Megadeth, Motörhead, Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P., Lizzy Borden, Faster Pussycat, London & Odin|
|Directed by||Penelope Spheeris|
Fascinating. Full Review
There's so little respect for the music that we never see or hear a number from beginning to end, and we rarely hear any of the musicians speak more than a few seconds at a time. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- For all the amusingly fatuous remarks heard here -- and Miss Spheeris has a great ear for these -- the overriding dimness of most of the fans and musicians is frightening. Full Review
New York Times
Thirty years on, there's no denying Spheeris' expertise in capturing a moment that could never exist exactly the same way ever again. Full Review
[The Sequel] focuses on the kind of extravagance that the kids in the first film were rebelling against, at least insofar as it manifested itself in stadium-ready rock 'n' roll and its brand-new baby brother, Full Review
Rather like watching a car wreck on the opposite side of a motorway. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/4 -- This is a well-made, observant documentary, with attitude to spare and plenty of justifiable laughs at the expense of its subjects. Full Review
Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris scans the heavy-metal music scene: Alice Cooper, Lizzy Borden, Poison, Aerosmith, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne.
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