Urgh! A Music War (MOD)

It's live and loud. It's urgent and proud. It's more than two-dozen young, energetic bands caught in the act and making the music and moments matter in hot, crowded, amped venues scattered across L.A., London, New York City and elsewhere.


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Genre:   Cult
Director:   Derek Burbidge
Cast:   The Police, Devo, Dead Kennedys
Theatrical Release Date:   05/01/1982
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Urgh! A Music War (MOD)
 
4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

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    (14)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (7)
  • Epic cast (6)
  • Emotionally engaging (3)
  • Entertaining (3)

Cons

  • Limited appeal (4)

Best Uses

  • At home (17)
  • Perfect gift (7)
  • Adult viewers (6)
  • Younger viewers (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (15), Casual viewer (9), Avid moviegoer (8)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An important, overlooked moment in music

By Bonedome

from Dallas, TX

About Me Avid Moviegoer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Emotionally Engaging
  • Epic Cast

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • In The Car
    • Perfect Gift

    Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

    When I was a kid in the 80's I would sneak out of my room, past my sleeping parents' door, and downstairs to the TV. I'd park my nose right in front, turn it up as loud as I dare, and watch cool late-night TV. Excerpts (or perhaps the entirety) of Urgh! spilled out of the screen and I was transformed by the music, and the people-The Cramps' Lux Interior was a revelation.

    More than 30 years later the music (and the documentary film shot of the performances) isn't as transformative...now it serves as the bedrock foundation of my musical taste. There are some bands that I'd forgotten about, and that the last 3 decades hadn't reminded me of, either, but that's relevant, too.

    A critical part of any rock/punk/alt/new-wave lover's collection.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice looking but missing a performance

    By MatthewScott

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

    Performance by Splodgenessabounds is missing from the DVD compared to the origional vhs version. Why? Otherwise, brilliant classic performances from the height of the New Wave era.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    New Wave/Post Punk Necessity

    By DefConPrime

    from Michigan

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Epic Cast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Perfect Gift
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

      Just look at the track listing and lineup - Devo, X, Au Pairs, The Go Gos, The Dead Kennedys - it's two hours of terrific live performances so what are you waiting for, a formal invitation???

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Historical document

      By Chris in Texas

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

        Cons

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          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift

          Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

          This is a perfect document of the late 70's early 80's alternative music scene.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's about time!

          By Chuck F

          from Washington State

          About Me Movie Buff

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Epic Cast

          Cons

          • Limited Appeal

          Best Uses

            Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

            Although Warner Archives has a disclaimer that this film has not been remastered, it is in remarkable condition, which I attribute mostly to the care that was taken of the original tapes. One can only wonder how this film would look and sound if it HAD been remastered! Anyway, this is a fascinating and quite encapsulating look at the music of the early eighties, mostly consisting of punk, new wave, reggae, ska, and whatever other genre you want to choose. It was filmed live in two locations on the same day, one in Los Angeles, and the other in London, if I recall. While the artists involved don't always showcase their best or most popular song, it is entertaining, to say the very least. While I didn't care for Pere Ubu, Skafish, or John Otway, there are plenty of other artists that caught my attention, most of whom I was already familiar with, but had not seen perform live. My favorites were the Members, Go-Go's, OMD, Au Pairs, 999, and Steel Pulse. Klaus Nomi's performance is amazing. I like XTC but the song performed was not one of my favorites of theirs. If you love the music of that era, or are just curious about it, look no further than this DVD.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I wore out my old VHS copy of this!

            By Ramstad

            from Victoria, B.C.

            About Me Movie Buff

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            Pros

            • A must for music lovers
            • Exciting
            • Fantastic
            • Invigorating
            • Nostalgic

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • Any occasion
            • At Home
            • Housework
            • Party
            • Perfect Gift
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

            If you loved the 80's or just love great live energetic music this movie is not only a must-own but the best of it's kind ever recorded! It will delight you with well-known favourite artists and introduce you to some amazing ones you may not know yet! From Pop to Punk and a little bit of everything in between there is not a bad performance in the bunch and I just wish the music scene today was as fresh and exciting as it was when this was filmed. Fantastic!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            How did I miss this?

            By The Maestro

            from Florida

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Engaging Characters

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

                A good copy print of the movie and a wonderful timecapsule of late '70s and early '80s music.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Pumped to finally own a factory copy

                By Doctoroblivion

                from Bloomington, IN

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Epic Cast
                • Great Cinematography

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

                    This DVD features a great picture and stunning sound. Really wish it had chapters though - yes, it should be seen from beginning to end, but this is a concert film with dozens of bands, not a David Lynch movie. Recommended...and still hoping for a BluRay with extra footage.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The genius of early '80s new wave.

                    By Father Grandier

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Movie Buff

                    Pros

                    • Great music
                    • No cel phones No CGI
                    • Stunning Performances

                    Cons

                    • Needs hi-def

                    Best Uses

                    • Constant movie wallpaper

                    Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

                    Long long lost to various formats and none of them DVD the incredible new wave/post-punk rock document Urgh! A Music War is finally available for all. There's really just nothing wrong at all with any portion of this release except for the unfortunate exclusion of Splodgeness Abounds' performance, though they are credited at the end. Highlights include The Cramps performing a defining Tear It Up, Gary Numan and his supercar for Down in the Park, Klaus Nomi's show-stopping Total Eclipse, Toyah Wilcox's Dance, Dead Kennedys busting out Bleed for Me, Joan Jett carving her niche in rock history with Bad Reputation, Pere Ubu's Birdies, and many many more. Really genius material and a form of musicmaking we're unlikely to ever see again. Highly, urgently, recommended.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Finally!

                    By Space Cadet

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    About Me Casual Viewer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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                        • At Home
                        • Perfect Gift

                        Comments about Urgh! A Music War (MOD):

                        Very good quality transfer, didn't think I would ever own this on DVD. I would have been happy w/a copy of a VHS...

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