The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: July 1, 1981


The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. Featuring legendary punk bands Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION is an immersive tour of in-your-face filmmaking and music that's "a bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the L.A. punk scene." – Variety

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: November 13, 1998


The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 13, 1998


The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II – The Metal Years – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II – The Metal Years

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: June 17, 1988


In this follow-up to the 1981 punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization," filmmaker Penelope Spheeris dissects the world of heavy metal. Through live performance footage and interviews that feature popular hard rock musicians, Spheeris examines the metal genre and the opulent Los Angeles music scene of the late 1980s; highlights include Ozzy Osbourne discussing the tedium of sobriety over breakfast and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler claiming to have spent a small fortune on drugs.

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Black Sheep (1996) – Penelope Spheeris

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Black Sheep (1996)

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 4.99

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Release Date: February 22, 1996


Meet Mike Donnelly (Chris Farley). He's one lovable, hilarious accident waiting to happen. Dedicated to helping his big brother Al (Tim Matheson) win the race for Washington State governor, he turns every opportunity for votes into an embarrassing disaster. Campaign aide and super slacker Steve Dodds (David Spade) volunteers to baby-sit Mike. Big mistake! When Mike discovers that the incumbent governor is a crook, he dives headfirst into a whole new level of well-intended destruction. Chris Farley and David Spade, the stars of Tommy Boy, once again show why they are "the comedy team of the '90s!" (Leo Quinones, KIIS-FM). Directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World) and costarring Gary Busey, Black Sheep is "a crowd-pleaser directed with maximum energy!" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). Featuring an electrifying performance by super Seattle band Mudhoney!

© © 2004 Paramount Pictures.

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: July 1, 1981


The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. Featuring legendary punk bands Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION is an immersive tour of in-your-face filmmaking and music that's "a bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the L.A. punk scene." – Variety

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Wayne’s World – Penelope Spheeris

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Wayne’s World

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 9.99

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Release Date: July 10, 2001


Based on the Saturday Night Live sketch of the same name, Wayne's World is a wacky, irreverent pop-culture comedy about the adventures of two amiably aimless metal-head friends, Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey). From Wayne's basement, the pair broadcast a talk-show called "Wayne's World" on local public access television. The show comes to the attention of a sleazy network executive (Rob Lowe) who wants to produce a big-budget version of "Wayne's World"—and he also wants Wayne's girlfriend, a rock singer named Cassandra (Tia Carrere). Wayne and Garth have to battle the executive not only to save their show, but also Cassandra. Director Penelope Spheeris, Myers and Carvey hang a lot of silly, but funny, jokes on this thin plot, and the energy of the cast—as well as the wild pop-culture references—make Wayne's World a cut above the average Saturday Night Live spin-off movie.

© © 2006 by Paramount Pictures.

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The filmmaker documented California punk and metal scenes in her feature trilogy The Decline of Western Civilization, now being released as a box set.

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The Little Rascals (1994) – Penelope Spheeris

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The Little Rascals (1994)

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Comedy

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Release Date: August 5, 1994


They’re all here! Spanky, Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Darla, Stymie, Porky, Petey the dog and all of the Little Rascals star in this hilarious heartwarming classic directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World). Their new adventures begin at an emergency meeting of the “He-Man Womun Haters Club.” Alfalfa has fallen in love with Darla, threatening the very existence of their “boys only” club. Further trouble ensues when their clubhouse is destroyed and their prized go-cart “The Blur” is stolen by the neighborhood bullies. How can they win the big race and its prize trophy? Through mischief and mayhem, tricks and ingenuity, the rascals will learn the value of true friendship…and even an appreciation of girls!

© © 1994 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: November 13, 1998


The Decline of Western Civilization III is a 1998 documentary film that follows the gutter punk lifestyle of homeless teenagers.

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part I

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: July 1, 1981


The Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 is the focus of this film. With Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.

© © 2015 Spheeris Films Inc., under exclusive license to Shout! Factory, LLC

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II – The Metal Years – Penelope Spheeris

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The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II – The Metal Years

Penelope Spheeris

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: June 17, 1988


In this follow-up to the 1981 punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization," filmmaker Penelope Spheeris dissects the world of heavy metal. Through live performance footage and interviews that feature popular hard rock musicians, Spheeris examines the metal genre and the opulent Los Angeles music scene of the late 1980s; highlights include Ozzy Osbourne discussing the tedium of sobriety over breakfast and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler claiming to have spent a small fortune on drugs.

© © 2015 Spheeris Films Inc., under exclusive license to Shout! Factory, LLC

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