Urgh! A Music War – Now on DVD

Written by on August 12, 2009

One of the all-time great concert films, thought to be lost in the annals of the Warner Brothers archives, is now available for new wave fans on DVD. [amazonify]B002KAU7E2[/amazonify]For the first time, Urgh! A Music War, the 1981 movie loaded with performances from classic alternative pioneers including The Cramps, X, UB40, The Police, XTC, Klaus Nomi and some lesser-known acts is available for us, the common people, who are now able to see the footage collection in its entirety.

The film was released in 1981 and serves as another time stamp of music history and has aired at times over the years on cable television. It was not, however, released on VHS due to a rights issue (although there are conflicting accounts on its availability on an old laser disc format).

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The DVD release, according to an article in EW.com, is a reality thanks to Warner Bothers, which made the series of shoots part of its Warner Archives series. The long-standing entertainment company decided earlier this year they would release movies on DVD with big starts but not a lot of success. Maybe Universal Studios will follow suit one of these days and release a DVD copy of The Return of Maxwell Smart? One can only dream.

In the meantime, the DVD for Urgh! A Music War can be purchased here.

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