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Ramones Raw Top 5 DVD Debut 


10-26-04
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(press release) RAMONES RAW (Image Entertainment)--the first DVD from the world famous Ramones--is off to a strong start by debuting at #5 on the Billboard Top Music Videos chart, marking the highest-ever charting release in the pioneering group’s 30-year history. The just-released DVD is topping the music video charts at Tower Records (#1) and ranked #3 in overall DVD sales at Virgin Megastore (just behind Stars Wars Trilogy). In addition, RAMONES RAW is storming its way through Europe with equally strong debuts: U.K (#5), Italy (#5), Sweden (#3), France (#4) and Germany (#7).

To kick-off the DVD release, MARKY RAMONE and RAMONES RAW director JOHN CAFIERO appeared at an in-store signing in Times Square at the Virgin Megastore in New York (September 29). The duo signed copies of RAMONES RAW for over three hours for the masses of Ramones fans who attended the event. Overseas, RAMONES RAW made its U.K. premiere with a sold-out screening at the 12th annual Raindance Film Festival in London.

In his three-and-a-half (out of four) star review for GUITAR ONE, writer Bob Gulla hailed, “The first officially authorized Ramones video is a joyride through the punk act’s 1980 European tour, where ‘fan’ truly was short for ‘fanatic.' There’s a nice mix of silliness and music, during which they bear down on three chords, leaving only a cloud of dust in their wake" (December 2004). Writing in HARP magazine, Randy Harward praised, “Thanks to this DVD, we get to ride with the band from their gabba-gabba-heday to 1996 and feel like insiders as the ‘Mones endure their equivalent of Beatlemania and just be themselves…” (December 2004). 

With over five hours of rare material spanning the RAMONES’ history-making career (circa 1979-1996), RAMONES RAW offers fans an unprecedented look at the inner-workings of JOHNNY, JOEY, DEE DEE, MARKY and CJ. Described by writer James Moreland in the LA Weekly (8/6/04) as “relentlessly satiating,” RAMONES RAW offers a glimpse into the madness and mayhem of one of the world’s most legendary punk rock bands. Packed with 20 vintage live performances including “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “I Wanna Be Sedated” “Judy Is A Punk” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker.”

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