Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Dee Dee Ramone - Hey Is Dee Dee Home|
Actors: Richard Hell, Billy Idol, Landau, Jerry Nolan, Dee Dee Ramone
Director: Lech Kowalski
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
This program features Lech Kowalski?s 2003 documentary feature about the life and times of Ramones bassist and all-star burn out, Dee Dee Ramone (1952-2002). Dee Dee?s life is a fascinating character study of a punk rock ... more »
Dee Dee fans only
Jason Tharp | Wolverine, MI United States | 06/14/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One warning I would give is for Ramones fans. There's basically nothing on here about them. Occasionally Dee Dee will mention something in passing about Joey, Johnny, Marky or Tommy, but as the description mentions, these interviews were conducted for a Johnny Thunders documentary. He does mention bringing "Chinese Rocks" to Johnny Ramone & having it rejected cause it was about dope (which seems weird considering their other songs about nazis, child abuse, & huffing etc). Most of this dvd is dope stories involving members of the Heartbreakers (not Tom Petty's): copping, scoring, stealing from friends in the process, ad nauseum. The tattoo segments are interesting. At one point Dee Dee seems to say that it's an addiction like heroin. For me I kind of wish I hadn't seen him this way, but I guess now that he's dead it serves as a warning."
Not what Ramones' fans would expect
Stacy D'Arc | Fort Lee, NJ USA | 09/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Dee Dee in question is, of course, Dee Dee Ramone: Writer of the best songs for the first and best punk band and the world's most loveable drug addict. I saw this one at the Tribeca Film Festival (With Marky Ramone sitting behind me...never took off his sunglasses!). I guess it's going to skip theatrical run and go right to dvd. The problem with this documentary is that it consists entirely of an interview conducted for another (as yet unreleased) documentary on Johnny Thunders. Upon Dee Dee's death the director decided to release it as a tribute. Consequently, very little is said by Dee Dee about his early life or life with the Ramones. Still it's an engaging snapshot of a reasonably clean Dee Dee, circa 1991,witty and wise in that sweet burned out way of his. Particularly adorable is his long conversation with his cat and his request for supplements from GNC in leiu of coffee since he's "Healthy Dee-Dee, now". For those of us who loved and miss Dee Dee, though, it's definitely worth checking out. Like spending an hour with an old irresponsible but much loved friend (without having to check if the silverware's missing when he leaves!)."
A must for all fans of the original New York punk scene.
Napoleon Zivkovic | Paterson, NJ & NYC | 10/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Essentially an interview interspersed with some archival footage. I agree with previous reviewer Stacy D'Arc that there could've been more details and topics covered, which would've tied in nicely with his autobiographical book, LOBOTOMY. Nonetheless, there's much to enjoy for the Ramones fan and music historian. Steady talk about dope and references to his contemporaries/collaborators (Johnny Thunders, Stiv Bators). He mentions how Deborah Harry used to carry a horseshoe in her purse to fend off predatory men. I remember the audience, myself included, laughing out loud a lot when I caught this in a small East Village moviehouse the week of our mutual birthday (September 18). Sad to see you go, man. . .You and Joey are always in our hearts. Peace."
Dee Dee RIP
Katharine Fernandez | San Francisco, CA USA | 03/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"this is a great view of Dee Dees wit and humor and he is very honest and very upfront about his life and woes.I also read his book 'Surviving The Ramones ' i know all the Ramones and this is very cool to have. There is no music ( whole songs ) on this DVD but is well worth it for any Ramones fan. i sure miss Dee Dee.."