David | USA | 01/09/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Let me start by writing that I was there, at CBGB, nearly every Sunday, from 1984 to 1988, until I relocated. And even then, over those 4 years, when the scene was at its peak, I felt like I missed out on so much. So how does this documentary get to be titled NYHC when it focuses almost exclusively on the nineties? I don't get it. I expected it to cover the development of hardcore in New York, starting with the arrival of the Bad Brains, and moving on from there. But no.
No HR interview.
No Vinnie Stigma.
No Harley Flanagan.
No Todd Youth.
No War Zone, Token Entry, Youth of Today, Bold, Underdog, Reagan Youth, Krakdown, Sick Of It All, Rest In Pieces, etc. etc. etc.
NO HILLY KRISTAL (RIP) interview!!!!! This was filmed before he passed away, and they didn't even take the time to meet with the man who had enough foresight to give us hardcore matinees. Instead, the directors went to Northport, Long Island.
Not even any references to the Rock Hotel, or Chris Williamson.
These people, and many more, were the heart and soul of the NYHC, and they are entirely omitted from this documentary.
Save your money. Buy American Hardcore instead. It's much more thorough, with great interviews with hardcore veterans from around the country."
NEW YORK THUG CORE
Crucial BBQ | 06/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been waiting for the DVD release of NYHC Documentary for the last decade, and I am completely pleased with the final outcome. I bought the VHS version back in 1998 at Generation Records in NYC, and have since then watched it endlessly. As the technology has changed along the 21th century, the DVD format was well called for.
If you have the VHS version, there should be no explanations for it. The highlights include the hilarious District 9 interview, Madball playing "Crucified" with Roger Miret, and the fight during Crown of Thornz.
In addition to the VHS contents, there are a great deal of the addition in the live footage of Corny Island High in 1995 (Madball - 4 songs; Crown of Thornz - 3 songs; VOD - 2 songs; 25 ta Life - 3 songs, and so on), which is very good, because I thought the VHS version had too much interviews. There are also the deleted scenes, mostly interviews.
The disc 2 is worth checking out, since there are all new footages.
There are new interviews with Agnostic Front, Madball, Sick Of It All, H20, and VOD. There are also very short footages (only 4 mins) for the Last Rites of CBGB in 2006. I wish they had added more live performances for this CBGB show. Also, they should have included the interviews and performances from other crucial NYHC bands that had also contributed a great deal to the scene around the year 1995, such bands as Warzone, Killing Time, Breakdown, Sub Zero, and H2O.
Overall, this documentary has been a true dedication to the revival of New York Hard Core, and should be an instant addition to your wishlist!
Richard Sanger | Portland, OR | 04/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great Documentary! thoroughly covered the early 90's NYC Hard Core scene. I felt like I was 16 again watching this!
Alan P. Hughes | AUSTRALIA | 02/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Could have covered alot more and included some more significant bits and pieces. Lots of average hardcore bands. Not 100% happy with the overall message thats conveyed although its not all bad. It got 4 stars. Theres heaps here. And the bonus material is gold. Roger miret, Freddy madball, john joseph (agnostic front, cro-mags). must have for hardcore bretheren"