Documentary filmmaker Lech Kowalski’s 1980 (1981 for the domestic market) look at The Sex Pistols and their ill-fated 1978 concert tour, D.O.A.: A Right of Passage, will be the kickoff selection in MVD Entertainment Group’s new “MVD Rewind Collection” line of Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack special editions. It will be available on Friday, Dec. 8.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Somehow Kowalski got hooked up with The Sex Pistols — Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and the gang — and traveled with them on their short-lived U.S. tour that began on Jan. 5 in Atlanta and ended ten days later (Jan. 14) at the Winterland in San Francisco (stops along the way included Memphis, San Antonio, Baton Rouge, Dallas and Tulsa … Tulsa?!?). What were they thinking? No matter.
Kowalski, took the footage (hand-held and very visceral), which includes the famous (infamous) Sid and Nancy in bed session, and used it as the backbone for his documentary on the Punk Rock movement — it’s fiery rise and fall — which is now a time capsule of interviews and concert footage featuring not only the Sex Pistols, but The Dead Boys, Sham 69 and The Rich Kids (featuring former “Pistol,” Glen Matlock, who was replaced by Sid Vicious).
Footage captured by Kowalski also shows the sad state of Sid Vicious at the time, who, along with Nancy Spungen, would both be dead within a year.
Interviews include Terry Chimes, Mick Jones and Topper Headon of The Clash, Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols … and of course, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.
Bonus nuggets include former MTV senior producer Richard Schenkman’s production of Dead On Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was (a feature-length documentary), which includes newly prepared interview sessions with the likes of “PUNK” magazine founder, John Holmstrom, journalist Chris Salewicz (former feature writer at “New Musical Express” magazine and author of such books as “Redemption Song: the Definitive Biography of Joe Strummer,” “Bob Marley: The Untold Story” and “Rude Boy: Once Upon a Time in Jamaica”) and The Sex Pistols’ historian, Mick O’Shea (author of “The Early Days of The Sex Pistols: Only Anarchists are Pretty”).