Decoder CD/DVD

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First time on DVD! A deluxe DVD/CD release of the 1984 German cult film featuring William S. Burroughs, Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle), F.M. Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Christiane F, the prolific underground film star Bill Rice.

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The story of urban chaos and intrigue focuses on the sonic experiments of the disillusioned "noise-freak" FM, who is experimenting with music and infra-sound. In search of new and extreme sound, he stumbles into a kind of black mass being celebrated by urban pirates. He is able to convince them to join him in his search for an antidote to muzak, as he discovers that the musical tranquilizer can become a brain poison. After distributing multiple copies of their anti-tape, the urban pirates successfully induce nausea in H-Burger restaurants -- not to the liking of their multinational headquarters, who promptly dispatch a special agent to stop them. But the tape-terrorism spreads rapidly, leading to mass civil disobedience and street fighting.

DVD features include a beautiful color-rich transfer of the film with newly translated English subtitles, the original trailer, a slide show of 75 still production photos by Ilse Ruppert, a documentary on the Italian 'Decoder Collective', a 46-minute audio interview with filmmaker Klaus Maeck, rare footage of Derek Jarman filming Burroughs on set, and Berlin riot news footage used in the film with a music loop by Genesis P-Orridge commissioned specially for this DVD release.

The soundtrack CD features Soft Cell, early Einsturzende Neubauten, Matt Johnson (The The), Dave Ball and Genesis P-Orridge, and William Burroughs.

A lot of the music on the CD is not in the film and vice versa.

Additional Information

Author Muscha
Publisher Corazon International
Page Count n/a
Publication Size 5.5 x 7.5
Publication Notes CD & DVD, 87 mins.
Publication Date 2009
ISBN 000-0000000000

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