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Penelope Spheeris' 'Decline of Western Civilization Collection' explores music, youth culture

Penelope Spheeris' 'Decline of Western Civilization Collection' explores music, youth culture

The Decline of Western Civilization Collection Shout! Factory, $39.98; Blu-ray, $59.98 Documentary fans and rock 'n' roll scholars alike have been waiting years for Penelope Spheeris' trilogy to get a DVD and/or Blu-ray release, and after a lot of wrangling over rights, Spheeris and Shout! Factory are finally able to present two of the best docs of the 1980s — plus their fascinating 1998 companion piece — as a thoughtfully assembled box set. Bonus interviews and performances, along with commentary tracks by Spheeris and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, accompany new 2K transfers of 1981's "Decline" (about the early Los Angeles punk scene of X,...

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