“D.O.A.: A Right of Passage” was a documentary about the Sex Pistol and the rise of British punk. While most of the documentary followed the Sex Pistols on their last American tour, it did something more. The film arrived in arthouse theaters about two years after Sid & Nancy died. In the film, we see the final footage of the punk couple taken shortly before Nancy was killed. Sid Vicious could barely stay conscious and Nancy was still making excuses for him.

D.O.A.: A Right of Passage feels way more damning in its portrayal of Punk than Spheeris’ later work on “The Decline of Western Civilization”. In the 1970s, the question for fans was whether older music types could even understand Punk. Well, this documentary makes it clear over an ever-increasing passage of time. It’s quite possible that Punk fans didn’t even understand the gutter scum they were trying to make into heroes.

Take the time to check out the full-length documentary in the special features. It offers a follow-up to the main film, plus it softens some of the harder edges. Good stuff all around.


  • Photo Gallery
  • Poster
  • Feature-length documentary
  • Trailer


  • 1.33:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 2.0 MONO

RELEASE DATE: 12/15/17

  • 90%
    Video - 90%
  • 93%
    Audio - 93%
  • 96%
    Supplemental Material - 96%
  • 94%
    Film Score - 94%

The Plot Thus Far

D.O.A.: A RIGHT OF PASSAGE is the ground-breaking classic “rockumentary” about the origin of punk rock. Centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up, the tour was the only one the Pistols played in the United States. Director Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise) followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their seven-city U.S. tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of all shapes and colors, Kowalski captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak (which includes the now famous footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed) along with rare interview and concert footage of the late seventies punk rock music scene. With live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, along with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, this iconic documentary is now available for the first time ever on disc!


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