“Sad Vacation” is another look at Sid & Nancy’s last months at the Chelsea Hotel. While the Sex Pistols had broken up, the couple was still reigning as Punk’s premiere couple. It’s just sad that Sid had to kill Nancy. What’s nice with this documentary is that Nancy’s defenders are getting the chance to talk. While there is something romantic to the fact that Sid didn’t kill his beloved, the relationship was pretty abusive.

The amount of historical backpedaling and only letting Sid’s defenders talk in prior documentaries got old. So, I’ll give Sad Vacation some credit for breaking the mold. It’s just that if you have a working knowledge of the couple, then nothing that new is presented here. Just a lot of new talking heads shining a better light on the state of punk, modern love and the need to not give Sid a knife. Plus, I love the inclusion of the poster inside of the DVD case.


  • Interviews
  • Trailers
  • Music Video


  • 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
  • Dolby Digital 2.0


  • 86%
    Video - 86%
  • 85%
    Audio - 85%
  • 89%
    Supplemental Material - 89%
  • 87%
    Film Score - 87%

The Plot Thus Far

Sad Vacation is an up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen and how it ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking for Johnny), this films pulls no punches and reveals the facts through personal friends, insiders and witnesses. Includes interviews with Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Bob Gruen, Walter Lure (The Heatbreakers), Leee Black Childers, Howie Pyro (D Generation), Kenny Gordon (Pure Hell), Cynthia Ross (The B- Girls) and many more.

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