The Damned have never looked better than in the musical documentary “Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead”. Well, looking good is irrelevant in punk. That is unless Malcolm McLaren is managing your band. Director Wes Orshoski builds off his work with the documentary “Lemmy”, by looking at the punk scene. Tackling the pioneering “The Damned” is a lot harder than going after “The Sex Pistols” or “The Ramones”. “The Damned” have a history of being too punk to last, but they kept pressing on. Due to issues within the band, it took three years to get this documentary into the shape we see now.

The documentary works for The Damned because it gains them a new audience and allows the band members to get mad. The Damned knows they got screwed out of fame and should be lamenting having their logo plastered all over cheap T-shirts at Target. But, they are the niche band that birthed so many that followed. The band members blame each other for various issues and we get to watch them come back together for the sake of the documentary. Cut between footage of famous fans talking about their impact and then back to the band members, an audience has to wonder why it just didn’t work. The answer is simple. The first wave always gets lost on the unsuspecting. It’s the smaller waves that hit afterwards that gain the full attention of an aware public.


  • Featurettes
  • Live Footage


  • 1.78:1 1080p transfer
  • LPCM 2.0

RELEASE DATE: 5/20/2016

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    Supplemental Material - 83%

The Plot Thus Far

From “Lemmy” filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting. It captures the band as it celebrated its 35th anniversary with a world tour and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while other former members battled cancer.

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