On March 15, Magnolia Pictures and Rhino Home Video will release "End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones" on DVD, a portrait of the seminal New York punk rock band. Considered by many the gods of rock 'n' roll's fundamentalist fringe, the RAMONES are a band whose influence reaches over several generations of musicians and fans alike. "End of the Century" is both a celebration of their music and a mesmerizing document of the group's road to near success, pitted with emotional power struggles and substance abuse. The film debuted in New York on Friday August 20, 2004 followed by a national rollout in theaters around the country.
New York-based filmmakers Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields share a life-long love of punk music and their passion is evident in this candid portrait of a band torn by internal struggles and consequences of the lifestyle. "End of the Century" moves from the band's CBGB and London heydays, the decade-long silence between Joey and Johnny caused by a dispute over a girl, through to the deaths of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Together with unseen live and studio footage, extensive interviews with ex-band mates, family, friends and figures from New York City's punk scene "End of the Century" not only documents an important chapter in music history, but also chronicles the bonds of childhood friendship and their gradual breakdown.