TV Party: The Documentary

TV Party: The Documentary

Glenn O'Brien
Director: Danny Vinik Cast: Glenn O'Brien
Glenn O'Brien
, Chris Stein
Chris Stein
, David Byrne
David Byrne
Danny Vinik


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This documentary about Glenn O'Brien's iconoclastic public-access cable television show, which became a showcase for music, art, and political commentary from the downtown new wave scene of the late '70s and early '80s, gets a simple but well-executed presentation on DVD. TV Party: The Documentary was shot on video and has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The new footage is sharp and well-photographed, while the surviving clips from the TV Party show look surprisingly good for public-access footage that's well over 20 years old, though the archive tapes show a certain amount of damage (usually oxide shedding) and the image quality is quite variable. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, and the poor sound quality of the original shows becomes more of a problem than the images, though the new material sounds fine and the mastering of the material can hardly be blamed. The interviews and archive footage are in English, with no subtitles or multiple language options. The only bonus material included on this release is a four-minute slide show of pictures taken on the set of the show and a trailer for the documentary; while the film is uneven, it does offer a time-capsule look at a variety of New York bohemian culture that's all but vanished, and the disc makes the material look as good as anyone would have a right to expect.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
UPC: 0187830000223
Original Release: 2005
Rating: NR
Source: Brink
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 44,520

Special Features

Trailer; Slide show; 16-page booklet

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn O'Brien Interviewee
Chris Stein Interviewee
David Byrne Interviewee
Deborah Harry Interviewee
Walter Steding Interviewee
Amos Poe Interviewee
Lenny Ferrari Interviewee
Lisa Rosen Interviewee
Timothy Wright Interviewee
Fab Five Freddy Interviewee
Edo Bertoglio Interviewee
Robert Aaron Interviewee
Kate Simon Interviewee
Tav Falco Interviewee
Arto Lindsay Interviewee

Technical Credits
Danny Vinik Director,Screenwriter
Chris Edwards Cinematographer
Jeff Flohr Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- TV Party: The Documentary
1. Intro/Opening Credits [5:36]
2. The Beginning [3:27]
3. Inspiration [2:54]
4. ETC Studios Then [5:19]
5. "Doc" Steding & TVP Orchestra [8:18]
6. Drugs [4:30]
7. Music [7:50]
8. Call Ins [6:04]
9. New York [22:05]
10. ETC Studios Now [2:17]
11. Politics [4:06]
12. Themes [10:40]
13. The End [5:31]
14. Credits [5:32]

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