Rip! A Remix Manifesto – DVD Review


I cannot recommend this documentary enough. Anyone who believes in the right to free expression, free speech, or other freedoms should take a look at this compelling film. What’s it about?

The documentary explores the repressive power that corporations and record labels hold over those who wish to utilize their works in their own form of expression. The main focus of the film is Girl Talk, an artist who uses clips and sections of songs to create new songs. Is he in violation of federal copyright laws? Can he be prosecuted?

The film explores illegal downloading of music and movies. It looks at Napster and the prosecutorial fallout that ensued when the Justice Department cracked-down on Napster users.

It’s a fantastic and interesting documentary that is both informative and a cautionary tale by the filmmaker. His “Remix Manifesto” rings true and is on target with the way information is distributed, shared, and used in the 21st century.

Along with the documentary, the following special features are included:

Additional Scenes

Over 90 minutes of additional footage (the movie’s only 86 minutes). A lot of great stuff that just couldn’t fit.

Mashup Favorites

A variety of “mashups” with old footage being reused to make something new. I highly recommend the “George Bush – Bushwhacked” mashup. Hilarious!

Every artist, writer, filmmaker, and free thinker should see this documentary. It should not be missed.

Check out the official website for the film by clicking here.

2 thoughts on “Rip! A Remix Manifesto – DVD Review”

  1. Great review! I saw this in April at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The director, Brett Gaylor, along with one of the members of Negativland, presented the film, followed by a Q & A. The audience was encouraged to “cheer” for the things that were good about the film, and to “boo” when they didn’t like something. The audience was deafening during the segment with Lars Ulrich of Metallica.

    Wonderful, wonderful documentary!

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