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‘Decline of Western Civilization’ trilogy getting the deluxe box-set treatment

“The Decline of Western Civilization” trilogy about the punk and metal scenes in Los Angeles will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 30 by Shout! Factory, “Rolling Stone” reported today.

The four-disc anthology will include a 40-page book, commentary by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and interviews with musicians.

The first of the three films was released in July 1981. Director Penelope Spheeris documented the Los Angeles punk scene, including bands like the Germs, Black Flag, Fear, the Circle Jerks and X. In June 1988, Spheeris released “The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years,” which looked at Los Angeles’ metal scene from 1986-88 and bands such as Megadeth, Motorhead, Queensryche, Faster Pussycat and Aerosmith.

The third part of the trilogy, “The Decline of Western Civilization III,” released in 1998, focuses on “gutter punks,” homeless teenagers living on the streets of Los Angeles.

Music fans have been waiting for decades for the films to get an official release. Spheeris thanked them and musicians for tolerating the long wait.

“I am so grateful to the fans of these films, and the bands that appeared in them, for their loyalty and patience,” Spheeris said in a statement. “This is my life’s work, and I like to think that when I go to my grave, ‘The Decline’ is what I’ll be remembered for.”

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