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DVD Review: Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan

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A young RZA is interviewed in the recently released DVD, Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan

If $75 is too rich for your blood to see the Wu-Tang Clan tonight at the House of Blues, and most likely it is, consider the recently relesed Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan DVD as a much cheaper alternative to getting your fix of the 36 Chambers.

Written, directed and produced by Gerald “Gee-Bee” Barclay, a long time friend of several of members of the Clan, Wu chronicles the group’s rise from the projects of the forgotten borough of Staten Island to multi-platinum hip-hop icons. Barclay’s relationships with the Wu-Tang Clan allowed him access that few others filmmakers have had.

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A great example of Barclay’s access is found in the film’s beginning, featuring footage of the Clan hanging out in a grimey studio putting the finishing touches on what would become a classic album, Enter the 36 Chambers. It is here where you see Clan founder, RZA sitting behind a desk planning out something while answering questions and makes bold predictions in RZA-speak (lots of uses of the words “wisdom” and “swords,” etc.), while Method Man, the Clan’s most charismatic member, plays to the camera. Interestingly, had the interview occurred in the present (15 years later) it would probably look exactly the same, except the studio would be much cleaner.

For hardcore Wu fans, there is little information presented in the documentary that you would not have already known, but it is moments like this early studio footage that make the DVD worth the 78 minutes of your life.