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HD   NR Closed Captioning

Alexander Dunn

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About the Movie

Back in 1980 Japanese electronics manufacturer Roland released one of the most important musical instruments ever, the TR-808. Although it only led a limited life, the 808 became world renowned, its signature low end bass and unique sounds redefining the musical landscape. From hip hop to acid house, trap to pop, it drove a multitude of musical genres and inspired countless musicians to create seminal records that have defined modern hip hop and electronic music.Even if you don't already know the 808 by name, you will know its sound. It's a timeless icon that has touched almost every genre of music imaginable with a sound that is as relevant today as it ever was.Featuring interviews with Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Beastie Boys, Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Richie Hawtin and many more, 808 is the inspirational story of how the 808's ground-shaking beats changed the musical world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Everything you ever wanted to know - or perhaps never knew you wanted to know - about the wildly influential Roland TR-808 drum machine is laid out with entertaining, if exhaustive, brio in the documentary "808." – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Dec 8, 2016

Fresh: Music nerds, especially nerds who are all about the beats, will find satisfaction in 808, the new documentary tribute to the drum machine/rhythm composer that revolutionized popular music. – Craig D. Lindsey, L.A. Weekly, Dec 19, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Where is the Soundtrack?

This is an absolute beast of a documentary. Where is the soundtrack though?

808! Wow!

I didn't realize the 808 changed the music scene the way it did until I watched this documentary. The interviews are great and informative - even the music that plays throughout the documentary was great and had my head bouncing. Be sure to check this one out!

Definitely a must to watch

This documentary was really good and a must watch. Great history on the 808 and even Roland as a company itself.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Concert Films
  • Released: 2016

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