EFIL4ZAGGIN: The Only Home Video [Video/DVD]

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EFIL4ZAGGIN: The Only Home Video is a DVD reissue of N.W.A.'s 1992 VHS home video EFIL4NAGGIN, a video companion to the group's EFIL4ZAGGIN album, which had been released nearly a year and a half earlier. By the time the video appeared, in fact, the group had disbanded. The film is a "home video," both in the sense that it is sold for home use and in the sense that much of it has the amateurish quality of a home movie. The members of N.W.A. -- Eazy-E, MC Ren, Dr. Dre, and Yella -- are glimpsed in poorly shot concert footage, on the streets of the Compton district of Los Angeles that is their home, and in behind-the-scenes footage during the filming of an elaborate music video for "Appetite for Destruction," in which they dress up as 1930s gangsters and rob a bank. The music video itself is also shown, as is a pool party that features several topless women. Toward the end, there is a sequence purporting to depict former member Ice Cube's desertion of the group. Lacking coherency and production values, this video is best appreciated by fans of N.W.A. who may not be disturbed by its obvious shortcomings.