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Rockers (Blu-Ray)

Burning Spear , Gregory Isaacs , Ted Bafaloukos    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Version Has Many Plusses and One Big Minus July 14 2001
By beelove
Okay, this is my absoulte favorite movie of all time, one that I base my own artistic philosophy on. That being said, there are things about the DVD version I love and one major thing that bugs me.
The difference in picture quality versus the VHS version is AMAZING! I've seen "Rockers" on video a hundred times but when I saw it on DVD for the first time I was shocked at the amount of detail I'd been missing. Colors, background business, scenery that I'd never noticed before jumped right out at me.
The bonus features also make this DVD worth the price. The audio-only feature is great. You get to hear all the songs in full and they're accompanied by excellent production stills from the movie itself and candid photos of the cast and crew taken on location. The cast biographies are a nice addition, too.
My big complaint about the DVD version is the inclusion of additional music that was not included in either the theatrical or VHS release. Several songs were seemingly randomly inserted and they changed the disco song playing at the Uptown club (I guess they couldn't re-secure the rights to "Turn the Beat Around"). The newly added songs haven't been properly mixed in at some points and are so loud they drown out the dialogue, which makes the subtitles feature absolutely necessary.
But this is such an incredible movie that it's still a worthwhile addition to your collection, regardless. Maybe the solution is to own both the VHS and DVD versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Irie Ites Rasta March 14 2001
WORDS CAAN DESCRIBE this masterpiece of Jamaican culture, seen! Shot during the "Golden Age" of Reggae music. See your favorite artists like Jacob "KILLER" Miller, Robbie Shakespear of "Sly & Robbie," Gregory Issacs, Burning Spear (Winston Rodney), Big Youth, Kiddus I, Horsemouth, Tommy Mc Cook & the all-stars (crucial horn section). Some of the finest footage of Jamaican country and the very best musicians of the era can be seen on this film. A MUST HAVE for any serious Reggae enthusiast. You'll love the live 70's Stage Show "dance hall fashion" w/ Gregory Issacs crooning and Jack Ruby as da selecta'
Political violence rocked the country at this time in the 70's and one of the by-products of this was an energy...sort of a creation of vibes & the movement towards mass consciouness that can be seen, felt & certainly heard in this film, awul. The BONUS AUDIO tracks contain some NEVER RELEASED MATERIAL that are incredible...featuring some tracks from the score that you have never heard before. Also the SLIDESHOW contains a wonderful array of still-shots taken during the filming of ROCKERS.....excellent for backround A/V during entertaining. Some crucial shots of Peter Tosh too. Also, the PATOIS DICTIONARY is another must have for anybody who was not raised by Jamaicans, and trying to understand the dialect. Only Jah Know~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate rasta travelogue! July 12 2000
Part of what I like to call the "Holy Trinity" of reggae-flavored films--the other two being "Harder They Come" and "Countryman", "Rockers" is one of those rare movies where style over substance is a moot point--it's still a classic! The storyline is almost mythic in its simplicity and universal themes; but you ultimately don't care because your senses are too busy soaking in the infectious energy of the performers, the sumptuous tropical colors, and a perfect marriage of visual movement and insistent reggae beats. The subtitles are helpful but not really required in order to enjoy the experience. The only other film I can think of to compare this to is 1959's "Black Orpheus", which had a similar power to immerse you in another culture with its heady combination of music, color and movement. Warning-I guarantee you'll break traffic laws to rush right out and immeadiately purchase the incredible soundtrack album (which thankfully is in print and fairly easy to track down)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Hilarious, Classic June 13 2001
Undisputable one of the best movies to come out of Jamaica. This classic, entertaining, hilarious comedy offers non stop laughs. Aligned with an all star cast of not only good actor, but entertainers, as well, this Jamaican comedy crosses all lines of color, creed and social class. It not only offers a well writen, well directed movie, but also a strong ambience of Jamaican culture. Armed with true Jamaican patios and subtitle, for those that might have problem with the dialogue. I see no reason why this treasure should only be for Jamaicans, but should be shared with America and the rest of the free world too. I think that everyone should pick up this movie so the whole family can enjoy it. We can only hope that Jamaica has more movies like this one to offer in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I-Rey Mon. Rockers is Top-Ranking. Feb. 13 2001
This film is more than cookie cutter come-uppance. It is a spiritual journey, one that takes the viewer through a day in the life of a down-to-earth third world international superstar, who brushes shoulders with Police, Theives, Herbsmen, Artists, and everyday people. Rockers is a glimpse of Jamaican Culture, Music, Vibe, and Hard Roots Reggae. I'd give it more stars, but it got 5 from everyone here already. I bought this DVD twice, one for me & one for my bud. The 7 bonus tracks are outstanding. The Soundtrack is only half the picture. There are many many more great songs in this film you could only get here. This is a no-brainer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must see ghetto reggae lovers
a view of the reggae scene in kingston in the 70's, some of the best music themes and singers appear in it, and shows a real look at rastas living in the ghetto.
Published on April 15 2003 by enrique f ezcurra
3.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor
This version is poor quality w/scenes chopped from the original theatre release. I read where the "official" DVD version on Island/Palm/Whatever they are this week was... Read more
Published on Dec 8 2002 by bluejim
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite reggae movie hands down
I love this movie and have watched it over and over again. It captures the vibe of reggae in the late '70s perfectly and includes performances by some of the greatest performers of... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2002 by Matthew Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars ROCKIN'
Yeah, Reggae holds it's own in this vintage Roots film about the "real deal" record industry in Jamaica. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001 by "kikimeeks"
4.0 out of 5 stars Nuff Raga in Dub
The best reggae style b movie aroundfilled with crucial roots reggae. Great cameos by big time dj's and artists, ie Jacob Miller performing temnemant yard . Read more
Published on June 13 2001 by Jennifer E. Cavalli
5.0 out of 5 stars Jah Rasta Far I, Roots, Rock, Reggae!
See the real hardcore life in Jamaica. Backyard dubparty's, smoking the green herbs. Great soundtrack! A collector's item for reggae lovers. Read more
Published on March 19 2001 by H.F.B. Welman
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a classic 70s movie. a must-see 3rd world cinema gem.
Published on Nov. 27 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Jamaican classic with all the famous raggae artists.
Depicts a true life picture of everyday getto youth life. It shows how the Rasta culture and the music is the voice of the nation. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2000
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