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Rock 'n' Roll High School (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) [Blu-ray]

P.J. Soles , Vincent Van Patten , Allan Arkush , Joe Dante    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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"Do your parents know you're Ramones?" With those withering words, Miss Togar (Mary Woronov), the uptight neofascist principal of Vince Lombardi High School, addresses the four mop-haired, leather-jacketed members of America's first and most famous punk band. And you know it won't be long before the Ramones's jackhammer riffs are blaring through the public address system at maximum volume, the kids are running--not walking--wild in the hallways (without passes!), and Miss Togar's gulag is re-christened "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Then, in keeping with the outrageously nihilistic animus of punk, the high school students and the Ramones just blow the place to smithereens. It's a crowd- pleasing, fantasy-fulfillment climax that combines the apocalyptic finale of Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point with the explosive conclusion of Alice Cooper's "School's Out." Rock 'n' Roll High School is a blast, a goofy and liberating salute to the rebel spirit behind the teen rock & roll movies of the 1950s, which always pitted the kids' insatiable appetite for fun against the adults' fear-based authoritarianism. The film is emblematic of the disarmingly silly, tongue-in-cheek humor of the youth-oriented B-pictures cranked out in the '50s and '60s by renowned low-budget exploitation mogul Roger Corman (who gave many a hungry young filmmaker, including the creators of this film, their start in the biz), and of the noisy, anarchic energy of '70s punk rock, as personified by the inimitable Ramones. In the words of the maestros' beach-blanket-buzz-saw title anthem, this movie is "Fun, fun, oh baby, fun, fun..." --Jim Emerson

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5.0 out of 5 stars "1,2,3,4!!!" April 7 2004
By Cubist
Hey Ho! Let's Go! Listen up, kids. Rock 'n' Roll High School may have been released way back in 1979 but it still kicks the butt of any of those square MTV movies. Forget about Britney Spears and Mandy Moore's brand of bubblegum pop music -- they don't hold a candle to the unbridled power of those punk rockers from New York City, the Ramones!
The movie does a great job of playfully championing the Ramones as rock gods and yet shows them being accessible to their fans. The band first appears in a car driving down the street on the way to their venue as they play "I Just Wanna Have Something To Do." Once outside the club, they get out of the car and interact with the crowd of ticket buyers. The editing, coupled with the insanely catchy song gives the scene an infectious energy.
From B-movie veterans like Paul (Eating Raoul) Bartel and Mary (Death Race 2000) Woronov to newcomers (at the time), P.J. (Halloween) Soles and Dey (Strange Invaders) Young, the entire cast has a lot of fun spouting the film's wonderfully inspired cornball dialogue ("If you don't like it, you can put it where the monkey puts the nuts."). The Ramones are good sports and mumble their way through the film and truly coming alive during the music sequences. The movie rightfully cements their reputation as legends.
Rock 'n' Roll High School embodies the essence of the punk rock music that made the Ramones famous. The film is bursting with youthful energy, a dose of good ol' fashion anarchy and is loads of fun to watch. These are also the ingredients that made Rock 'n' Roll High School a cult film. It was a commercial and critical failure upon its initial release but repeated midnight screenings, coupled with steady appearances on TV, have helped the film endure over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Who are the Ra-monies?" March 27 2004
Aw yes kids, fire up that DVD player, and get out the popcorn for some innocent, rebellious fun. Rock n Roll High School has it all. Cool guys, cute girls, the Ramones, and an EVIL, EVIL [strict] principal who will stop at nothing to removing rock n roll from her high school. I can only hope that those were stunt mice and no real mice were hurt during the filming of this movie.
Seriously, this movie has everything you could possibly think of, with the kitchen sink thrown in. We got the 'Ron Howard's Brother' in possibly one of his largest roles ever. His office is the boy's room and he aims to bring romance into your life. Even if you're a nerdy football player(?) who's opening line has something to do with the rain in Idaho.
The Ramones make this movie, there's no argument there. You get some concert footage of them that is filmed well. Where ele can you get footage of Joey singing with a camera a half inch away from his face?? They get some funny lines and end the film running through the high school with the rest of the kids. Sure the school gets blown up in the end, but c'mon it's all in the name of rock n roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most fun movies ever Feb. 10 2004
By Eleanor
Rock 'n Roll High school is the absolute opposite of a serious and mentally enriching punk flick, but it's probably my favorite comedy of all time. Set up like a standard "teen movie" with stereotype characters that behave in predictable, yet entertaining patterns, the movie doesn't take itself seriously, so you'd be silly to try. The scenes with the Ramones are great too, the band themselves don't have a lot of lines (the included booklet talks about how uncomfortable they were with the acting portion, so it's probably for the best), but the live scenes are well directed, and the plot bits they do take part in are fabulous.
I enjoyed the commentary track a lot too, the movie was shot in less than three weeks on the smallest budget possible, so there's obviously a lot of fun stories on how they managed to put everything together on such tight constraints, and still have a great time doing it.
Rock'n Roll High School is by no means the greatest movie ever made or anything of that class, but that doesn't take away from the fact that its just plain fun to watch, and re-watch. Get it and have some fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Throw away your VHS ! Dec 29 2003
Yes, you will toss your well-loved VHS edition of this RAMONES classic when you viddy what the DVD has for ya! In addition to the spiffiest presentation yet available (sharper, cleaned-up picture and sound), you get a buttload of extras! Start with a booklet with a Johnny Ramone interview, add a special intro and thank you from director Allan Arkush on the disc itself, stir in the original trailer (will YOUR school be NEXT?), sprinkle with audio outtakes from the Ramones' concert sequences at the Roxy, and garnish with a second audio track featuring hilarious and sometimes harrowing commentary from Arkush, producer Michael Finnell and screenwriter Richard Whitley (you won't believe what everyone went through to get this pic made, and made right!) and you have a DVD that is a winner from start to finish! There is even more stuff on the disc that I won't get into here, but you'll love it. A classic movie deserves a classic (and classy) DVD. THIS IS IT! Great job, guys! Joey and Dee Dee are smilin' down at'cha!
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4.0 out of 5 stars HELP Goes to High School! March 22 2003
I originally had this on VHS from some used video store collection around 1992; I was so scared it would break that I bought two copies. Thank heavens it's on DVD! "Rock And Roll High School" was a giddy over-the-top b-movie from the king of the b's, Roger Corman. I am sure it was patterned after the teen rebellion movies of the 50's and the anarchy of The Beatles' films, but probably with less of a budget than The Ramones spent on their albums.
It's that cheesy low budget quality permeates this movie and gives it charm. The jokes are often beyond silly (the exploding rat, for instance) and the acting just above cornball caricature. It makes me love it all the more. The soundtrack has all the standard when-teens-attack songs like "School's Out" and The Ramones' brilliant title song. Then for added musical pleasure measure, there's a never released Paul McCartney song and inclusions from Nick Lowe and Eddie & the Hot Rods.
There are so many classic moments here, from Dee Dee playing in the shower, Mr. McCree's (Paul Bartel) transformation to a punker in the hallways, the EEEE-Vul Miss Togar, the "office" of Eaglebauer, and of course, the wish fulfillment fantasy as The Ramones and the students do what every student who ever hated High School and loved Rock and Roll would want: take over Vince Lombardi High. (And let's not forget the fantastic Ramones concert sequence!) "Rock And Roll High School" may not be the best Rock driven movie of all time, but I'd probably call it my personal favorite. It's Gabba Gabba Groovy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Still Rocks!
Classic movie! I remember watching this when I was much younger and really enjoying this film. From the great music to the rebellious teen attitude towards school and those putting... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe R
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic one can watch over and over
I became a huge Ramones fan after seeing this movie for the first time ~24 years ago at a drive-in. (And where is Marla Rosenfield (Cheryl) now? Read more
Published on July 31 2004 by dvp
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic + Ramones = Fun Fun
This is a masterpiece of low budget cinema. Everything about this movie rocks. The Ramones are undoubtedly one of the best punk rock bands of all time and this film showcases them... Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Tate Hemlock
3.0 out of 5 stars "Those Ramones are peculiar." "And ugly, ugly, people."
If you were 12 in 1980, this would definitely the coolest movie ever made. For everyone else, this movie is basically a cheesy third-rate teen movie saved only by the incredible... Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Mathias
5.0 out of 5 stars hi movie/ramone rock and rollers!
whoa, whoa, whoa! I haven't seen this movie but you darn well should. tell me about it when you are done watching it! THIS IS NOT A MOVIE KIDS SHOULD BE WATCHING
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by C. D Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Joey!!!
I have loved this movie since being the age of four, since then it has been crimped hair and leather jackets all the way. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2003 by "sugarsweet89"
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Sit back and enjoy
This movie is great, it's got the ramones in concert (Blitzkreig Bop, California Sun, Teenage Lobotomy, Pinhead, and She's the one live) And it's funny and creative and a school... Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by DeeDee Vicious
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST MOVIE EVER
This is the best movie ever...ever...ever....it has the best music and even though the plot is stupid the movie is still very good...watch it!!
Published on June 5 2003
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