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

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  • Actors: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov
  • Directors: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante
  • Writers: Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, Joseph McBride, Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch
  • Producers: Michael Finnell
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: May 11 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035CVB26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,183 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cubist on April 7 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johny Bottom on March 27 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor on Feb. 10 2004
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LP45CDwoman on Dec 29 2003
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 17 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have loved this movie since being the age of four, since then it has been crimped hair and leather jackets all the way. I was a playground punk at the age of five, and by the age of six my whole family called me Riff.
This movie has been the frame of my life, from the first time i saw it I have been in love with Joey. I am now in High School, and none of my friends are familiar with The Ramones, yet I am still hopelessly devoted to them.
If you dont like the Ramones, you will after you have watched the movie. If you do like them, watching this will make you like them even more! It's funny, kinda cool and the music rocks!!! It tells the story of Riff Randall, the Ramones' number one fan, who will go to any lengths to defend them, AND MEET THEM!
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