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Wienerworld proudly presents the Blu Ray edition of the classic reggae film Rockers, to coincide with the film s 30th anniversary since its release. A riotous burst of energy and colour, almost documentary in style, Rockers is a cameo-packed gutsy thriller of the dread-locked, ganja-smoking drummer Leroy Horsemouth Wallace s attempts to succeed in the cut throat Jamaican music biz which provides much insight, amusement and education. The film captures reggae at its musical apex with a vibrant and magnificent reggae soundtrack now digitally re-mastered from the original 35mm film made in 1978. Witty and unpretentious, the DVD even comes with a glossary of Rasta Patois . Includes the following songs: We a Rockers, Tenement Yard, Stepping Razor, Fade Away, Slavemaster, Police and Thieves, Jah No Dead, Satta Amasagana
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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.
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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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
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 morePublished on Dec 8 2002 by bluejim
Yeah, Reggae holds it's own in this vintage Roots film about the "real deal" record industry in Jamaica. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by Keisha M.
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 morePublished on June 13 2001 by Jennifer E. Cavalli
See the real hardcore life in Jamaica. Backyard dubparty's, smoking the green herbs. Great soundtrack! A collector's item for reggae lovers. Read morePublished on March 19 2001 by H.F.B. Welman
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