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Rock 'N' Roll High School [Blu-ray] (1979)

P.J. Soles , Mary Woronov , Allan Arkush  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: P.J. Soles, Mary Woronov, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone
  • Directors: Allan Arkush
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035CVB26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rock 'N' Roll High School [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From the man who introduced us to Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese, Shout! Factory is proud to present new collectors editions of Roger Cormans most loved productions.

Vince Lombardi High School has quite a reputation: it is the wildest, most rockin high school around! That is, until a thug of a principal, Miss Togar, comes along and tries to make the school a totalitarian state. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle the iron-fisted rule of Miss Togar and take their battle to a truly explosive conclusion!

Starring P.J. Soles (Halloween), Vince Van Patten (Hell Night), Clint Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Dey Young (Spaceballs), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Dick Miller (Piranha) and Paul Bartel (Hollywood Boulevard).

Bonus Features

* New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1)

* Special Introduction From Director Allan Arkush

* Audio Commentary With Director Allan Arkush, Producer Mike Finnell And Screenwriter Richard Whitley

* Audio Commentary With Roger Corman And Dey Young

* New Audio Commentary With Director Allan Arkush, P.J. Soles And Clint Howard

* Back To School: A Retrospective Including All-New Interviews With Allan Arkush, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dey Young And Marky Ramone

* Staying After Class: A New Interview With P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten And Dey Young

* Interview With Roger Corman Conducted By Leonard Maltin

* New Interview With Director Allan Arkush Including A Look At Rare, Behind-The-Scenes Stills From His Personal Collection

* Audio Outtakes From The Roxy

* Original Radio Ads And TV Spots

* Original Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By Eli Roth Courtesy Of

And More . . .


One of the best rock movies of all time. Shout! Factory has done a magnificent job presenting this movie on Blu-ray and I can't wait to see more entries in the Roger Corman's Cult Classics line --Digital Bits

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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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 ass of any of those square MTV movies. Forget about Britney Spears and Mandy Moore's brand of bubblegum pop music and their equally bland movies - they don't hold a candle to the unbridled power of those punk rockers from New York City, the Ramones!

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.

New to this edition is a "Back to School: A Retrospective" that takes a look back at this cult film with new interviews with producer Roger Corman, Alan Arkush and cast members Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov and Loren Lester and the surviving Ramone from that time, Marky. This is an affectionate, fun look at this movie with everyone reminiscing fondly about their experiences.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's The Ramones' "A Hard Day's Night' September 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Loud,frantic, and very funny, I remember loving this movie intensely from the first time I saw it at the Calvin Theatre in Dearborn, MI where my dad only paid a buck for each of us to see it on a double bill with "Battle Beyond the Stars". I had never seen the Ramones before (I would go on to see them live 6 times after) and I recall, with a sense of pride, how my mom chose to walk out on the movie and wait in the car, whilst my dad (who bought the tickets) stayed and enjoyed the film with my sister and myself. I think it was either the exploding mice or just The Ramones themselves that did it for her. P.J. Soles never had a better vehicle for her talents than this film (notable appearances in "Stripes", "Halloween", and "Carrie" notwithstanding) and I'd extend the same to Ron Howard's brother and Dick Van Patten's son just the same. Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel established definatively here their "indie-cred", after a decade of consistently intriguing work, and it's a pity you kids don't know them better. Also nice, as always, to see Dick Miller (Don't bother, junior). The pace is frantic, it could have been a good bit more raunchy (rated PG go figure), but what ultimately comes thru is a rock 'n' roll CLASSIC. The total anarchy that accompanys the final title song will live with me forever. Gabba gabba hey!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ROGER CORMAN CLASSIC! GABBA GABBA HEY! January 26, 1999
Being a Ramones fan, this movie has a special place in my heart. The commentary by the director , screenwriter, and producer is a real treat to liten to; you can feel their passion for film making and rock and roll. Most humorous is how they convinced Roger Corman to change the film from DISCO HIGH to ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL. Just a fun, fun movie. The DVD presentation is wonderful, though there are a few scratches from the transfer (What do you expect? It's Roger Corman!). And the audio outtakes are a must for Ramones fans. And with Clint Howard, Paul Bartel, and Dick Miller in the same movie, how can you go wrong?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do your parents know that your Ramones?" December 22, 2004
Rock `n' Roll high school is what a musical should be. The Ramones are one of the greatest bands of all time. No wonder this film is a classic, how can it not be a classic. It's got everything a classic needs. Dancing, great music, great story, and of course the Ramones. Riff Randle (P.J. Stoles) loves Rock `n' Roll and the Ramones. But as the schools new principle Ms. Togar tries to destroy Rock `n' Roll and make more strict rules, Riff has to save Rock `n' Roll and the school. The kids decide they have had enough. So they go to a Ramones concert and try to get them to make a song for the school called "Rock `n' Roll high school". Now in a all new remastered DVD with special features Rock `n' Roll High School is the ultimate musical to get. The commentary in this DVD was surprisingly not boring. Allan Arkush, Richard Whitley, and Michael Finnell discuss stories of the Ramones and the hard process of making this film. Lenard Maltin interviews Roger Corman (there's only 2 minutes of this) Roger discusses that if they didn't do Rock `n' Roll High School they would have done "Disco High". What I really loved was the outtake concert of the Ramones for the concert scene. They play two extra songs "I wanna be sedated" and Sheena is a Punk Rocker". If you love the Ramones, you got to see this film and you'll love them even more. In addition to this film you should also get Ramones Raw DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's my daughter's favorite movie
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Published 1 month ago by Jtorms
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the actual band and great actresses (pretty) for a b-movie was...
My scriptwriting professor john mc bride is the original screenwriter and to get all the inside behind the scene action, trauma, bloopers and personal achievements made this movie... Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Larraereyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Should have 5 stars for the brilliant Ramones soundtrack
Should have 5 stars for the brilliant Ramones soundtrack. Only let down by the plot. And the acting. And the special effects. And that slightly disturbing bedroom scene with Joey.
Published 3 months ago by Neil Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 3 months ago by Ross Rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The Ramones!!!!!!!! What more needs said!!!!!! Awesome movie.
Published 3 months ago by J. M. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie Fan
Fun teenager movie. Ramone's classic.
Published 3 months ago by Wisconsin
5.0 out of 5 stars always fun
i l saw this years ago and it remains a great cult film, brainless noisy kooky flick! love it...and of course, super great soundtrack ;)
Published 5 months ago by wendy parson
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Your School Be Next?
Remember when things were fun, exciting, colorful, pop culturally significant and impactful? This movie is a rockin' product of it's time, and I can't believe it has taken me this... Read more
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