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Rockers [Blu-ray] (2009)

Burning Spear , Gregory Isaacs , Ted Bafaloukos  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, Errol Brown, Manley Buchanan
  • Directors: Ted Bafaloukos
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Japanese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mvd Visual
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P50HNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Blu-Ray edition of the classic cult Reggae film, released to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary. A riotous burst of energy and color, 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 cast reads like the ultimate Reggae Hall Of Fame, featuring some of the leading musicians and producers of the day: Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Lee Perry, Dennis Brown, Jacob Miller and Inner Circle, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Big Youth, The Heptones, Kiddus I, Robbie Shakespeare, Leroy Smart, Dillinger and the fantastic Burning Spear. The film captures Reggae at its musical apex with a vibrant and magnificent soundtrack now digitally re-mastered from the original 35mm film made in 1979. Witty and unpretentious, this Blu-Ray version even comes with a glossary of 'Rasta Patois'.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irie Ites Rasta March 14, 2001
Format:DVD
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Version Has Many Plusses and One Big Minus July 14, 2001
By beelove
Format:DVD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate rasta travelogue! July 12, 2000
Format:DVD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I-Rey Mon. Rockers is Top-Ranking. February 13, 2001
Format:DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ROCKing Sort of... July 1, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
First of all I have to say I love this movie for many reasons. One of which is for the fact that Horsemouth is an awesome drummer and he had an aspiration to make a movie in his lifetime and made it happen. AWESOME! A low budget film, but it makes it so perfect! The music selections make this flick totally worth buying!

So my discrepancy, unlike the DVD version of "Rockers," the blu-ray version only has the film, chapter selections, and audio selections. The DVD has a menu on terms used by Rastafarians and a menu where you can listen to most of the tracks on the movie. Granted the menu on Rastafarian terms is kind of lame, it at least has more on it than the blu-ray version. Why did Blu-ray come out if they aren't going to use everything it is capable of? It can hold more information and at higher resolution. So why aren't these menus and MORE on this DVD? Well, I have no clue. But I would suggest you buy the DVD version cause you'll get more out of your dollar. This blu-ray version really disappointed me! Not worth the price!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rockers
I don't like this cd because the songs had a very old style and did not go exactly with my expecations.
Published 12 months ago by tadesegetahun
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites.
Even though this movie is available on Netflix, it is nice to be able to watch it whenever and wherever, even without an internet connection. The music in this movie is the best.
Published on September 10, 2012 by MauraAnne
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all reggae films!
Very well crafted film with many historic bonus cameos of reggae singers & musicians, some of whom are not with us anymore. The story is finely woven and politically on target. Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by S. L. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waiting
I first saw the film in 1983 ,when a friend showed it to me on VHS. I was instantly hooked ,and blown away at the amazing music and culture of Trenchtown. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by Kristen Sarubbe
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reggae Classic.
Rockers, the movie that starred great artists in the soundtrack and a few known reggae artists in the Movie. About a young man who gets pay back. Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by Marc Shupe
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
The dreadlocks, the 'erb, the reggae greats and the music made this out to be a most enjoyable movie. Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by Tere Mateora Ngarua
5.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly getting even, just giving some back to the people
Poor people get ripped off every day, and nothing is ever done about it. This low-budget film from the early eighties portrays a handful of Reggae studio musicians who take on the... Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by Gerundive
5.0 out of 5 stars RASTAFARi
Horsemouth is the Chuck Norris of Jamaica.
one of my favorites.... action packed with GREAT tunage.
Published on April 12, 2008 by dj gigi the intern
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie, more difficult for me to understand than other movies I've seen from Jamaica...but it was a great move. Enjoyed reading about the actors and band histories. Read more
Published on January 3, 2005 by M. Bearden
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
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