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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~
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.
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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Great storyline, loveable characters and fantastic music - but have a Jamaican patois-English dictionary handy (to help with the captions).Published 10 months ago by Lee McNulty
Excellent movie.. but bad picture quality.. Go with the Blu-Ray version.. perfect pristine video & audio quality.. makes a HUGE difference.Published 14 months ago by Randon Blakeley
the musical/cinema verite equal of the better known THE HARDER THEY COME i like jamaican weed, but i would'nt like visiting inner city jamaica after veiwing this movie.Published 14 months ago by blubberingfatso
I don't like this cd because the songs had a very old style and did not go exactly with my expecations.Published on September 13, 2013 by tadesegetahun
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
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 morePublished on July 21, 2011 by S. L. P.
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 morePublished on September 25, 2010 by Kristen Sarubbe
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