Rock, Baby, Rock It

Rock, Baby, Rock It

Director: Murray Douglas Sporup, Joan Arnold, Johnny Carroll, Kay Wheeler

Cast: Murray Douglas Sporup, Joan Arnold, Johnny Carroll, Kay Wheeler

     
 
A longtime cult favorite among fans of early rock & roll, Rock, Baby, Rock It comes to DVD in a simple but strongly rendered edition from Arcanum Entertainment. Rock, Baby, Rock It has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in uncompressed PCM Mono. The source elements look good and the

Overview

A longtime cult favorite among fans of early rock & roll, Rock, Baby, Rock It comes to DVD in a simple but strongly rendered edition from Arcanum Entertainment. Rock, Baby, Rock It has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in uncompressed PCM Mono. The source elements look good and the image has good contrast and a broad range of gray tones, while the sound is crisp and clear, serving the many musical numbers well. The dialogue and songs are in English, with no subtitles or language options. There's only one bonus item on board, but it's a good one -- a commentary track from Kay Wheeler, who appears in the movie and offers lively stories of working on the film, the early days of the Dallas rock & roll scene, meeting Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent, and hanging out in R&B clubs where she and her friends were the only white folks there. Rock, Baby, Rock It is one boppin' flick, and this DVD lets it look and sound as good as it deserves, with Wheeler's commentary adding icing to a very tasty cake.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richie Unterberger
Even by the standards of B-grade early rock'n'roll exploitation movies, Rock, Baby, Rock It is ridiculously low-budget, the plot confetti-flimsy, the acting stiff as a board, and the cinematography barely professional. Don't approach it expecting anything in the way of suspenseful entertainment, although it's ostensibly built upon the premise (and hardly an original one) of teenagers putting on a dance to save their club. The story, such as it is, is even more of an afterthought than it is in most productions of this kind, and dispensed with altogether in the last twenty minutes or so, which almost exclusively features music from the closing concert -- not that anyone (including the on-screen musicians and actors) seems to mind. If, however, you're in the mood for some cheesy fun and a chance to view some really obscure early rock'n'rollers, it certainly has its enjoyable moments. Almost every one of those, naturally, is contained in the film's performance sequences, giving us a rare chance to see a bunch of artists, both black and white, who never had a national hit. One supposes this was due more to budgetary limitations than any conscious notion to preserve underexposed singers on celluloid. Nonetheless, the range of acts showcased is rather wide-ranging, from doo wop (the Five Stars) and bluesy R&B (Preacher Smith & the Deacons, Roscoe Gordon) to white vocal groups (the Belew Twins, Don Coates and the Bon Aires) and rockabilly (Johnny Carroll), as well as some out-of-place Dixieland jazz by the Cell Block Seven. Even this music is largely generic and run-of-the-mill, but Johnny Carroll -- relatively speaking -- excels, putting more energy into his absurdly obvious Elvis Presley pastiches (one number sounds like a combination of Presley's "Baby Let's Play House" and "Good Rockin' Tonight") than all of the other acts put together. Gordon's scene has the humorously ludicrous touch of showing the bluesman play unfazed while a chicken dances on his piano, and the woodenly delivered teenage hipster dialogue has a so-bad-it's-good flavor of its own.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2005
UPC:
0646315850321
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
ARCANUM ENT.
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered; Audio commentary with star Kay Wheeler

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:51]
2. Chapter 2 [2:50]
3. Chapter 3 [5:11]
4. Chapter 4 [1:14]
5. Chapter 5 [1:20]
6. Chapter 6 [2:48]
7. Chapter 7 [2:38]
8. Chapter 8 [2:59]
9. Chapter 9 [5:42]
10. Chapter 10 [2:07]
11. Chapter 11 [2:02]
12. Chapter 12 [2:10]
13. Chapter 13 [2:10]
14. Chapter 14 [1:55]
15. Chapter 15 [1:21]
16. Chapter 16 [1:51]
17. Chapter 17 [4:10]
18. Chapter 18 [:29]
19. Chapter 19 [:44]
20. Chapter 20 [2:34]
21. Chapter 21 [3:11]
22. Chapter 22 [3:17]
23. Chapter 23 [2:22]
24. Chapter 24 [1:41]
25. Chapter 25 [2:39]
26. Chapter 26 [3:58]
27. Chapter 27 [1:52]

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