Rock 'n' Roll High School

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New Concorde's DVD edition of Rock 'N' Roll High School isn't a technical stunner, but offers plenty of quality extras to make it worthwhile for fans of this cult favorite. The video transfer was struck from a print that unfortunately shows a bit of wear and tear (especially around reel changes), but it nonetheless offers an image with richer colors and more detail than previous video editions of this title. In terms of audio, the DVD only offers a mono mix. A stereo soundtrack would have brought a real sense of ...
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New Concorde's DVD edition of Rock 'N' Roll High School isn't a technical stunner, but offers plenty of quality extras to make it worthwhile for fans of this cult favorite. The video transfer was struck from a print that unfortunately shows a bit of wear and tear (especially around reel changes), but it nonetheless offers an image with richer colors and more detail than previous video editions of this title. In terms of audio, the DVD only offers a mono mix. A stereo soundtrack would have brought a real sense of punch to film's frequent musical numbers. Thankfully, this DVD of Rock 'N' Roll High School really shines when it comes to extras: it restores all the bonuses of the out-of-print Lumivision DVD while also throwing in a few new extras. Features include a short video interview with Roger Corman (who reveals he originally wanted to make a disco movie), a surprisingly involved text bio of the Ramones, radio ads, reproductions of call sheets and recruiting flyers, a gallery of quotes on the film from the cast and crew, and a recording of the concert songs minus the overdubs utilized for the film. There is also a fun commentary track by director Allan Arkush, screenwriter Richard Whitley, and producer Michael Finnell that gives plenty of fun insider info on the film's production (including how Joe Dante ended up directing a few of the film's scenes). The package is rounded out by a 24-page booklet filled with in-depth cast and crew interviews. All in all, the high number of extras on New Concorde's DVD of Rock 'N' Roll High School make up for its mediocre technical quality and thus make it a must for Ramones fans.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary by director Allan Arkush, producer Michael Finnell, and screenwriter Richard Whitley; an interview with Roger Corman by Leonard Maltin; special film dedication by Allan Arkush; an exclusive essay on the making of the movie and other classic Corman films by screenwriter Richard Whitley; original audio outtakes from the Ramones' concert sequences at The Roxy; two radio spots; original theatrical trailer; cast & crew biographies
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
It’s almost enough to simply hear Joey Ramone remark, "Things sure have changed since we got kicked out of high school." But there are a lot more reasons to enjoy this Roger Corman-produced punk-era gem. Rock 'n' Roll High School is a shamelessly goofy throwback to the first generation of teen-exploitation movies, wherein the kids just wanted to rock and the square adults were determined to shut them down -- until they learned to stop worrying and love the music. What RRHS brings to the party is a punk sensibility that leaves Vince Lombardi High in ruins and the hard-nosed principal, Miss Togar, in a strait-jacket! B-movie king Corman originally conceived this instant cult classic as Disco High, a rare zeitgeist miss from the producer. Fortunately, much cooler heads prevailed. Director Alan Arkush, with an assist from Joe Dante, anticipated Airplane! with this anything-goes, Mad magazine-style gag-fest. The cast is in a class by itself: P. J. Soles as Riff; Dey Young as her more innocent best friend, Kate; Vincent Van Patten as the clueless football hero on whom Kate has an unrequited crush; Mary Woronov, channeling Joan Crawford, as Togar; Paul Bartel as music teacher Mr. McGree, who becomes a Ramones convert; and the great Clint Howard as Eaglebauer, who runs his test-score and hall-pass black market from a stall in the bathroom. The soundtrack which could prove fatal to laboratory mice, as Togar memorably demonstrates with explosive results combines blistering blasts of the Ramones "Teenage Lobotomy," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "Blitzkrieg Bop" with pop from Nick Lowe, Fleetwood Mac, Chuck Berry, and others.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Joe Dante co-wrote this funny, exuberant youth picture about a teenager named Riff Randell (Halloween's P.J. Soles) who is a huge fan of the Ramones and leads a rebellion against her school's uptight, anti-rock-music principal Togar (Mary Woronov in the role of her career). There are many odd touches in this delightful cult film, not the least of which is a giant delinquent mouse who went to seed after listening to loud music. Beyond the funny script and engaging cast, there is of course an incredible soundtrack, featuring all the Ramones songs that most people of a certain age know better than their algebra. Whether you like the Ramones or not, this picture is still a lot of fun and one of the most enjoyable musicals of its time. The "Corman Classics" videotape contains an interview in which producer Roger Corman reveals that the film was originally conceived as Disco High until director Allan Arkush fortunately convinced him that using rock & roll was a better idea.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • UPC: 736991219496
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: New Concorde
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
P.J. Soles Riff Randell
Vincent Van Patten Tom Roberts
Clint Howard Eaglebauer
Dey Young Kate Rambeau
Mary Woronov Evelyn Togar
Paul Bartel Mr. McGree
Loren Lester Fritz Hansel
Daniel Davies Fritz Gretel
Alix Elias Coach Steroid
Don Steele Screamin' Steve Stevens
Lynn Farrell Angel Dust
Herb Braha Manager
Jack Gill
John Hateley
Douglas Colvin Himself
Marky Ramone Himself
Debbie Evans
Richard Miller Police Chief Klein
Grady Sutton School Board President
Barbara Walters Cafeteria Lady
Michael Goodwin Chemistry Teacher
Joey Ramone Himself
Johnny Ramone Himself
The Ramones
Technical Credits
Allan Arkush Director, Original Story
Larry Bock Editor
Jack Buehler Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Corman Executive Producer, Producer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Joe Dante Original Story, Screenwriter
Russ Dvonch Screenwriter
Michael Finnell Producer
Siana Lee Hall Choreography
Marie Kordus Art Director
Joseph McBride Screenwriter
Gerald T. Olson Asst. Director
Linda Pearl Set Decoration/Design
The Ramones Score Composer
Gail Werbin Editor
Richard Whitley Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. First Day at Vince Lombardi High [3:46]
2. Opening Credits [4:37]
3. Smoking in the Boys' Room [2:31]
4. Eaglebauer Enterprises [2:27]
5. Hard Hearing [2:02]
6. Ear Mail [1:30]
7. Mouse Study [4:27]
8. Riff's Gift to the Ramones [4:08]
9. Dreaming Of Life After Togar [2:51]
10. Ticket Camp-Out [3:27]
11. Training Partner [3:11]
12. Riff on Angle Dust [1:50]
13. I Just Wanna Have Something [6:21]
14. I Want You Around [3:47]
15. Custom Van [4:57]
16. Road to Ruin! [2:35]
17. The Rockatorium [6:11]
18. Blitzkrieg Bop [2:19]
19. Teenage Lobotomy [2:19]
20. California Sun [1:48]
21. Pinhead [3:08]
22. She's the One [2:28]
23. Riff meets the Ramones [1:36]
24. Vinyl Bonfire [3:03]
25. Rock 'n' Roll High on the Air [3:38]
26. Do You Wanna Dance? [2:04]
27. One More Black Mark [2:39]
28. Schools out [2:17]
29. Rock 'n' Tributes [2:55]
30. Credits [2:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Set-Up
      Commentary with Director Allan Arkush, Producer Michael Finnell and Screenwriter
      English 2.0
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Allan Arkush: Director
         Roger Corman
         Michael Finnell: Producer
         P.J. Soles
         Vincent Van Patten
         Clint Howard
         Dey Young
         Mary Woronov
         Paul Bartel
      Roger Corman Interview
      Original Allan Arkush Thank You/Plus P.S.
      Ramones
         Back to the Rockatorium
         Ramones Bio
         Audio Outtakes at the Roxy
      Rock 'n' Roll High School Locker
         Original Movie Call Sheet/Whiskey Theatre
         Original Recruiting Flyer
         Cast & Crew Quotes
         Play Original Radio Ads
   Preview Attractions
      Eat My Dust
      Battle Beyond The Stars
      Saturday the 14th
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I watched this film every day in high school

    Although this film first came out when I was in the fifthe grade, it really became a part of my life in high school when I and my freinds would play it every single day. We always got up and bounced around the room during the scene when the Ramones drive down the street singing 'Just wanna have something to do'. I still quote this film and no one ever knows what I'm talking about. It's worth noting that Phil Spector produced the soundrack and there are a couple of songs that appear on no other Ramones albums but in this film and the soundtrack album. Specifically 'I want you around' and the smix of the fake live version of 'Rock n Roll High School' which is better than on End of the Century. It's got the the usual Roger Corman crew of Mary Wornov and Paul Bartel, as well as notable appearences by Clint Howard and Vincent Van Patten. But best of all it has the Ramones who clearly are too incoherant to utter any intelligable lines, but absolutely rock every scene they are in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Rock'n'Roll Movies Ever Made

    This movie was made by Roger Corman, the king of the drive-in movies. By itself, that should be a high enough recommendation, but I have long believed that this is the single greatest rock¿n¿roll movie ever made. It¿s funny, smart, cockeyed, sly, and best of all, it has the Ramones. The plot of the film is so convoluted that there is no easy way to summarize it, so I won¿t try here, but if I were to ever meet a being from another planet and was asked what rock¿n¿roll was all about, this is one of only two or three movies that I¿d be able to show them to help with the explanation. The film gets extra points for casting the delectable P.J. Soles as Riff, the hyperhormonal Ramones groupie/suburban princess. This might not be the greatest movie ever made, but it is surely one of the funniest, and Corman¿s craft as filmmaker for the kiddies is never more apparent than it is here. When this little number was shown at heartland drive-in theatres, people crawled out of their car's back seats and actually watched the screen.

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