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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL

For years, fans of cult film ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL had been subjected to a really awful transfer on videotape. Thanks to the folks at Lumivision, things got a lot better. First they released a Letterboxed transfer of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL on Laserdisc. Now Lumivision brings their Letterboxed transfer to DVD, giving fans the best possible presentation. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL is the kind of film that is true wish fulfillment for every generation of teenagers. The plot centers around high school life. When the tyrannical new principal tries to ban Rock ‘N’ Roll from the school, the students rebel. As part of their rebellion, they take over the school and are joined by their favorite rock band for the siege. I don’t think there has ever been an uglier rock band than THE RAMONES, yet it’s their kissers plastered up on the big screen, performing a number of their best tunes. The cast of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL features PJ Soles, Vincent Van Patton, Clint Howard, Dey Young and Dick Miller. Also look for Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov of EATING RAOUL fame.

Lumivision’s DVD special edition of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL comes from the same Letterboxed transfer as does the Laserdisc. The jacket notes indicate that ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL was transferred from the best surviving materials, which just happened to be the original camera negatives. The Letterboxing restores the film to its proper 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. The transfer looks quite good, and the element has only a modest amount of markings. The image is nicely detailed throughout, and the colors have a respectable level of saturation. Had it not been for cinematographer Dean Cundey, I doubt ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL would look as good. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL shows the promise of Cundey’s later work. Digital artifacts weren’t very obvious on this DVD.

The films monaural soundtrack is presented in two channel Dolby Digital. The track sounds relatively good, and will take a fair amount of amplification without becoming harsh.

Lumivision has assembled a good selection of supplements for this release. First there is an audio commentary with director Allan Arkush, producer Michael Finnell and screenwriter Richard Whitley. The commentary is enjoyable and fans will find it informative. Other supplements include a theatrical trailer, an interview with Roger Corman, a radio spot, as well as, live audio outtakes of THE RAMONES performing songs from the concert portion of the film. Lumivision makes the special edition of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL available on DVD for $30.00.

 
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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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