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Shout! Factory Press Release: Rock 'N' Roll High School and Suburbia Collector's Editions


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#1 of 8 Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 04 2010 - 10:15 AM

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Two Generation-Defining Cinematic Treasures From the Roger Corman Library


Digitally Remastered and Presented in Widescreen, Jam-Packed With All-New Bonus Content and Rockin’ Musical Performances by the Ramones, T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I.

(and featuring Flea from The Red Hot Chili Peppers in his acting debut)

 

SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENTS


ROCK ’N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL

 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION AND

SUBURBIA COLLECTOR’S EDITION

In Stores Nationwide May 4, 2010
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Gabba gabba hey! Two hugely popular Roger Corman rock films that have long been out of print will hit the home-entertainment shelves on May 4, 2010: the Rock ’N’ Roll High School 30th Anniversary Special Edition DVD and Suburbia Collector’s Edition DVD, the first two titles launching the highly anticipated Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series from Shout! Factory. Newly remastered and available for the first time in Anamorphic widescreen (16:9), Rock ’N’ Roll High School Special Edition and Suburbia Collector’s Edition                                                             provide the outrageous candor of teenage angst and nostalgic reverie of a counterculture rock movement that captured the hearts of many generations. With explosive musical performances from the Ramones, T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I., and extensive bonus content including all-new interviews and commentary with cast and crew, rare behind-the-scenes footage and much more, these two definitive home entertainment releases from Shout’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics line are a must-have for Roger Corman fans and film aficionados as well as anyone who remains young at heart. Each DVD title is sold separately and has a suggested retail price of $19.93.

 

Executive produced by Corman and directed by Allan Arkush (Heroes), Rock ’N’ Roll High School boasts performances by the Ramones and stars P.J. Soles (Halloween) in the lead role of Riff Randell, Vince Van Patten (Hell Night), Clint Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Dey Young (Spaceballs), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Dick Miller (Piranha) and Paul Bartel (Hollywood Boulevard). 

 

Based on Arkush’s own high school fantasy, the 1979 cult film takes place at Vince Lombardi High School — the wildest, most rockin’ high school around! That is, until a thug of a principal, Miss Togar, comes along and tries to make the school a totalitarian state. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle Miss Togar's iron-fisted rule and take their battle to a truly rockin’ conclusion!

 

Rock ’N’ Roll High School quickly developed a devoted following after its release in 1979 and became a mainstay of the midnight movie cult circuit. As with films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, audience members began to dress up like the cast and the Ramones for screenings.

Arkush, a self-described “unabashed rock ’n’ roll fanatic,” chose the Ramones to star as the film’s musical heroes, as he felt they epitomized pure rock n’ roll. As Arkush remembers, “We staged a live, marathon show at the Roxy Theatre that consisted of 22 hours of nonstop Ramones,” and the tireless quartet also wrote two songs for the film: “I Want You Around” and “Rock ’N’ Roll School.” The Ramones were fans of Corman as well. Johnny Ramone said in an interview at the time, “When we found out Roger Corman was behind the picture, we said, sure, we’ll do it because we knew he had a reputation and we knew he made good movies.”

 

ROCK ’N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL EDITION

EXTENSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

·         New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1)

·         Special Introduction And “Thank You” From Director Allan Arkush

·         Audio Commentary With Director Allan Arkush, Producer Mike Finnell And   

Screenwriter Richard Whitley

·         Audio Commentary With Roger Corman And Dey Young

·         New Audio Commentary With Director Allan Arkush, P.J. Soles And Clint

Howard

·         Back To School: A Retrospective Including All-New Interviews With Allan Arkush, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Dey Young, Marky Ramone And More . . .

·         Staying After Class: A Roundtable Interview With P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten And Dey Young

·         Interview With Roger Corman Conducted By Leonard Maltin

·         New Interview With Director Allan Arkush Including A Look At Rare, Behind-The-Scenes Stills From His Personal Collection

·         Audio Outtakes From The Roxy – Audio Recording Of The Ramones Shooting

·         The Final Scene

·         Original Radio Ads And TV Spots

·         Original Theatrical Trailer

·         Original Theatrical Trailer With Commentary By writer/director/actor Eli Roth Courtesy Of Trailers from Hell.

·         Additional Roger Corman Trailers

·         And more TBA!

 

Written and directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne’s World), featuring live performances by T.S.O.L., The Vandals and D.I., and starring Bill Coyne, Chris Pederson, Jennifer Clay and Christina Beck, 1984’s Suburbia deftly explores the punk rock generation and follows the unforgettable journey of two teenage boys who escape their unhappy home and join a group of runaways, punks who have banded together to form their own family. Dubbing themselves “The Rejected,” (aka T.R.), the teens have taken squatters’ rights in a filthy, abandoned house, and are bound together by tragedy and punk rock until they’re confronted by the “Citizens Against Crime,” a group of irascible adults from the suburbs who blame the punks for the ruin of their town. During the course of filming, the production used real kids for many parts in addition to professional actors (and includes the acting debut of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea).

 

SUBURBIA COLLECTOR’S EDITION SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

·         New Anamorphic Widescreen Transfer (1.85:1)

·         Audio Commentary With Director Penelope Spheeris

·         New Audio Commentary

·         Theatrical Trailers

·         And more….

 

Following the release of the Rock ’N’ Roll High School 30th Anniversary DVD and Suburbia Collector’s Edition DVD, Shout! Factory will continue to present Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment releases on a monthly basis. Upcoming highlights include Death Race 2000Battletruck (aka Warlords Of The 21st Century),DeathsportForbidden WorldGalaxy Of TerrorAttack Of The Crab MonsterNot Of This Earth (1957)Piranha and Humanoids From The Deep, among others.

 

Independent filmmaker-producer Roger Corman’s storied career ranks as one of Hollywood’s most amazing success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 50 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers.

 

Noted for his keen ability to spot young talent, Corman’s most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers and actors he has fostered, among them: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich and Sally Kirkland.

 

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#2 of 8 TravisR

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Posted February 04 2010 - 10:36 AM

Wow, that's quite a package for Rock N Roll High School. I can't wait to pick up the Blu-ray (assuming that it's still coming since there's no mention of it in the press release).

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Posted February 04 2010 - 11:51 AM

The release Not Of This Earth (1957) is good news.  I guess we can trust the announcement.  I just hope they did not mean the 1988 release.
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Posted February 04 2010 - 12:52 PM



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The release Not Of This Earth (1957) is good news.  I guess we can trust the announcement.  I just hope they did not mean the 1988 release.
From what I've been picking up from other websites, they will eventually release both versions.  The '57 version is supposed to be a double feature with Crab Monsters, due out July 20.  The remake will be standalone, due out September 28.  Presumably all plans subject to change.



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Posted February 06 2010 - 03:39 AM

What happened to the other ones in this collection?  I received an e-mail from Amazon saying that my other Roger Corman pre-orders (Humanoids from the Deep, Up From The Depths/ Demon of Paradise, Piranha) have been cancelled.  When I search their website, they're no longer listed.


#6 of 8 Bob Cashill

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Posted February 06 2010 - 08:19 AM

Those titles have been scheduled for Aug. 3. 


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Posted February 10 2010 - 03:45 AM

Found this over on the DVD Maniacs forum, from the latest issue of Home Media Magazine:

May 4:
ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (DVD and Blu)
SUBURBIA (DVD)

June 22:
DEATH RACE 2000 (DVD and Blu)
WARLORDS OF THE 21st CENTURY/DEATHSPORT (DVD)

July 20:
FORBIDDEN WORLD (DVD only?)
GALAXY OF TERROR (DVD only?)
ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS/NOT OF THIS EARTH (DVD)

August 3:
PIRANHA (DVD and Blu)
HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP (DVD)
UP FROM THE DEPTHS/DEMON OF PARADISE (DVD)

Sept. 7:
STARCRASH (DVD and Blu)
BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (DVD)

Sept. 28:
NOT OF THIS EARTH (1978) (DVD)
TIME WALKER/DEATH SPACE (DVD)

Starcrash? Warlords of the 21st century? HELL YEAH! This is going to be an expensive 6 months!


#8 of 8 Adam Gregorich

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Posted March 26 2010 - 06:06 AM

Here is confirmation of a Blu-ray release for Rock 'n' Roll High School:


As you may know already, Shout! Factory will launch the upcoming Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series this May beginning with Rock’n’Roll High School 30th Anniversary Special Edition and Suburbia Collector’s Edition.  Each DVD is set for May 4, 2010 street date in North America. Most recently, we also confirmed the Blu-ray™ debut of Rock’n’Roll High School 30th Anniversary Edition on May 11, 2010.
 
For the May DVD & Blu-ray releases as well as upcoming titles from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series, Shout! Factory DVD production teams have been working hard to remaster a number of great Corman titles that have been long out of print, some never-before-available on DVD and Blu-ray. Moreover, these releases boast a wide range of newly produced bonus content including new interviews, commentaries and featurettes.  





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