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Rock 'N' Roll High School [DVD] [1979]

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  • Actors: P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov
  • Directors: Joe Dante, Allan Arkush, Jerry Zucker
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E30INQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,400 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In this campy, classic musical tribute to the rock legends the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi High School are a wild and rebellious bunch who are sick of sitting in school--they want to go see the Ramones in concert. With the lowest academic scores in Southern California and pathetic athletic teams that haven't won a game in years, the school's last three principals had nervous breakdowns and were committed to the funny farm. But that's no concern to the kids, who just want to rock. Riff Randall, the leader of the frisky students, writes the song Rock 'N' Roll High School and leads a brigade of her peers to a Ramones concert. However, when a fierce new principal cracks the whip and attempts to silence the rock music by burning stacks of the students' records, a riot breaks out. The Ramones arrive at school and join forces with the students to take over the school and, in a glorious exclamation of victory, burn it down. The terrific soundtrack includes such Ramones favorites as Blitzkrieg Bop; Pinhead and Teenage Lobotomy in addition to the title track. Extras: AVAILABLE AUDIO TRACKS: ENGLISH (DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0 MONO) COMMENTARY BY: ROGER CORMAN AND DEY YOUNG, DIRECTOR ALLAN ARKUSH, PRODUCER MICHAEL FINNELL AND SCREENWRITER RICHARD WHITLEYBACK TO SCHOOL: A RETROSPECTIVE: THE MAKING OF THE MOVIE WITH ALL-NEW INTERVIEWS WITH ALLAN ARKUSH, ROGER CORMAN, JOE DANTE, DEY YOUNG, MARKY RAMONE, LOREN LESTER AND MORE ORIGINALTHEATRICAL TRAILER AUDIO OUTTAKES AT THE ROXY: ORIGINAL RECORDINGS OF THE RAMONES DURING THESHOOTING OF THE FINAL SCENE ORIGINAL RADIO ADS

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 22 July 2004
Format: DVD
Okay, so most people liked "Grease" when it came to high school musicals. But I always had a preference for "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Did "Grease" have the Ramones? Did "Grease" have the school being rocked to the ground? Did "Grease" have a giant mouse worried about its children? This is the 1950's rock and roll teen movie updated to 1979 and instead of Annette we have P.J. Soles, in her one starring role of prominence after memorable appearances in "Halloween" and "S*T*R*I*P*E*S." P.J. is Riff Randell, the #1 Fan of the Ramones, which is just one more thing to be inscribed on her permanent record as far as Vince Lombardi High's principal Miss Togar (Mary Woronov) is concerned. Riff is aided and abetted in her never ending battle against the fascist policies of Miss Togar by her friend, Kate Rameau (Dey Young), who is cute, sweet and in need of a boyfriend. Fortunately, all of life's problems can be solved with the help of Eaglebauer (Clint Howard) and the Ramones. Of course, if Mary Woronov is in this movie, you know Paul Bartel must be nearby and he plays Mr. McGree, the only teacher who is hep to the Ramones.
There are standard juvenile antics, ratcheted down a level or two for the purposes of this film, which is redeemed when the Ramones show up and save the day by destroying the school. "Rock 'n' Roll High School" is a film that embraces its shortcomings and total lack of pretentions. As with all good cult films, this DVD edition caters to the whims of its peculiar fanatics, offering up the concert footage of the Ramones shot for the film, decent commentary from the director, producer & writer, and an interview by Leonard Maltin of Roger Corman (sure, why not?). They were not trying to make a good movie here, which is why this is not a bad film but a staple of late night weekend programming. And did I mention it has the Ramones?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mell_2 on 21 April 2006
Format: DVD
The pupils of Vince Lombardi High School have trouble on their hands when the new principal arrives. Miss Togar (Mary Woronov) is as strict as she is anti-rock 'n' roll, and sees Riff Randall (P.J. Soles) as her greatest rival. All Riff cares about is the Ramones, and she's determined to get to see their next concert when they're in town - will Miss Togar stop her?

Was there ever a more perfect marriage of music and film than the Ramones and Rock 'n' Roll High School? Well, maybe - this exuberant, daft comedy, written by Richard Whitley, Russ Dvonch and Joseph McBride, is the equivalent of those A.I.P. Beach Party movies of the sixties, with its good natured humour, plentiful breaks for music, and overage teenagers versus adults storyline which sees the pupils take their revenge on the teachers for all that homework they hand out.

As played by the sunny P.J. Soles, Riff is a walking exercise in obsession, and nothing will get between her and her favourite band. She's even written a song for them (the title track), and is determined to get it to them so they can perform it. Which they do, because it's that kind of film. Riff's best friend Kate (Dey Young) is more bookish, and wants a date with the socially inept captain of the football team, Tom (Vincent Van Patten).

It's fair to say that the first half of the film is the funniest, but it balances out because the second half has most of the good music. We're treated to witnessing the effects rock 'n' roll music has on mice, Riff's excuses for missing school to stand in line for concert tickets ("My goldfish died"), and the school's fixer-upper (Clint Howard) demonstrating how to go on a date (with the help of a blow up doll).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Looneyboyo on 1 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
Nobody could accuse this film of being deep or subtle, but there is some damn fine rock n' roll being played. PJ Soles is somewhat overshadowed by Mary Todorov, and of the Ramones Marky comes across best. However, the decidedly ropey acting is forgotten whenever the Ramones pick up their instruments and ratchet out the best rock n' roll ever seen in a film of this type. And who could forget the moment when PJ goes to have a showemr only to find Dee Dee playing his bass there?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bern1106 on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Before all the blather, you must be a fan of The Ramones to enjoy this film. If not, read no further as this review is of no interest to you.

Rock and Roll High School is, light-hearted, kitch, satirical and sometimes surreal.

The plot is not original at all, Vince Lombardi High School is outre and Rock 'n' Roll. The new principal wants rigor and hard work, the kids, obviously, just wanna have fun.
Riff Randall (PJ Soles) is a Ramones fan and lives only to listen to their music and pass it on to others. The whole plot revolves around her going to a concert by them and camping out for three days in front of the venue to make sure she gets the best seat.
The film takes a while to get started, the first twenty minutes can probably be run ff. There's the usual introducing the romance, the rebel and the new principal who is anti-Ramones. Her two hench prefects are hilarious and do a great job of cocking things up.
The school "fix everything for the boys" works out of a toilet and employs a take a ticket system to consult him. It's already getting surreal....

Riff gets a friend to take sick notes to the new principal to explain her camping outside the rock venue for three days (her whole family 'dies').
But who are we waiting for? THE RAMONES.
They enter suitably in an open top, walk up the fan queue, Johnny and Dee Dee playing guitar, Marky tapping his drum sticks and Joey singing. Fantastically kitch.

The plot shifts to Riff trying to get her song sheet to them, Joey singing "She's the One" to her at the concert, to seeing them sing while smoking pot in her bedroom. (Marky is on the drums in the garden) Class.

The Ramones come to save VLHS from the new principal.
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