Here’s some news that’s got the cult movie fanat­ics jump­ing for joy: Roger Corman’s clas­sic New World Pictures releas­es — a ver­i­ta­ble Rosetta Stone of exploita­tion film­mak­ing — are going to get high-qual­i­ty DVD releas­es from Shout! Factory.  The first few out of the pipeline will be the clas­sic California hard­core-punk dra­ma Suburbia and one of the all-time rock movie greats, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (star­ring the Ramones).  These long-out-of-print cult faves will sport new anamor­phic trans­fers, com­men­tary tracks, ret­ro­spec­tive fea­turettes and all the oth­er good stuff us Corman-flick addicts crave.  Read on for the deluxe details and pay close atten­tion to the end, which lists a bar­rage of excit­ing future releas­es…

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

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 2000, Battletruck (aka Warlords Of The 21st Century), Deathsport, Forbidden World, Galaxy Of Terror, Attack Of The Crab Monster, Not Of This Earth (1957), Piranha and Humanoids From The Deep, among oth­ers.

To purchase these discs directly from Shout! Factory, just click on the “Buy” buttons below: 

Rock 'N' Roll High School

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School

Vince Lombardi High School is 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 bat­tle Miss Togar?s iron-fist­ed rule and take their bat­tle to a tru­ly rock­in? con­clu­sion in this 1979 cult clas­sic! FormatAspect RatioLanguageSubtitles NTSC, Region 1, Color1.85:1 (Widescreen)EnglishN/A Run TimeRatingNo. DiscsOrig. Release 84 min­ute­sPG11979 View Clip: player­File = “http://www.mcmediaplayer.com/public/mcmp_0.8.swf”; fpFileURL = “http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/rnrhs/RNRHS-Clip_4-512K.flv”; fpPre­viewImageURL = “http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/rnrhs/RNRHS-Clip.jpg”; play­er­Size = “360x240”; col­orScheme = “796d83”; fpBut­tonOpac­i­ty = “80”; cpHide­Pan­el = “mouse­out”; cpHid­eDe­lay = “2”;






Rock 'N' Roll High School (Blu-ray)

Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (Blu-ray)

Vince Lombardi High School is 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 bat­tle Miss Togar?s iron-fist­ed rule and take their bat­tle to a tru­ly rock­in? con­clu­sion in this 1979 cult clas­sic! FormatAspect RatioLanguageSubtitles NTSC, Region 1, Color1.85:1 (Widescreen)EnglishN/A Run TimeRatingNo. DiscsOrig. Release 84 min­ute­sPG11979 View Clip: player­File = “http://www.mcmediaplayer.com/public/mcmp_0.8.swf”; fpFileURL = “http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/rnrhs/RNRHS-Clip_4-512K.flv”; fpPre­viewImageURL = “http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/rnrhs/RNRHS-Clip.jpg”; play­er­Size = “360x240”; col­orScheme = “796d83”; fpBut­tonOpac­i­ty = “80”; cpHide­Pan­el = “mouse­out”; cpHid­eDe­lay = “2”;






Suburbia

Suburbia

Suburbia focus­es on the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the ear­ly 1980s. Evan and his younger broth­er leave their bro­ken home in an attempt to escape their alco­holic moth­er. They fall in with The Rejected, a gang of punks who live as squat­ters in an aban­doned shack. There the boys find a new fam­i­ly, but the group is test­ed when they become the tar­get of ?Citizens Against Crime?, a group of unhap­py sub­ur­ban­ites. FormatAspect RatioLanguageSubtitles NTSC, Region 1, Color1.85:1 (Widescreen)EnglishN/A Run TimeRatingNo. DiscsOrig. Release 95 min­utes­R11984 View Clip: player­File = “http://www.mcmediaplayer.com/public/mcmp_0.8.swf”; fpFileURL = “http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/suburbia/Suburbia-Clip_3-512K.flv”; fpPre­viewImageURL = “http://www.shoutfactory.com/av/suburbia/Suburbia-Clip.jpg”; play­er­Size = “360x240”; col­orScheme = “796d83”; fpBut­tonOpac­i­ty = “80”; cpHide­Pan­el = “mouse­out”; cpHid­eDe­lay = “2”;