August 22, 2019
Shout! Factory will release Rock ‘N’ Roll High School: 40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Nov. 19.
Based on director/story writer Allan Arkush’s own high school fantasy, the 1979 cult film takes place at Vince Lombardi High School — the wildest, most rockin’ high school around until the principal tries to implement totalitarian order. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle to take back their school.
Executive produced by Roger Corman, Rock ’N’ Roll High School boasts performances by the Ramones and stars P.J. Soles, Vince Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller and Paul Bartel.
The disc will include a new 4K scan from the original camera negative, and a new feature-length documentary titled “Class Of ’79: 40 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School,” featuring Interviews with Arkush, co-director/story writer Joe Dante, actress P.J. Soles, screenwriter Richard Whitley, screenwriter Russ Dvonch, cinematographer Dean Cundey, editor Larry Bock, and more.
The Ramones, who were personally selected by Arkush as the film’s musical heroes because he felt they epitomized pure rock ’n’ roll, wrote two songs for the film: “I Want You Around” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.”
Additional extras include four audio commentaries with the filmmakers and stars; the featurettes “Back to School: A Retrospective” and “Staying After Class”; a Leonard Maltin interview of Roger Corman; an interview with Arkush featuring a look at rare set photos; audio outtakes from a marathon Ramones performance staged by the production at the Roxy Theatre; and the film’s original trailer, radio ads and TV spots.