(Ted Bafaloukos, 1978)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Rockers Film Corporation / Blue Sun Film Company
Video: MVD Visual
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 12,471,078,328 bytes
Feature Size: 12,320,700,672 bytes
Video Bitrate: 15.03 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 16th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Dolby Digital Audio English 384 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (Jamaican Patois), French, Japanese, Spanish, none
Description: A crime syndicate is making things very difficult for struggling reggae musicians. Artists and songs include: Inner Circle - "We a Rockers," Maytones - "Money Worries," Peter Tosh - "Stepping Razor," Burning Spear - "Jah No Dead," and many others.
''ROCKERS'' is another Jamaican movie with the sparkle of ''The
Harder They Come,'' which it manages to resemble but not
imitate. In fact, ''Rockers'' is in many respects the better of
the two. ''The
Harder They Come'' had the invaluable advantage of coming first,
and the area both films cover is almost narrow enough to make a second
seem superfluous. But ''Rockers'' holds its ground, thanks to its funny,
offbeat players and sinuous reggae score.
Rockers comes to Blu-ray in quite a meager offering. Despite the single-layering with the film taking up less than 13 Gig it certainly doesn't look bad at all considering the film's age and relatively limited production roots. Where the 2005 US DVD was 1.33 - this is 1.78, like the UK DVD, but I am unsure which is correct. Grain is present and there is noise in the darker sequences - but as the film uses natural light and mostly outdoor sequences it never became an issue with my viewing. This Blu-ray exports some decent, accurate colors - brighter than I would have anticipated. Detail is stronger than DVD standard but is not notably sharp. There is some minor depth but the best thing one can say about the image is that it handily surpasses the Anniversary DVD but would never be considered demo material.
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No HD track for all the deeply evocative music of the film. The 5.1 sounds marginally deeper (and louder) than the 2.0 channel but it is not what adopters of the format have come to expect from Blu-ray. I suspect its the exact same remastered tracks from the DVD. It's a shame since the film's Jamaican reggae music is so much a big part of the film experience. It never comes to life as fans might have hoped. There are optional subtitles for the Jamaican Patois - in English, French, Japanese and Spanish. My Momitsu identifies that this is a region FREE releases playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The supplements may be the most disappointing aspect of this Blu-ray as none of the 25th Anniversary DVD extras are moved over - so there is no Bafaloukos' commentary that had the video pop-ups. In fact, there are no extras at all on this hi-def disc but the only redeeming factor is that the price reflects that.
June 18th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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Gary W. Tooze