Thursday, February 4, 2010

Did You Live in "Suburbia" and Attend "Rock 'N' Roll High School?"

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM

If you grew up in the early '80s, you probably did. Now you can relive them.

Shout! Factory is releasing 30th anniversary, special edition, remastered DVDs of the seminal flicks Rock 'N' Roll High School and Suburbia in May. Both movies are presented in widescreen and both DVDs are loaded with extras.

Rock 'N' Roll High (1979) is the tale of a group of students who, with the help of their rock music-loving leader Riff Randell (the wee PJ Soles) and The Ramones (yes, the actual Ramones) fight to wrest control of their school from their stodgy new principal.

The story goes that The Ramones agreed to be in the film after learning icon Roger Corman was behind it as executive producer. Johnny Ramone is believed to have said, “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.”

Good movies? That's up for interpretation. Myriad movies? No question about it. Corman directed about 100 movies and television episodes and produced about 1,000 more (OK, maybe 60 and 400 respectively) and was the master of the low-budget show.

Corman also served as producer on Suburbia (1984). Written and directed by Penelope Spheeris (Wayne's World, The Beverly Hillbillies) this film follows the lives of some disaffected teens for whom family is what you make of it. Soundtrack includes music by TSOL, The Vandals and D.I. and features the film debut of Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

If you were ever a teen, ever played a record or ever felt like a singer was vocalizing everything you were feeling, both of these flicks are must-sees.

These titles should be in stores on Tuesday, May 4. Visit shoutfactory.com for more info.

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