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Rockers (1978/Reggae/Music Video Distributors Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C-†††† Film: B-

 

 

Writer/director Theodorus Bafaloukosí Reggae film Rockers (1978) is back and this time, it is on Blu-ray in a very impressive playback upgrade from the DVD, which you can read more about (along with the film), at this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/2380/Rockers+-+25th+Anniversary+Editon

 

 

The 1.85 X 1 image is now in 1080p digital High Definition and on the DVD, the printís poor condition was an issue, as was the transfer in general and sadly the state of the element at the time.The new transfer is from the restored 35mm negative and for the most part, the results are stunning.The only thing that holds this back from a higher rating is that the darker and nighttime scenes (even when they have good color, which they do) look too grainy and the definition suddenly drops very noticeably.However, color is still amazing throughout and when the majority of the shots (which are in the day and happen with various daylight sources) happen, the film is stunning.Color, detail and depth surpass so many major films in Blu-ray, it is not even funny.Along with The Harder They Come (see below) and the James Bond film Live & Let Die (1973, see the Blu-ray review elsewhere on this site), Rockers proves that Jamaica has some of the best outdoor shooting you can possibly film.

 

If the night scenes were better, it would likely overtake the Bond Blu-ray, but it is the daylight footage that is so amazing, that many shots are actually of demonstration caliber for any serious system.Even the cover art cannot do justice to the amazing performance this Blu-ray offers to the point that you will swear you are watching a fine film print more often than not.Director of Photography Peter Sova moved on to work for years with Barry Levinson, on episodes of The Equalizer and lately has lensed some Horror/Thriller films and recent Sci-Fi actioner Push.

 

This remains one of the best works of his career, with a few shots of homage to The Harder They Come, yet also finding new aspects of Jamaica to show.I cannot say enough about how rich, accurate, detailed and blur-free the best shots are, while the color is so great and remains so throughout.Considering so many limits in the production of the time, this is a first rate work visually and a must-own Blu-ray for any serious collector.

 

The DVD had a DTS 5.1 mix, but this Blu-ray only has a regular Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, that is about on par with the DTS because the low-budget film was originally monophonic and a low-budget production.Despite the best restoration efforts, the sound simply shows its age in either case, but is just fine.Of course, the dialogue and dialect are richer here than in The Harder They Come and you can make out what everyone is saying, but subtitles are included.The music is obviously a big highlight and comes across well enough.

 

Unlike the DVD, the Blu-ray has none of the extras at all, though the case has a paper foldout inside with a glossary of words and terms from the film.That will disappoint some fans, but the picture is such an improvement that if leaving extras off of the disc is what it took, then so be it.

 

For more Reggae films restored, try this link to our coverage of The Harder They Come import DVD:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/8660/The+Harder+They+Come+(1972/Rest

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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