The Harder They Come (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: August 20, 2019
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: Shout Factory
- Note: Disc 1: The Harder They Come-Rated R:
- NEW 4K scan from the original 16mm negative
- NEW audio commentary with author David Katz (Jimmy Cliff: An Unauthorized Biography)
- "One And All: The Phenomenon Of The Harder They Come"
- "Hard Road To Travel: The Making Of The Harder They Come"
- Vintage interviews with actor Jimmy Cliff, producer Arthur Gorson and director Perry Henzell
- "The Harder They Come" music video
- Disc 2: No Place Like Home-Not Rated:
- NEW restoration from the original negative
- NEW expanded edition of the documentary "Perry Henzell: "A Filmmaker's Odyssey"
- Theatrical trailer
- Disc 3: Special Features:
- "The Ghosts of Recordings Past" - Dynamic Sound Studios, then and now
- "From The Cutting Room Floor" - the restoration of No Place Like Home
- "Filming In The Gully" - anatomy of three scenes
- "10A - Jamaica's Film Yard" - the story of Perry Henzell's Kingston home and production center
- "Out Of Many: One Filmmaker" - The Disciples Of Perry Henzell"
- And much more!
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- DTS HD Master Audio - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Ras Daniel Hartman, Toots & the Maytals, Janet Barkley, Basil Keane & Carl Bradshaw|
|Directed by||Perry Henzell|
|Edited by||Seicland Anderson, Richard White & John Victor Smith|
|Music by||Toots & the Maytals & Jimmy Cliff|
|Screenwriting by||Perry Henzell & Trevor Rhone|
|Produced by||Perry Henzell|
|Director of Photography:||Frank St. Juste, David McDonald & Peter Jessop|
Rating: 5/5 -- The Harder They Come is a landmark work of cinema, a film that helped expand understanding about a corner of the world often ignored. Full Review
The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical. Full Review
4 stars out of 5 -- It's elevated to greatness by one thing...an unmatchable reggae-tastic soundtrack.
The Harder They Come for all its populist appeal, though, forces the audience to confront our idea of respectability politics and the value of art in a Caribbean society. Full Review
...Movie aficionados appreciate it as the definition of tuffer-than-tuff gangster cool...
The themes present in the film remain particularly relevant in today's climate. Full Review
Ian Thomas Malone
Rating: 3/4 -- A rough, raw and realistic work that became a box office sensation in its homeland and a cult favorite stateside. Full Review
Reggae music serves as both soundtrack and plot element in THE HARDER THEY COME, a groundbreaking classic starring music legend Jimmy Cliff. Such hits as "You Can Get It If You Really Want," "Many Rivers to Cross," and "Sitting in Limbo," punctuate the film's action, introducing reggae and its Jamaican roots to a worldwide audience. Here, Cliff plays Ivan Martin, a poor country boy who goes to the city to make money, becoming a street rebel and a pop idol overnight. In Kingston, Ivan finds nothing but corruption. The record company offers him a mere $20 to release his single, "The Harder They Come." Ivan takes to the streets, where he is ensnared by crime. After brutally knifing a man, he serves a prison sentence. Once free, he supports himself by selling marijuana, protecting himself from legal persecution by giving the cops a cut. But that doesn't keep him from getting mixed up in a police raid. Ivan quickly develops a reputation as a Kingston criminal, and when his single "The Harder They Come" is finally released, it fuels his bad-boy notoriety, culminating in a tragic conclusion. Perry Henzel's 1973 film has become a cult classic and was an important factor in bringing reggae music to the fore. The movie served as a device for promoting Cliff's album and bringing him visibility as a primary Jamaican artist, on a par with Bob Marley.
- THE HARDER THEY COME screened at the 1972 Venice Film Festival.
- The film was made on a shoestring budget of $400,000.
- The soundtrack includes four songs by Jimmy Cliff as well as music by the Melodians, Toots and the Maytals, the Slickers, and Desmond Dekker.
- The film, which includes heavy violence and many gun fights, was seen by some as anarchist propaganda.
- The police attempted to stop the production of the movie several times during its making.
- THE HARDER THEY COME was reportedly the first Jamaican feature film to be made by Jamaicans.
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