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The Harder They Come (Collector's Edition)

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Genres: Crime, Drama, Music
Starring: Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman, and Basil Keane
Director: Perry Henzell
Plot Synopsis:

Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin in 1972's The Harder They Come, the first feature film to come out of Jamaica. An aspiring singer who leaves his rural village for the big city of Kingston, Ivan is hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions on his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits young hopefuls. In desperation, the simple country boy turns outlaw, at war with both the police and his rivals in the ganja trade. Ivan's dream of stardom soon becomes a reality as he rises to the top of both the pop charts … and the most-wanted lists. Directed and produced by Jamaican Perry Henzell, and written by Henzell and Trevor D. Rhone, The Harder They Come also stars Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, and Toots and The Maytals.

The Harder They Come [Collector's Edition] also includes the first release of the rarely seen but much discussed film No Place Like Home, also directed by Henzell in the 1970's. The film follows Susan, a producer from New York, visiting Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial. When the commercial's actress disappears, Susan finds herself venturing further into the island, and drifting further from her real life. Starring Susan O'Meara, Countryman, Carl Bradshaw, and PJ Soles, in her debut film role, the 1973 film went unfinished, and was thought lost for 30 years. No Place Like Home also heralded the first time Jamaican singer Grace Jones was put on film. Henzell was able to lay out his thoughts for finishing the film prior to his death in 2006 and the film was shown as a work in progress at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Accompanying the Blu-ray™ release is Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey, a new documentary about the creation, restoration, and history of that film.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: August 20th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1972
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Shout Factory
  • Technical Specs
    3-Disc Set
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Special Features: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 - directed by Chris Browne
    Vintage interviews with Jimmy Cliff, Arthur Gorson, director Perry Henzell, director of photography David MacDonald, and line producer Yvonne Brewster
    THE HARDER THEY COME music video
    NEW NO PLACE LIKE HOME - restoration from the original 16mm film elements
    NEW audio commentary with Sally Henzell, David Garonzik, Cookie Kinkead and Arthur Gorson
    NEW Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey - A short film on the long path to completing "NO PLACE LIKE HOME"
    NEW Rise Up from the Cutting Room Floor – the restoration of "NO PLACE LIKE HOME"
    NEW Audio Bonus Feature – P.J. Soles original vocal track and original acoustic guitar demo by Steven Soles for the title song "World Full of Beauty"
    NEW Theatrical Trailer
    THE LEGACY OF PERRY HENZELL: A STORY OF JAMAICAN CINEMA (Produced and directed by Arthur Gorson and David Garonzik, Executive Producer Justine Henzell)
    NEW Filmin' in the Gully – Anatomy of Three Scenes – with "The Harder They Come" cinematographer Franklyn "Chappy" St. Juste
    NEW Duppies in the Control Room – Dynamic Sounds Studios Then and Now
    NEW 10A – Jamaica's Film Yard – The story of Perry Henzell's Kingston home and production center – featuring Sally Henzell, Jason Henzell, Maxine Walters, Justine Henzell and more
    NEW A Conversation with Sir Ridley Scott
    NEW Live From the Reggae Awards: Red Carpet interviews with stars of the Jamaican music industry - conducted at Kingston's most recent annual music awards show
    NEW Out of Many One Filmmaker – The Disciples of Perry Henzell: featuring interviews with directors Storm Saulter, Rass Kassa, Chris Browne and producer Maxine Walters.
    NEW Everyone A Star: The Original Cast – including actors P.J. Soles, Carl Bradshaw and Winston Stona
    NEW Big Heap of Help: The Original Support Team – interviews with Perry's first personal assistant Beverley Manley, Assistant Director Bobby Russell, and more
    NEW Roots: The Family Henzell - including interviews with Sally Henzell, Justine Henzell and Jason Henzell
    NEW How Perry Rocked the World – interviews with "Native" Wayne Jobson, historian Chris Salewicz, and composer Steven Soles.
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