Shout Factory’s new restoration is sourced from 4K Scan from the Original Camera Negative
The anarchic delight Rock ’N’ Roll High School is returning to Blu-ray in a new 40th Anniversary Steelbook edition from Shout! Factory.
This is Shout! Factory’s second Blu-ray edition of the film; the first was in 2010. That version was described as a “new anamorphic widescreen transfer”, but the new release touts an even better look: it’s taken from a 4K Scan of the original camera negative.
The new remaster is both sharper and more colorful than the previous release. It’s also a framed a bit looser, giving the picture more width but also introducing very slight letterboxing (black bars) at the top and bottom of the picture.
One of the weaker aspects of the prior disc was the blurriness of some of the on-screen text, so I’ve specifically pulled some of screens for review. There’s some slight improvement, most notably in the credits.
More than any other metric, close-ups and facial textures demonstrate a great increase in visual acuity.
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Except where noted, all 16:9 screen images in this review are direct captures from the disc(s) in question with no editing applied, but may have compression or resizing inherent to file formats and Medium’s image system. All package photography was taken by the reviewer.