Love, Reign O’er Me! – Quadrophenia comes to Criterion!!!

Ok, this is the most exciting Blu-ray/DVD release I have seen in a while.

Let me see if I can put into words how much I love this film: This was the first laser disc I bought. When I was a teen, I watched it every time it was on TV (rarely in those early days of cable), my friends and I probably wore out the local video store’s copy and definitely always saw it on the rare occasions it played at Film Forum or the like. I was a Mod in high school and this is one of the filmic holy texts for us.

Not only is the Who’s rock opera of the same title fucking amazing (and my favorite Who album of all time) but Franc Roddam’s film is redolent of films like Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End, coming at the tale end of the 1960’s-1970’s period where teen angst and social unrest were presented in an almost vérité look and films were rife with improvisation.

Yup. Can’t wait for this one!


Quadrophenia Film Still


Quadrophenia (Criterion Blu-Ray)
  • SYNOPSIS: The Who’s classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled London of the early 1960s. Our antihero, Jimmy (Phil Daniels), is a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love, who identifies with the fashionable, pill-popping, scooter-driving mods, a group whose opposition to the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam’s rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend’s brilliant songs (including “I’ve Had Enough,” “5:15,” and “Love, Reign O’er Me”) providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles.



  • New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version, with the original 2.0 stereo soundtrack as well as an all-new 5.1 surround mix, supervised by the Who and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and director of photography Brian Tufano
  • New interview with Bill Curbishley, the film’s coproducer and the Who’s comanager
  • New interview with the Who’s sound engineer, Bob Pridden, discussing the new mix, featuring a restoration demonstration
  • On-set and archival footage
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James, a reprinted personal history by original mod Irish Jack, and Pete Townshend’s liner notes from the album

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