The Harder They Come [Collector's Edition]

Ships by: 2019-08-20
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SKU: 826663201000
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"Timeless and universal ... Nothing short of amazing" – The Los Angeles Times

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring singer hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions, 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. 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.

In addition to The Harder They Come, this Collector’s Edition includes a beautiful restoration of Perry Henzel's next film, No Place Like Home, which was also filmed in 1970s Jamaica, but was lost for decades. Never before released, the film is presented here with a host of new extras shot in Jamaica.

Why We Love It

“This newly-restored, three-disc Blu-ray from Shout! Factory has been not only a long time coming, but is the sort of special edition that dreams are made of…. easily one of the most robust and exciting home video releases of the year.” – Under The Radar

“Shout Select delivers a dynamite package with The Harder They Come. It’s a massive release that’s likely their best to date, combining great transfers with a wealth of educational and informative bonus material that’s akin to the old adage ‘film school in a box.’ It’s also touching to see Perry Henzell’s follow-up No Place Like Home get such deluxe treatment, which was completed not long before his death. For film fans, this is an essential purchase. Highly recommended!” – The Digital Bits

“The new ‘The Harder They Come’ Blu-ray edition features a 4K transfer that beautifully captures Henzell’s vivid images of island life, giving one of the classic low-budget midnight movies of the early ‘70s the prestige treatment it deserves.” – The Los Angeles Times

“In a word revelatory. The Harder They Come has had many fine transfers (See the DVD Criterion version) but Shout Factory’s 4K master from the original film negatives is nothing short of a miracle. Similar to the 4K restoration done for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It retains all of the beautiful 16mm grain but with a sharpness and clarity not seen before without any DNR to bring this out. I can only imagine the time and detailed efforts it took to bring this transfer to life in a way that even opening night audiences in Kingston probably never saw” – The Movie Isle

Jimmy Cliff Looks Back at ‘The Harder They Come,’ 5 Favorite Reggae Albums  Rolling Stone

Bonus Features for Blu-ray


  • 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
  • Interview With Director Of Photography David MacDonald
  • Interview With Line Producer Yvonne Brewster
  • "The Harder They Come" Music Video
  • Still Gallery


  • NEW Restoration From The Original 16mm Film Elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Sally Henzell, David Garonzik, Cookie Kinkaed, And Arthur Gorson
  • NEW "Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker's Odyssey"
  • 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 Song “World Full Of Beauty”
  • Theatrical Trailer

DISC 3: BONUS DISC – The Legacy Of Perry Henzell: A Story Of Jamaican Cinema

  • NEW "Filmin' In The Gully" – Anatomy Of Three Scenes – With 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, Justine Henzell, And More
  • NEW A Conversation With Sir Ridley Scott
  • NEW "Out Of Many: One Filmmaker" – The Disciples Of Perry Henzell”
  • NEW "Everyone A Star: The Original Cast" – Including Actors P.J. Soles, Carl Bradshaw, And Winston Stona
  • NEW “Big Heap Of Help: The Original Supporting Team” – Interviews With Perry’s Personal Assistant Beverly Manley 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 Historian Chris Salewicz, Composer Steven Soles, And More
  • NEW “Live From The Reggae Awards” – Interviews Conducted At The Jaria Awards, Kingston’s Annual Music Awards Show

Product Information

105 / 95 min
Region A
Not Rated / R
1972 / 2006