The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee "Scratch" Perry

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The Upsetter tells the wild, weed-fueled story of Lee Scratch Perry — a visionary Jamaican musician, artist and all around madman — who burst upon the Kingston scene in the ‘50s with a brand new sound, inventing a genre of music that would come to be called Reggae. He went on to discover a young Bob Marley and gained international recognition as a solo artist and record producer, working with pioneering artists like the Heptones and the Congos. Soon he was being called upon by artists as diverse as The Clash and Paul McCartney to provide his unique sound. Narrated by Benicio Del Toro, the film captures the essence of a complex, enigmatic figure who was at once a mad genius and a mystic.

directed by: Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough
starring: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Carl Bradshaw, The Clash, Eve, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney, Haile Selassie, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer
2008 / 95 min / 1.33:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

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  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • 2022 Directors’ commentary by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Booklet includes an essay by Brandon Harris, Jay Burger, Matt Diehl, Adam Bhala Lough and a the original documentary pitch letter to Perry
  • English SDH subtitles
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