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

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This special limited edition slipcover is limited to 1,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Factory 25, a Brooklyn-based independent film distribution company was founded in 2009 by Matt Grady. F25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. Its mission is to deliver specialized film and music titles in an aesthetically captivating way while exposing the indie world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities in various ways and formats — theatrically, digitally, on TV, VOD, via subscription, limited edition DVDs,  Blu-ray's, books and vinyl. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing this diverse and unique home video line!

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

Additional info:

  • 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

The Upsetter: The Life & Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry - Trailer from Factory 25 on Vimeo.