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Romancing the Stone (Special Edition)

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Editorial Reviews

When her sister is kidnapped by thugs searching for a priceless jewel in the Colombian jungle, a romance novelist (Kathleen Turner) soon finds her own life filled with cliffhangers and danger. All alone, she sets out to rescue her sister and meets up with a handsome fortune seeker (Michael Douglas) who convinces her to beat the bandits to the treasure.

Special Features

  • **Deleted Scenes:
  • "Jack T. Colton"
  • "By the River"
  • "Keep Quiet"
  • "Treasure Map"
  • "Campfire on a Cargo Plane"
  • "Romancing the Stone"
  • "Alligator"
  • "The Book Signing"
  • "Rekindling The Romance: A Look Back" featurette
  • "A Hidden Treasure: The Screenwriter" featurette
  • "Michael Douglas Remembers" featurette
  • Actors Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito choose their favorite scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Diane Thomas, Howard Franklin, Lem Dobbs, Treva Silverman
  • Producers: Michael Douglas, Jack Brodsky, Joel Douglas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FO0AA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Romancing the Stone (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Kuhlman on November 11, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a shy, mousy, albeit highly successful romance novelist who weeps at her own work when she finishes each novel ("Oh, God--that's good!") and, terrified to leave her Manhattan apartment, only dreams of the adventures that her fantasy character, Angelina, lives. All this changes when she receives a letter from her sister's recently deceased husband which contains a treasure map, and receives a phone call from her terrified sister held hostage by the same kidnappers (introducing the hilarious Danny Devito and Zack Norman, two partners-in-crime who happen to be cousins) who insists that Joni must deliver the map to her in Colombia. Reluctantly, the borderline agoraphobic Joni agrees, because it's her sister.

After her bus, supposed to be routed to Cartagena but ends up crashing into a jeep filled with exotic birds in the middle of the mountainous nowhere, and she is ordered to give up her purse containing the map to the same man who murdered her husband, the evil Colonel/Minister of Antiquities/Deputy Commander of the Secret Police Zolo (chillingly portrayed by Manuel Ojeda) she is narrowly rescued by a soldier of fortune named Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas). He becomes embroiled in the struggle for what is at the end of the map, the green, priceless emerald stone. They meet numerous crazy characters along the way and hijinx abounds!

Seeing this movie on blu-ray makes me remember the sheer VISUAL pleasure of its 35mm release! Its 2.35:1 Panavision anamorphic cinematography, lensed by horror maestro John Carpenter alumnus Dean Cundey, is lush.
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Robert Mueller on January 4, 2001
Format: DVD
I will not argue about the story,the stars and the production. this is a great all around movie. But it deserved a far better DVD transfer then Fox gave it. They chose to cheap out on a very good soundtrack and pass on a DD 5.1 upgrade, leaving the original (VHS) Dolby 2.0. The film transfer is at times grainy and no better than VHS, in fact we compared it to the tape and found it about the same.The film was transferred to a 2.35 wide screen format. The only "extra" was the original trailer. Fox was certainly after the quick buck on this conversion. We give the film 5 stars for its entertainment value, but 0 for it's DVD technical merits. I guess that makes it a 3 overall. Michael Douglas/Robert Zemekis how could you let Fox do this to your film.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cubist on September 6, 2006
Format: DVD
Out of all of the movies in the 1980s that were influenced by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Romancing the Stone was arguably the best of the bunch (even if it was written before Raiders) because it managed to successfully blend action and adventure with a good dose of humour that resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience. It also helped Michael Douglas make the jump from television to A-list movie star and shot Kathleen Turner's career into the mainstream.

Douglas' character has the same kind of roguish charm as Indiana Jones albeit with a bit more of an emphasis on the comedy. And like Han Solo, he's a little full of himself and the humour in the film comes when he's knocked off his smug high horse. Turner is an excellent foil to Douglas and Joan makes a credible transformation from meek wallflower to a much more confident and assertive individual - closer to the heroines in her novels. In addition to being quite funny, Turner is also beautiful and smart. The `80s were good to her with a string of hits that included Body Heat and Prizzi's Honor but it was this film that really established her as a movie star.

Romancing the Stone also helped launch director Robert Zemeckis' career who would go on to direct an even larger hit with Back to the Future. He wisely doesn't try to ape Raiders' retro pulp serial approach, instead going for a more contemporary look while capturing that film's more overt comedic moments with broad slapstick that is a little too silly at times but fortunately Zemeckis keeps them to a minimum. The commercial success of Romancing the Stone spawned an inferior sequel, The Jewel of the Nile but the chemistry between the two leads (and DeVito) was used effectively again in The War of the Roses.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
Format: DVD
I saw this movie about four times when it first came out and was always struck by the high quality of the film. This transfer could only be rated fair to good, and seems to produce some video noise in areas where there are a lot of straight ines rather than sharp crisp ones. It looks like Fox just rolled it over quickly to DVD with no care, especially since there are no extras beyond a trailer that is clearly fourth or fifth generation and totally washed out. Sad, since this was a big hit when it came out and a lot of people will be looking forward to it. They also list it at a high price, which should mandate some type of extras. Maybe not so oddly, some of the poorest DVD transfers I've seen come from major studios, while one of the best (Blade) is from New Line.
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Please tell me the Blu-ray has restored the subtitles!!!
I just got my Blu-ray copy today and watched the movie. There are subtitles on the scene you mentioned, and there are subtitles on some of the other scenes too.
Nov 4, 2010 by Rushead 2112-Hemispheres |  See all 3 posts
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