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The Rock (The Criterion Collection) (1996)

Sean Connery , Nicolas Cage , John Schwartzman , Michael Bay  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse
  • Directors: John Schwartzman, Michael Bay
  • Writers: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, Mark Rosner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TPN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rock (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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New Widescreen Digital Transfer, Approved By Director Michael Bay And Enhanced For 16X9 Televisions

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A highly decorated, retired U.S Marine general (Ed Harris) seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages on the San Francisco Bay isle. His demand: Restitution to the families of soldiers who died in covert operations. The response: An elite Navy SEAL team, with support from an FBI chemical warfare expert (Nicolas Cage) and a former Alcatraz escapee (Sean Connery), is assembled to penetrate the terrorists' defenses on the island and neutralize the threat before time runs out. The result: A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a first-rate cast, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.

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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great transfer to Blu-Ray! January 14, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
More than likely, you already know whether you like this movie or not. The
question you may be asking is "If I own the DVD, is it worth upgrading to
the BD version?" I'm happy to report that this is a great transfer, and is
a major upgrade from the DVD version, assuming that you have a audio/video
system that can allow you to see and hear the difference. The picture is
far more detailed than the DVD version, and the uncompressed PCM audio
track is fantastic. Kudos to Disney for doing an excellent job on this one.
Highly recommended.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion gives proper DVD treatment to The Rock. February 19, 2001
Format:DVD
Buena Vista released The Rock as a movie-only edition back in 1998 and anyone who knows their DVD must have been less-than enthusiastic about the release (this reviewer included), and hoped that someday the film would be revisted with a special edition release. Fortunately, that day has come! This new Criterion DVD release features a 2.35:1 matted widescreen presentation, anamorphically enhanced for 16x9 televisions, something which was sorely missed from the Buena Vista disc. This disc also has a new Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix, which is a remixed track of the original 5.1 mix on the Buena Vista disc, which was rather good, this track just improves on it. Criterion, doesn't stop there though, a DTS 5.1 surround mix has been added for your sonic pleasure. And for a film such as this, both audio surround tracks are a welcome addition, especially the DTS track which was newly-remixed and digitally mastered specifically for this Criterion DVD.
The area where this Criterion version really puts Buena Vista's to shame is in the special features department. Now for people who own the Criterion laserdisc of this film, these extra features might seem familiar. But for first-time viewers of the Criterion release of this film, you'll be very pleased with the extras you get here. Supplements abound on the second disc in this 2-DVD set, you'll have hours of enjoyment sifting through all of the extras presented in this package. The only gripe I have about this disc is the commentary track recorded for the film. Sean Connery is suprisingly absent from it. Which, for me at least is a disappointment. But that's only a minor gripe, this disc is one of the best Criterion has relased for a film on DVD. So throw out your old Buena Vista DVD/VHS/LD copies of The Rock, and get this Criterion DVD. I highly recommend it, especially if your a fan of this film.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film with great extra features July 3, 2004
Format:DVD
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
In this director approved Criterion Collection release, we are treated to some excellent materials.
The film follows the story of Francis Hummel (Ed Harris), a retired marine who takes hostages on Alcatraz island. His demand is that the families of soldiers killed in covert operations be given compensation. He treatens to launch VX nerve gas into the city of San Francisco if his demands are not met. A navy SEAL team is sent in to neutralize the threat. Helping out is Stanley Goodspeed (Nicholas Cage), a chemical weapons expert, and John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man to have escaped from Alcatraz.
The film has great acting and there are some good laughs in the film also. There are many action packed scenes including a car chase through the streets of San Francisco and the cars are often airborne when they go on the hills.
The Criterion DVD has many special features and is on a deouble disc set.
Disc 1 contains the movie with optional audio commentary by Director Michael Bay, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Technical advisor Harry Humphries, and actors Nicholas Cage and Ed Harris.
Disc 2 contains a theatrical trailer and TV spots, a video interview with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, a blooper reel, a special about the film's premiere on Alcatraz, scenes from a TV special "Secrets of Alcatraz" that contains interviews with actual former inmates and a history of the island from Native American times to modern times.
There is a special "Dos and Don'ts of Hollywood Gunplay" with the film's technical advisor Harry Humpries and Marshall Teague.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent, Adrenaline-Pumped Thrill Ride! November 24, 1999
Format:DVD
The Rock is one of the greatest of all action films. This is a movie that not only presents some incredible, if not stunning, action sequences, but also a smart plot and intelligent screenplay. This is a film that really works in it's genre to the fullest. Director Michael Bay is a master of this material and adds great style and vision to already excellent material. The screenplay by David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook and Mark Rosner has a touch of intrigue here, a touch of adrenaline there, a splash of rambo here, and the effect is great on the big screen. "The Rock" never slowes down but never gets dumb either. Elements taken from other films are lovingly polished to a gloss. Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris all give convincing performances that ignite the screen along with everything else. "The Rock" also has some of the best of all action scenes. The chase scene through San Francisco is pure excitement and thrills and amazingly filmed. "The Rock" is intelligent, action-packed, and a wild, thrilling adrenaline-pumped ride that's also wonderfully stylish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 4 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well, what can you say, Sean Connery is the rock.
Published 6 days ago by john harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome thrill ride
Totally unrealistic, ridiculous dialogue, preposterous plot line, Nick Cage's face.

What an awesome thrill ride! A fun movie with friends or alone.
Published 7 days ago by johnny dollar
5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks
Sean Connery truly is on of the best of the best as is Nicolas Cage, the movie "Rocks".
Published 8 days ago by Cheynne1
5.0 out of 5 stars Like
Always liked this movie, have it on VHS. Now I have it on DVD :)
Published 8 days ago by Robert C. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
I loved it. This was a long-ago purchase and I don't buy VHS anymore, but you should know it's a good quality VHS. Not like those in the 5 dollar bin at your grocery store.
Published 9 days ago by Rebecca of SunnyBrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 12 days ago by leon b lafleur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always liked this movie. And Blue Ray makes it even better!
Published 23 days ago by Jonnyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Solid Entertainment.
Good performance by Sean Connery, Cage and Ed Harris. It keep you entertained with a good storyline and enough of action. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lam Hoon Leong
4.0 out of 5 stars BUY it!
this is drama at its best. Great mixture if characters! Anytime Sean Connery is in a movie is good for me. Ok Not always, but if you like a good solid story this is for you. Read more
Published 24 days ago by sebof
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