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The Rock (The Criterion Collection)

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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.

Special Features

New Widescreen Digital Transfer, Approved By Director Michael Bay And Enhanced For 16X9 Televisions|Audio Commentary by Michael Bay, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Actors Nicolas Cage And Ed Harris, And Technical Advisor Harry Humphries|Video Interview With Jerry Bruckheimer|Analysis Of The Dive Sequence's Special Effects, By Hoyt Yeatman Of Dream Quest Images|MOVIE MAGIC Episode On The Film's Special Effects|Dos And Don'ts Of Hollywood Gunplay, With Harry Humphries And Marshall Teague|Excerpts From SECRETS OF ALCATRAZ, A Documentary By A La Carte Communications|Storyboards, Production Design Drawings, And Production Stills|Theatrical Trailer And TV Spots|Outtakes Selected By Michael Bay|THE ROCK World Premiere On Alcatraz

Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (627 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TPN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rock (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
At San Francisco in Alcatraz, a group of terrorists lead by ex-general Hummel (Ed Harris) who demand a ransom as they threaten to launch missles with deadly gas into the San Francisco bay area if they don't get what they want. FBI chemical warfare agent Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) now must join up with former criminal Mason (Sean Connery) to rescue the hostages and stop the madmen from threatening the city.

Explosive and action packed thriller which is Michael Bay's crowning achievement besides "Transformers" delivers all the thrills and chills that anyone needs. Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson lavishly produced this movie and Michael Bay was just perfect to do this movie, the movie does co-star Tony Todd ("Candyman) and Michael Biehn. It's got excellent action sequences, terrific performances by the cast, humor, a little romance and a good plot makes this a sure fire crowdpleaser to any action lover out there.

This Blu-Ray makes the movie never looked or sound this great before! the extras are phenomenal like a movie showcase spotlight that shows scenes that showcase the ultimate in HD pic and sound, Audio commentary, World Premier of the movie, featurettes, interviews, Trailers and TV Spots.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is one of the few action movies I think still holds up and this DVD presents it pretty well but there are basically no little extra things on it. Wait for the Criterion DVD to come out. It will more than likely have an anamorphic transfer (since they started doing that), great sound and it will also have a lot of extras like a history on Alcatraz, outtakes and of course a commentary. But unless you really have to have it and don't care for supplements, you can't go wrong with this disc.
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