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The Rock (1996)

Sean Connery , Nicolas Cage , John Schwartzman , Michael Bay  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 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, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Hollywood Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 1997
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304711891
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rock" on IMDb

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Between his high-octane debut, Bad Boys, and 1998's wannabe blockbuster Armageddon, hotshot director Michael Bay forged his dubious reputation with this crowd-pleasing action extravaganza. In it a psychotically disgruntled war hero (Ed Harris) seizes the island prison of Alcatraz and threatens to wage chemical warfare against nearby San Francisco unless the government publicly recognizes the men who were killed under Harris's top-secret command. Nicolas Cage plays the biochemist who teams up with the only man ever to have escaped from Alcatraz (Sean Connery) in an attempt to foil Harris's terrorist scheme. As one might expect, what follows is an action-packed barrage of bullets, bodies, and climactic confrontations, replete with enough plot contrivances to give even the most jaded action fan cause for alarm. It's a load of hooey, but the cast is obviously having a grand old time, and there's enough wit to make the recycled action sequences tolerable. If you're ordering this movie on DVD, be careful with the volume knobs on your home-theater sound systems, because The Rock could cause partial hearing loss and structural damage to your home. --Jeff Shannon

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Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel, a legendary military hero, and his crack team of commandos seize control of Alcatraz, taking a group of tourists hostage. They threaten to launch poison gas missiles on San Francisco if their demand of restitution for their families of his men who lost their lives during highly covert military operations are not met. The city's only chance for survival is FBI chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed and a federal prisoner, John Patrick Mason, who also happens to be the only convict known to have escaped the island prison. With the clock ticking, they embark on a desperate bid to sneak into the island and detoxify the weapons before disaster strikes.

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77 of 78 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 A Pitch-Perfect Fusion Of Mind-Blowing Action And Deep Philosophy
"The Rock," directed by the infamous Michael Bay, remains one of his absolute best pictures. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Cobalt
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
This movie is a classic. Nicklaus Cage is really good and Sean Connery is the Wiley Sean Connery. Didn't expect some of the humor. Some violence, but fits the story line. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dean Fav
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I love this movie. What more can I say? Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage. What's not to like? I get a kick out of it every time.
Published 21 days ago by Cheryl Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
One of the best. I enjoyed the story, the great actors, the action. An older movie, but still very much worth watching.
Published 26 days ago by Anakin Skywagger
5.0 out of 5 stars gift.
was purchased as a gift for my husband and he loves it .. i enjoyed watching it with him when we watched
Published 29 days ago by tigger
4.0 out of 5 stars the rock
I purchased the movie for my boyfriend becouse he really wanted it and he can't find it. He gave it four stars becouse he really loves its.
Published 1 month ago by laura naples
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Movie
Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery were awesome! The story was interesting and suspenseful too! Lots of action and very exciting movie!
Published 1 month ago by breno
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie.
Good Movie. The storyline is great as in the acting. Connery is such a gifted actor. I recommend this movie for any Connery fan.
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Fickle
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rock Review
I really like this movie, Sean Connery was just awesome so is Nickaless Cage it's a great action movie my kid like it too
Published 1 month ago by Penny hale
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remembered. Maybe better!
It's been a long time since I watched this movie. I still have the VHS and I've watched it on TV a couple times. I just love this movie and it remains one of my favorites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shadow
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