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Disney has given us a very nice looking Blu-ray debut for "The Rocketeer. Although the image is occasionally a bit soft the overall detail, depth and colors are far superior to every previous edition of the movie. The film looks exceptionally good for a film that is 20 years old.
We get a nice 5.1 lossless mix--it won't blow you away the way that, say, "Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon" audio might, but it's immersive and sounds extremely good with crisp, clear dialogue.
Special Features: Someone missed the boat at the Mouse house here--we get the theatrial trailer and really nothing else of worth. That's just wrong since there's A LOT of material out there on the making of teh film.
4 stars for the transfer which looks extremely good and 1/s star for the "special Feature".
Cliff Secord (Bill Campbell) and "Peevy" (Alan Arkin) have put together a cutting edge stunt plane. During a test flight the plane is destroyed in an accident involving the FBI and the Mob. It seems the Mob has stolen a revolutionary rocket packet designed by Howard Hughes (the great Terry O'Quinn)which the U.S. wants to use for military purposes. Unfortunately, so do the Nazi's who hired Mob kingpin Eddie Valentine (Paul Sorvino) to steal it.Read more ›
Yet "The Rocketeer" has never been the unqualified success it deserves to be, having had the misfortune of opening against a little indie film you may have heard of called "Terminator 2." It was unceremoniously dumped on VHS and then the aforementioned DVD -- a barebones disc with a non-anamorphic, smeary mess of a transfer that, on today's HD televisions, is damn near unwatchable.
Enter this "20th Anniversary Edition" Blu-ray. Video is pretty good for a film of its budget, production methods, and vintage; not reference quality, but certainly a vast, VAST improvement on the wretched DVD. Audio is slightly disappointing with a distinct lack of LFE in the sound effects, but James Horner's score sounds wonderful.
Most disappointing is the almost complete lack of bonus material. The menu is stylish and the disc even uses BD-Java, but the only available extra outside the film is a standard-definition trailer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story... Kind of unique as I can't think of another modern "Rocket Pack" hero on the silver screen. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by HowardG
Received as advertised and in the time stated . . grandkids love it !!Published 2 days ago by Steve Bratten
Very good movie. The acting is decent, the script is interesting and the period piece is well designed. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Paula Fontes
Awesome movie! My kids love it, I think it's hilarious, definitely gonna be a regular in my house :)Published 10 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
I love this movie! It's exciting, well made, well acted, and loads of fun. Jennifer Connelly is gorgeous. Timothy Dalton is fantastic. The stunts are thrilling. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Novel Teen
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Wheres the DVD?
There has never been an anamorphic DVD in the USA with its own dedicated transfer. Its a ported laserdisc master.
Oct 2, 2011 by M. Gaudet | See all 3 posts
Wait... the director of the Rocketeer is making Captain America?! HOLY CRAP. Now I'm really excited. This movie could be rebranded as Captain America, so I know he's got the right idea.
Feb 8, 2011 by TheNilvarg | See all 2 posts
I've never seen any deleted scenes from the film, aside from the snippets that appear in the trailer or various photos. The best we can hope for is that a future Special Edition DVD will include them as bonus features. The film was recently given a special one-night screening by the D23 fan club... Read More
Jul 14, 2011 by Michael24 | See all 3 posts