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The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] (1991)

Billy Campbell , Jennifer Connelly , Joe Johnston  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino
  • Directors: Joe Johnston
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005JZBP4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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The pilots' hangout in the film, the Bulldog Cafe, is based on an actual 1920's Los Angeles restaurant.

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review updated 20th Anniversary Blu-ray December 31, 2005
Format:DVD
Based on Dave Stevens' graphic novel (which was inspired by "King of the Rocketmen" a movie serial from the 40's), this retro fantasy is a blast (pardon the pun). Unfortunately, the DVD transfer is not so hot. Director Joe Johnston ("October Sky", "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" and "Jurassic Park III")does a nice job with this feature film recreating the look of Hollywood in 1938.

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

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.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Ride! August 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The Rocketeer is one of the most enjoyable action-adventure movies ever made. Everything about this film is wonderful. Director Joe Johnson perfectly captures the look and feel of Hollywood (or what Hollywood should look and feel like) during the 1930s. Great casting with Bill Campbell right on target at Cliff Secord, Jennifer Connelly as his best girl, Jenny Blake, Alan Arkin as Cliff's mentor and mechanic/inventor friend, and Timothy Dalton as the evil Nazi spy-movie star Neville Sinclair. Like Raiders of the Lost Ark, it is a homage to the film serials of the period, but with a lot more spit and polish. The special effects are great, the set decoration, costumes, makeup, all evoke the time and place perfectly. A wonderful script adapted from the graphic novel of the same name sets this movie apart from others in this genre. The dialogue is funny, fast and at sometimes furious. Campbell plays the All-American boy with a real gee whiz, almost Jimmy Stewart kind of charm. The plot about a secret plan by the Nazis to build rocket packs for an army of "Rocketeers" to take over the world is added and abetted by Dalton as the Errol Flynn-like movie star. When a prototype rocket pack accidentally ends up in the hands of Campbell and Arkin, the action, and their troubles, really start. This film is filled with dozens of wonderful characterizations. Some of the best are Paul Sorvino as gangster Eddie Valentine, Terry O'Quinn as Howard Hughes, and Tiny Ron as Lothar. The musical score by James Horner is outstanding. It's heroic, quiet and inspiring. Why this film didn't turn out to be the big blockbuster it should have been is beyond me. I love Raiders of the Lost Ark, but this film matches it in almost every category. One of my favorite modern films, I never tire of watching it. Perfect entertainment and perfect for all ages. The Rocketeer is a real winner.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible transfer February 26, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie is clearly a five star film. It's exciting, fun, adventurous and great for kids, but also for adults! The photography is great, sets and costumes are authentic, and the acting is first rate. HOWEVER, this has got to be the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. It looks to me like they took a widescreen 72 mm print and projected it on a screen, then rephotographed it on 35 mm... no kidding. Nearly every letterbox film I have goes from one side of my flat panel monitor to the other. This one is well within all 4 sides of my monitor... and the color is milky and faded and there is a grainy character to the picture. The sound is clearly stereophonic and wonderful... so why Disney can put out an amateur transfer like this is beyond me. Having said that, the film is not expensive and I still recommend it.... but Disney needs to re-release a clear transfer of this wonderful film. I will be worried about the quality of future Disney and Miramax films on DVD if this is how they are going to be released.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Soars To The Rescue January 1, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Somehow as a kid I missed watching this film, but I amended this oversight during college by acquiring the standard DVD edition of the film. "The Rocketeer" blew me away, not due to intensity of action or spectacle, but instead by a quality increasingly rare in our blockbusters... its heart. The film undeniably wears its earnestness on its sleeve, but the result is far from cheesy, manifesting into an atmosphere of excitement and wonder that hearkens back to Hollywood's Golden Age and the old 1930s serials. Aside from the better Indiana Jones films, "Rocketeer" is probably the best homage you can find to that style of storytelling. Not that the film is perfect -- far from it -- but "Rocketeer" uncannily manages to turn many of its flaws in its favor. They add to the charm, as does James Horner's rousing score, which ranks easily among his very best.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Steve Allen's review of the Rocketeer
This old Disney is one of my favorites. The kids enjoyed it and got a good giggle out of it.
Published 6 days ago by Steven K Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a great movie, it really is... anyone would love it and I seriously think it was under appreciated in Hollywood, but then again, what'a they know - LOL
Published 8 days ago by DC - MN
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Fun
Lots of action, good acting and a fun plot -- and it is very clean. Some of the action involves killing bad guys, so sensitive kids may not like some parts. Read more
Published 12 days ago by John Dascanio
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic of a classic...
Great film. Well told story. If you're familiar with the serials that this film is paying homage to you'll enjoy it very much. If you don't, you still might.
Published 23 days ago by Adam C Kuykendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This moving is a great escapist flick. It has everything, the good, the bad and the ugly. Buy it. You won't regret it.
Published 24 days ago by Northern Exposure Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story how even crooks are patriotic!
Has a little history in the story even if it is fictional and has a good story line with believable characters.
Published 26 days ago by Dennis R Barndt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for kids and adults
Cute Disney flick, was fun for all ages. Clever references to historically significant people / events. Would definitely watch again.
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgot how much I liked this movie!
I watched this when it first came out and thought my daughter would enjoy seeing it. She loved it! DVD was in great shape. Purchased it "used."
Published 1 month ago by Houtzwife
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a great Disney classic that doesn't get the play and respect it should have. This could have been a bigger hit. He was iron man before there was an iron man. Read more
Published 1 month ago by R.W. Reagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Awesome movie and great movie. Grew up watching this movie and it was great to share it with my kids.
Published 1 month ago by Keng Xiong
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language and subtitles
If someone could tell if has Portuguese language or subtitles included too I´ll be grateful!!!!
Jan 5, 2014 by Aylton J. S. Dias |  See all 2 posts
Deleted Scenes?
The elements still exist in the archive, including the camera rolls not used in the cut negative. While aviation and graphic novel buffs enjoy the film, there is not enough interest in the title to justify using the people and facilities necessary to produce extras like the ones attached to a... Read more
Jan 5, 2012 by Moviela |  See all 3 posts
Extras?
Only the original trailer (in SD) is included.
Dec 10, 2011 by Galley |  See all 2 posts
Digital Copy?
I strongly doubt there is one. Disney is already giving this release a bare-bones approach, so it would make sense for them to follow suit with regard to omitting a digital copy.
Nov 28, 2011 by KACENAID |  See all 2 posts
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