13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 1999
As you probably know, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' is a great movie. Unfortunately, the DVD version offers ZERO extras. No cut scenes. No feature commentary. No 'making of' featurette. And NO trailer (the back cover clearly states that the trailer is on the disc)! Isn't there some kind of law against such blatant false advertising? The picture and sound quality are good, but owners of DVD players deserve more than just a bare-bones copy of the movie, especially when it's a cinematic/special effects achievement of this caliber.
51 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2000
As other reviewers have noted, this is a ground-breaking, hilarious, one-of-a-kind movie. It deserves to be in everyone's DVD collection, even if your collection consists of but two DVDs. It deserves five, even six, stars, but...
I urge you to wait for another DVD version, for two reasons: first, if ever a film deserved extras, it's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, but we get none on this over-priced DVD. Second, the movie is trimmed by a scant few seconds (on grounds of poor taste in the offending scenes), but the critical thing is -- It IS censored. Strike a small blow for the ability to decide for yourself, and avoid this DVD. Wait -- it'll show up in an unadulterated version at some point in the near future.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 1999
This DVD is a very weak release of a terrific movie. There are no bonus features -- including scenes once broadcast on network television -- and Disney went back and changed some of the animation to sanitize it. Here's a big thumbs down and I hope they re-release it with the original animation and with enough features to make the DVD worth the price.
44 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2000
I have not seen this film on DVD, as nearly every review I have read has advised otherwise, but I can say that to release a featureless disc of one of the most technically significant films of all time is nothing short of travesty. I'm ignoring the fact that Disney actually removed footage from this film, and we're not talking about the infamous laserdisc edition. Is it possible for Criterion to get their hands on this? They did do the super edition of "Armageddon", now let's see them work on a film that actually deserves it. I don't care if it costs $60, issue a two-disc set with commentaries (by Zemeckis and Richard Williams, the great animation director who was completely screwed over on his labor of love, "The Thief and the Cobbler), an extensive documentary, every piece of promotional material, an anamorphic transfer, a guide to all the cartoon characters who appear, and, while we're at it, how about those three "Maroon Cartoons" (Tummy Trouble, Rollercoaster Rabbit, and Trail Mix-up) that were until recently available on video and laserdisc before the Mouse house decided to pull them off the market. All right, I've ranted long enough. The point is, put out an edition of this film that truly does justice to the film itself and people will spend the necessary currency to obtain it. May the dream of an ultimate "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" DVD one day become a reality!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2004
When Roger Rabbitt came out, I was probably too young to ever know what it was. I am sure I saw it many times as a kid, but never saw it as the genius piece of filmmaking that it is. This movie is brilliant in every way, and with the release of the Vista Series DVD I have been reacquainted with it. I am 20 years old now and this is one of my top 5 favorite movies. That is the great thing about this movie, that all ages can enjoy something that this has to offer whether it be the animation sequences or just the fun storyline. I love both.
Here is the story. Someone has killed Marvin Acme, owner of ToonTown and Roger takes the heat for it. Of course he was framed but by who and why? Roger seeks the help of Eddie Valiant, a once prominant detective that fell into hard times after his brother was killed by a toon. Thus was his reluctance to help Roger since he was a toon. But he does help Roger, and he must get to the bottom of the mystery before Judge Doom finds and kills Roger by "dipping him". Eddie feels sorry for the rabbit so he investigates before it is too late, and along the way he discovers more and more about why Acme was killed and that ToonTown itself is in danger. Oh yeah, and Roger was the perfect one to frame because his wife Jessica Rabbit had been seen meeting with Acme before he died. So most people probably know the plot already, but if not it is highly original and entertaining.
This masterpiece couldn't get any better treatment than this, a fully loaded 2 disc set sporting both a family-friendly version on disc 1 and enthusiast version on disc 2. There are so many extras that it will take you a long time to see everything. I admittedly have just begun to see the treasures contained within. But it is obvious that the utmost care was taken to give this the fair dvd treatment it deserved--mission accomplished. This is probably my third favorite movie of all-time, and is without a doubt the best mix of live action and animation. So many great characters appear in this movie such as Bugs and Daffy in the scene where Eddie is falling and they hand him an anvil instead of a 'chute. It is sheer movie magic, and something I could watch all the time and never get tired of seeing it. Director Zimeckis has done a remarkable job with this film, and we also great great performances from Bob Hoskins (Eddie Valiant), Christopher Lloyd (Judge doom) and pretty much everyone else appearing in the film with the addition of the voices of Roger and Jessica who were terrific. To me this is a perfect movie so if you havent seen it before rent it, and if you like it then buy it. If you are a fan then you must own this dvd. It is truly a great thing and this dvd set presents it in all of its glory, the way it should be done.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More than 15 years after its initial theatrical release, in this era when computer-generated animation and CG special FX are the mandatory norm, 1988's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT still stands firm as a groundbreaking, awe-inspiring, and wonderfully entertaining cinematic tour de force. In technical terms, it is the first film to convincingly combine living actors and animated cartoon characters in the same frame and make it look convincing. Thematically, it is a spoof of the noir films of the 1940s and 1950s, a slapstick comedy, and a satire of pre-civil-rights racial relations all rolled into one, sometimes referred to as the first genuine "cartoon noir."
Based on the novel WHO CENSORED ROGER RABBIT? by Gary K. Wolf, the script by Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman appropriately replaces Wolf's comic-book and newspaper-strip cartoons with more cinematic animated cartoon characters, but it retains the novel's satiric sociological subtext. The film is set in an alternate-universe Hollywood of the 1940s where cartoon characters (colloquially referred to as "toons") live and breathe and interact with flesh-and-blood humans. The toons are the social minority, and as with the minorities of the real-world U.S.A. during the early 20th century, they are given employment only as menial service workers or as entertainers, and for housing they are relegated to a Harlem-like ghetto (known in the film as Toontown).
The story itself follows hard-boiled gumshoe Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) as he tries to uncover evidence that will exonerate zany toon Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer) of a murder rap. Roger became the #1 suspect in the recent murder of Marvin Acme after it was discovered that the famous and wealthy gag-prop mogul had been rendezvousing secretly with Roger's sexy wife, Jessica Rabbit (voiced by an uncredited Kathleen Turner), and playing patty-cake with her. Though Valiant once vowed never to work for a toon again after one murdered his brother, the cynical ol' sleuth turns out to be a bit sentimental and, feeling sorry for the funny bunny, takes Roger's case anyway. But as the gushy gumshoe snoops for clues, he learns that there is more to Acme's murder than just a ploy to frame Roger; he uncovers a conspiracy that could lead to the demise of Toontown and its inhabitants!
Alternately hilarious and suspenseful, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT is replete with the kinds of throwaway gags, inside jokes, and one-liners that audiences would expect to see in an old-time cartoon short, while at the same time it unfolds into an intelligent who-done-it mystery worthy of Bogart's Sam Spade. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT represents the apex of 20th century filmmaking, but it is also wholesome family entertainment that offers something for kiddos and adults alike. This one will still be enjoyed by audiences of all ages long after it becomes an icon in the history books.
As mentioned before, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT offers the most convincing mix of live-action performers and hand-drawn animation ever put to celluloid. While this is certainly due in part to the awesome skill and artistry with which the animators have inserted the cartoon characters, excellent performances from the "live" cast members--particularly Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd--also help to sell the illusion of realism. Instead of cartoonishly overacting, overREacting, or pushing their performances too far over the top, the actors adopt a natural, matter-of-fact posture towards the cartoons, and this makes the audience believe that the human characters interact with animated critters on a daily basis.
The two-disc "Vista Series" DVD set from Disney Home Video is the definitive home-theater edition of the wonderful film. Not only does it offer a pristine restored & remastered anamorphic widescreen transfer of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (by the way, there's also a pan-and-scan version), there are tons of interesting and fun bonus features. These include a really entertaining feature commentary with director Zemeckis, the screenwriters, and other crew members; a making-of featurette; three Roger Rabbit cartoon shorts that played in theaters before OTHER films (just like in the old days, folks); a deleted scene; and lots more!
The DVD collection of any serious film enthusiast will certainly contain a copy of this "cartoon noir" fantasy. This is a must-own DVD of a must-own film!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2007
Oh baby! That's what I'm talking about. Hilarious, original, and super cool! The 80's produced some classic gems during its time, and this one (IMO) tops them all!
I loved this film so much as a kid. Even as an adult, I still enjoy watching it. I believe it's great family entertainment--more so than the current lackluster offerings from Disney and digitally animated Pixel films. It contains a solid plot, excellent acting, smart script, fantastic visuals, and an abundance of your favorite LOONEY toons! There are cameo appearances from a colorful array of beloved cartoon characters (Bugs, Mickey, Betty Boop, Daffy, Donald, etc.).
Film includes an extraordinary cast of actors: Charles Fleischer (the voice over of Roger Rabbit, Benny the Cab, Greasy, and Psycho), Bob Hoskins (Detective Valiant), Christopher Lloyd (Judge Doom), Kathleen Turner (Jessica Rabbit), the legendary voice artists of Mel Blanc (aka "The Man of a Thousand Voices" who does Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, Porky, and Sylvester) and Mae Questel (who does Betty Boop!), just to name a few....
Do expect plenty of laughs and the wonderful added mystery and suspense! Although I do recommend this as a family film, I'd advise parents to watch out for the following: some cursing, a "dip-kill" of a toon, and most especially--the icky and frightful ending of Judge Doom! It's super scary (as a kid I would always hide under a pillow during that part) and not for the very young to see.
Yet don't miss it. It's a landmark film--a classic in every sense--rekindling the Golden Age of American animation.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2002
The content of the 1988 film is not at question here. Its blend of live action and animation in unprecedented to this day. (Space Jam? P-P-P-Please!) While the plot itself is choppy and cliche, the acting and animation direction (by animation great Richard Willaims) makes it a great film.
The DVD has much to be desired with no film notes, director's commentary, nor trailers. I was especially hoping to see the deleted scene in which Eddie Valiant breaks into Jessica's dressing room only to get knocked out by the bouncer and has an early dreadful encounter with Toontown that has only been shown once on a CBS airing of the film. Animation has been edited and redone in several places. Disney really needs to realize that they truly have a film gem here and stop placing it in the back burners of their achievements. Its truly more innovative than anything they've done in recent years before they fell into formula and saccharine characterization.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I ordered this movie on March 15th, and it arrived today. The first thing I did was test the DVD (since there were reported problems with it) and it seems everything has been fixed. The DVD has the proper aspect ratio, so if you ordered yours on or after the 15th, no need to worry.
As for the Blu-ray Disc, the quality is great. Good audio and video. It's still edited, but that will never change.(If you want to see Jessica Rabbits crotch, get the VHS.) This is the second of the three California scandal movies to get the Blu-ray treatment; the first was Chinatown some months ago. Now if only The Two Jakes would be ported to Blu-ray... Who Framed Roger Rabbit deals with the highway scandal, for those that don't know.
The Blu-ray Disc includes several extras, such as deleted scenes, audio commentary, three shorts, making of, and more.
As for advertisements, the DB has them but the DVD doesn't. When I loaded the DVD for testing, it went directly to the movie (after an annoying "interactive" menu sequence). So if you hate ads, and you don't mind the lower quality, the DVD might be good for you.
This is a great BD copy of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and better than previous DVD copies. Even the DVD that comes in this set is better than the previous ones.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2006
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is quite simply a most magical filmmaking experience. It's a film that is truly brilliant in every way imaginable. From its plot, a brilliant homage to the great film noir thrillers of the 1940s', to the fantastic visuals, still impressive even today, to its smart, funny, fast paced script, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" is a truly timeless piece of cinema.
Taking place in 1947, Detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) is a hard boiled Hollywood private eye haunted by his past. He has gone from a well respected cop, to a brutal, booze swilling drunk. When Marvin Acme, owner of Acme Gag Factory and head of Toontown, is murdered, the prime suspect is Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer), Toontown's most famous star. Desparate to prove his innocence, Roger enlists Valiant for help, and manages to drive Valiant nuts. This doesn't sit well with the power hungry Judge Doom (a frighteningly brilliant Christopher Lloyd), who is intent on bringing Roger to justice. As Roger's innocence becomes more apparent, so does Doom's plot to destroy Toontown and turn it into a freeway (an homage to "Chinatown"). It is up to Valiant and Roger to save Toontown from total chaos. Not that these two are working alone: Valiant's on again, off again gal Dolores (Joanna Cassidy) helps out, and then of course their's Roger's mindbustingly sexy wife, Jessica (voiced like no other by Kathleen Turner, who imbues the character with such a vibrant amount of sex appeal that once can't help but fall in love with her, despite the fact that she's a cartoon).
As I said, this is an absolutely brilliant piece of cinema, and it now looks even better on this special edition dvd, which is loaded with two discs worth of bonus features as well as superb picture and sound remastering job. This is a truly amazing movie that belongs in anyone's collection.