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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: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (695 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059TPN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,288 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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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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Michael Bay's early entry in his career still proves to be his best. The Rock is an absolute, ridiculous blast from start to finish, with great turns by Nic Cage, Sean Connery and a whole bunch of familiar faces rounding the film out. It's a movie that is utterly ridiculous and knows it, which makes it all the more entertaining. Still, the film has plenty about it to admire. The action set pieces are top notch and the story itself is engrossing, with Connery playing an ex-SAS agent who is also one of the only people to have ever escaped from Alcatraz. He is recruited to help Nic Cage's character and a SEAL team break into Alcatraz to stop Ed Harris, playing a disillusioned general who has taken over the island as his home base, and prevent the launch of several missiles worth of VX gas into San Fran.

The video on this Blu Ray is good but not great. I noticed some breakup in certain night time scenes and slight areas of bad digitization. Certain scenes look awesome but this isn't one of the better transfers I've seen. It's not bad but it's simply not pristine.

The audio is where this disc really shines though. The bass on this lossless 5.1 mix is ridiculous and the track in general feels busy and alive throughout the entire film. It's mixed really loud, so prepare to piss your neighbors and sleeping family members off if you're playing this somewhat late at night. If you want a demo disc for audio purposes, The Rock is an easy candidate.

Extras are just about the same as the Criterion DVD, with plenty of interesting features carried over. Some of it is fluff but the bit with the real life Seal team members debunking movie myths was interesting.

I totally recommend this Blu Ray with the only caveat being that the picture isn't what I was hoping for. This is still one of the best action films of the last twenty years and a fun ride that still holds up as Bay's best film to date.
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Format: Blu-ray
This transfer of 'The Rock' on to Blu Ray shows what a company can do if they put their minds to it. Too many older films like this one are simply reformatted to fit Blu Ray rather than worked on to either remaster or just improve the transfer. While I don't provide plot summaries or my opinions on acting, just a review of the transfer, the Rock has a loaded cast full of well known actors like Ed Harris, Nick Cage(when he was still doing quality movies, Sean Connery, Michael Biegn, and a host of those well known character actors whose names you often can't recall.

The video transfer to Blu Ray is really very good. Early in the movie the colors appear a touch soft and desaturated, however, my thinking is that this is deliberate as the skies are cloudy and the island dismal and dreary, thus the colors fit the environment. In the city scenes you have a much greater brightness for the colors to shine through and, in some scenes, pop. I could detect no artifacting, aliasing or banding anywhere within the Blu Ray transfer tho there might be the slightest hint of grain on the rear office walls within the penitentiary. You really have to look closely for it tho so I wouldn't pay any mind to it. Even in the dark scenes there is a great deal of depth and detail.

The PCM uncompressed 3/2.1 audio is the star of the film's transfer with excellent use of the discreet channels for panning and movement. In the bathroom scene, when Ed Harris first calls for his solders to stop firing the dialogue comes from behind you. Other than foley fx, it is not often that you hear dialogue coming from the rears even on some of the best transfers. I had to play the scene again to make sure I was hearing it correctly it so surprised me.
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