Who Framed Roger Rabbit
25th Anniversary Edition
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On Blu-ray for the first time ever, this digitally remastered edition of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT practically jumps off the screen with its brilliant picture, rich sound -- and dangerous curves. It's 1947 Hollywood and Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a down-on-his-luck detective, is hired to find proof that Marvin Acme, gag factory mogul and owner of Toontown, is playing hanky-panky with femme fatale Jessica Rabbit, wife of Maroon Cartoon superstar, Roger Rabbit. When Acme is found murdered, all fingers point to Roger, who begs the Toon-hating Valiant to find the real evildoer. Complete with hours of bonus features -- including three digitally restored Roger Rabbit Shorts, this multi-Oscar(R) winner (Best Film Editing, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Visual Effects, Special Achievement In Animation Direction, 1988) is pure magic in Hi-Def Blu-ray.
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The story is basic: a private eye is hired by Maroon Studios to follow their star attractions wife and see if she's "playing pattycake" with anyone. When the studio's partner is discovered to be the other player and is subsequently murdered and the star, one Mr. Rabbit, is accused of the crime, the way is open for the wildest investigation in animation history.
With a twist at the end as far as the villain goes,this is a movie for everyone...the kids will like it for the cartoon characters, the adults for the sheer absurdity that somehow manages to still make sense.
It's a delightful, wacky entertainment which, because of all the animated elements, should be viewed more than once...for the story, for the puns and gags, and for the characters themselves. Difficult to believe it was filmed 20 years ago because it still holds up today.
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an exceptional fusion of live action and animation that helped break the mold. The continuity of the scenes are so fluid that you can't distinguish the seperation of the live from the animated. There are no computer graphics whatsoever and all the animation is hand drawn which is pretty incredible.
If you're one of the viewers, like myself, who opted to avoid the first release of this movie on DVD for something better, then you know that the Vista Series release is something special and a wonderful 2 disc set at a great price.
Split between one disc for children and families and one disc for special feature enthusiasts, there is enough material here to keep everyone pleased for hours. The demonstrations of the melding technique of live action and animation is especially interesting.
The movie itself is vibrantly colorful and crystal clear. DTS surround sound is superb and compliments the whole experience. Filled with great humor from start to finish and a huge cast of cartoon characters from all genre's past and present, this movie is a top-notch crowd pleaser all around. This is a great addition to any DVD collection and comes highly recommended to all.