Joe Versus the Volcano [DVD] [1990]

John Patrick Shanley's quirky comedy Joe Versus the Volcano comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo, while French and Spanish soundtracks have also been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a trailer, a making-of featurette, and a music video. Warner Bros. has done a solid job with this film, which was the first to pair Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
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  • Joe Versus the Volcano (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Japanese) 1990
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Special Features

  • All-new 2001 digital transfer
  • Soundtrack remastered and presented in both Dolby Digital 5.1 & Dolby Surround 2.0
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Eric Burdon "Sixteen Tons" music video
  • Interactive menus
  • Cast/film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Scene access
  • Languages: English, Français & Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português & Japanese


Joe Versus the Volcano
Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley's first foray into the director's chair is a quirky romantic fantasy, featuring Bo Welch's signature production design. Tom Hanks plays Joe Banks, a man who hates his job, thinks the overhead fluorescent lights are making him sick, and quakes at the presence of his boorish boss Frank Watori (Dan Hedaya). He is attracted to the office secretary DeDe (Meg Ryan) but is afraid to speak to her. Then his life changes when he visits Dr. Ellison (Robert Stack). Dr. Ellison tells Joe that he has something called "a brain cloud" that is rapidly spreading throughout his brain. He will feel great, but he'll be dead within five months. Instead of being depressed at this bleak prognosis, Joe suddenly feels free. He quits his job, asks DeDe out, and is contacted by a rich millionaire named Graynamore (Lloyd Bridges). Graynamore owns an island named Waponi Woo, whose natives need to be placated. The natives require a sacrifice to their island volcano, the Big Woo, so that the island won't sink beneath the Pacific. Graynamore offers unlimited wealth to Tom in exchange for Tom's becoming the object of human sacrifice. Joe has nothing to lose, so he accepts the offer. As he heads out to the island, Joe meets Graynamore's daughters -- Angelica, a Los Angeles socialite, and Patricia, Angelica's blonde half-sister (both roles played by Ryan). Joe arrives at the island, and as he stands at the lips of the Big Woo he has to decide whether he really wants to leap into the maw of the fiery volcano. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tom Hanks
    Tom Hanks - Joe Banks
  • Meg Ryan
    Meg Ryan - Angelica, DeDe, Patricia
  • Lloyd Bridges
    Lloyd Bridges - Samuel Harvey Graynamore

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