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Rocketeer [DVD] [1991]

  • SKU: 3687790
  • Release Date: 08/17/1999
  • Rating: PG
One of the best cinematic comic book adaptations, The Rocketeer was supposed to be the summer of 1991's big hit, but the vastly entertaining movie didn't find a big audience. Thankfully, this Walt Disney DVD release gives the fun, exceedingly good-natured movie a proper showcase, and the film has built up a large fan base over the years. Expertly directed by Joe Johnston and shot by Hiro Narita, the DVD looks great in this widescreen letterboxed format, which also shows off James D. Bissel's extravagantly retro production design. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio track sounds robust coming out of a stereo system or out of a television set. This edition doesn't come with any worthy DVD extras, but a future edition is sure to point out The Rocketeer's many in-jokes and homages to classic Hollywood films, old rumors, and actual history.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (85 out of 88)

    Special Features


    • Widescreen [2.35:1]
    • Dolby Surround
    • French language track
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Chapter search

    Synopsis


    The Rocketeer
    After getting his start as a visual effects artist on the original Star Wars trilogy, Spielberg protege Joe Johnston found success as a director with his debut film, the blockbuster family adventure Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. For his sophomore outing, Johnston helmed this action-adventurer, set in 1930s Hollywood and in the spirit of old pulp comics and adventure serials, and co-adapted from the David Stevens graphic novel by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo. Bill Campbell stars as Cliff Secord, an eager young pilot who finds himself in possession of a secret jet-pack that gives him the ability to fly. Cliff soon learns that screen-star Neville Sinclair (Timothy Dalton) will stop at nothing to get his hands on the rocket pack so he can give it to the Nazis. As The Rocketeer and with a little help from his mechanic friend played by Alan Arkin, it's up to Cliff to elude Sinclair, defeat the Nazis, and save his girlfriend Jenny (Jennifer Connelly). ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Bill Campbell
      Bill Campbell - Cliff Secord
    • Jennifer Connelly
      Jennifer Connelly - Jenny Blake
    • Alan Arkin
      Alan Arkin - Peevy
    • Timothy Dalton
      Timothy Dalton - Neville Sinclair
    • Paul Sorvino
      Paul Sorvino - Eddie Valentine



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 88 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's the "Anniversary Edition"... Honest

      Posted
      Emerson
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      The Rocketeer is a superb comic book movie. Adventure, romance, suspense, quality villainy, and excellent heroics: what more could you ask for? Well, since this is billed as the Anniversary Edition, you might expect some bonus features: maybe a commentary track and a making-of featurette... but all you get is the theatrical trailer and the feeling that Disney has an evil sense of humor. The movie remains fantastic, and the price is okay, but the Anniversary Edition label in this case is utterly worthless. There's no reason to think Disney will ever release a version of the film that includes the desired extras, but I remain hopeful. Four stars for the film, none for this particular edition.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie-where are extras Disney?

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
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      I have always liked this film. Was a disappointment when released June 1991 that it did NOT do well at the box office. I remember watching Bill Campbell on "Entertainment Tonight" at a movie theater after it only placed #3 at the box office opening weekend. Good adventure film. Holds up today. Fun, good special effects that hold up as well. Original story. NOW, let's go on Disney. This is titled a "20th Anniversary" blu ray package. OK, you would figure there would be some sort of extras on this, even for a film that disappointed at the box office. It was heavily promoted when released, they do not have any "Making of" programs or anything like that? They put extras on DVD’s & blu rays for ’straight to video” Disney releases that do NOT deserve them. But, NOTHING on this film. And, only the 1 disc because of this. CHEAP DISNEY, VERY CHEAP. Good film good picture, bottom of the barrel for Disney DVD/blu ray releases. Terrible, claiming a "20th anniversary" edition. Recommended ONLY for film NOT LACK OF PACKAGE.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Film, Lame DVD

      Posted
      kevman79

      'The Rocketeer' was considered a box office disappointment, which is really a shame, because it's a darn good movie. Unfortunately, we can obviously see that Disney is still treating the film as a disappointment because little effort, if any, went into this dvd. Instead of the high quality special editions we've received for many other Disney's films, 'the Rocketeer' gets what appears to be a laserdisc-ported-over-to-dvd transfer that is non-anamorphic and of poor quality. The sound is good but that is not enough to save this dvd as there are no extras whatsoever other than a theatrical trailer. This movie deserves much better treatment, regardless of what its box office receipts show.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Anyone remember Commando Cody?

      Posted
      BGum
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      This excellent movie is a nod to "Radar Men from the Moon" from the 1950s. Set in Hollywood in 1938, where two gangsters from the Eddie Valentine gang steal a rocket pack from millionaire Howard Hughes and hide it at an airfield. When the rocket pack is found by stunt pilot Cliff Secord and his mechanic, Peevy, the adventure begins. It's a movie for the entire family, with plenty of action, adventure, and espionage. In my opinion, it never achieved the recognition it deserved. Well worth a movie night for anyone!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Blu-ray.com review

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      bearstein
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      Don't let twenty years of rust scare you off. The Rocketeer may not be as thrilling as it once was, but it remains one of the best comicbook adaptations of the '90s and a high-flying suerphero adventure sure to rope in plenty of fans, new and old. Disney's Blu-ray release isn't too shabby either. A suite of look-back extras would have made the 20th Anniversary Edition absolutely irresistible, but the film's excellent video transfer and decent lossless audio track makes it worth purchasing regardless.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old Favorite

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      filmbuff
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      I read the graphic novel way back when and this is a great adaptation of it. Looks exactly as you would expect. It's aged rather well even considering the modern special fx we're used to these days. It's more plot and character driven anyway. And the always gorgeous Jennifer Connelly is stunning in this, when she was so much younger. Alan Arkin is good and Timothy Dalton has a go at being the villain. Good clean fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent purchase for the price.

      Posted
      Low251

      Great classic Hollywood action film created for today's movie viewers. It has action, romance, and totally takes you in. Very much like Indiana Jones with a rocket attached to his back. Great bad guy in Timothy Dalton and this movie makes the mafia into the good guys. A very young Jennifer Connelly looking very beautiful and ravishing, Locke for the TV show "Lost" as Howard Hughes, and Alan Arkin as the Rocketeer's sidekick. Great escape movie and unlike lots of movies today, can be enjoyed by the whole family.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun and now a classic!

      Posted
      OneOfour
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      I was in Santa Maria, CA when this movie was filmed. Some of the scenes were shot at the airport and the hangar used in the movie was saved and moved to the other side of the runway. It is now the part of the Santa Maria Air Museum. Lots of history and some movie props. Fun movie for all ages and the blu-ray quality is very good. Get this one for your collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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