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Romancing the Stone [Special Edition] [DVD] [1984]

Release Date:08/29/2006
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Fox offers up a more polished version a catalog favorite with this disc of Romancing the Stone. The new video transfer is an improvement over the original DVD of this title, offering a letterboxed transfer that has anamorphic enhancement (the previous disc did not) and a more vivid color scheme. The audio sticks to the original Dolby 2.0 stereo mix used on the prior disc; it lacks the dimensional effects a modern mix would offer but does an acceptable job. Also included is a selection of bonuses. First up is a series of eight deleted and extended scenes; most of them were removed from the first half of the film and are interesting if not essential. There is also a series of four featurettes on the film itself. "Rekindling The Romance" is the most substantial, chronicling the film's history from the standpoint of Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito (oddly, Robert Zemeckis is not involved in any of the bonus material). The other featurettes are all under four minutes in length, and these brief bits tell the viewer a little bit about the film's screenwriter, the actors' favorite scenes in the film, and Douglas sharing some memories of his work on the film as both actor and producer. The package is rounded out by an eight-page text booklet included in the text case. Unfortunately, there are no theatrical trailers included on the disc. In the end, some fans might be disappointed by the lack of a stereo remix or more substantial extras, but it's a solid package for a catalog title price. Those who love the film will most likely find it worth the upgrade (the improved transfer alone makes it worthwhile).


"Rekindling the Romance": A look back featurette

"A Hidden Treasure": The screenwriter featurette

Actors Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito choose their favorite scenes

"Michael Douglas Remembers": Featurette

Deleted scenes

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