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

  • SKU: 7864028
  • Release Date: 08/29/2006
  • Rating: PG
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).
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (26 out of 26)

Special Features


  • "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

Synopsis


Romancing the Stone
Kathleen Turner plays a writer of adventure stories, Joan Wilder, who has been having trouble selling her works of late because they aren't remotely believable. The basic problem is that the mousy Joan has never had any real adventure in her life. All this changes when she receives a frantic phone call from her sister, whose is being held prisoner by evil art dealers in Colombia. It seems that sis has mailed Joan a map leading to a valuable treasure. Nasty but cowardly Ralph (Danny DeVito), cousin of the principal villain (Zack Norman), has been assigned to claim the map from Joan. But upon arriving in Colombia, Joan and Ralph learn that others of a more homicidal bent are also after the map. Joan is rescued by soldier of fortune Jack Colton (Michael Douglas), who isn't quite clear about his stake in the proceedings. Jack and Joan undergo several perilous adventures in the wilds of Colombia. The treasure turns out to be a valuable jewel, which changes hands (one of them severed!) many times before it is swallowed by an alligator. Joan manages to break free from her pursuers, but Jack is presumed dead. Jack returns at the end of the film in Manhattan to surprise Joan. The sequel to Romancing the Stone was 1985's The Jewel of the Nile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Douglas
    Michael Douglas - Jack Colton
  • Kathleen Turner
    Kathleen Turner - Joan Wilder
  • Danny DeVito
    Danny DeVito - Ralph
  • Zack Norman
    Zack Norman - Ira
  • Alfonso Arau
    Alfonso Arau - Juan



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    romantic adventure

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    prlwctd

    Romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) finds herself in a plot straight from her novels when she's forced to go to Columbia to deliver a treasure map she just got in the mail to men who have kidnapped her sister. Upon arriving, she finds herself being pursued by a merciless killer (Manuel Ojeda) who also wants the map. Her luck begins to change though when she encounters a drifter (Michael Douglas) who agrees to help her. The wonderful chemistry between the two leads & the scene-stealing Danny DeVito (as one of the kidnappers) are just two of the many great points of this funny & romantic adventure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Action/Comedy Caper!

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    moviereviewer1949
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    The Blu-ray provided excellent picture and sound quality. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner became household names after starring in this movie. Danny DeVito also gives a great performance as a supporting actor in this screen classic. There is a great romance between Douglas and Turner and the stone is a huge Emerald that everyone wants. This is one of my favorite romance/action/comedy movies and my wife loved it. If you haven't seen it, buy it and watch it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Modern classic

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    MoviMaven
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    This film is one of my all time favs! I have had it on vhs, dvd, and now bluray! The sequel, Jewel of the Nile, is also great entertainment! The movie, War of the Roses, also starring the terrific trio, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, is a cult classic alike! Enjoy!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    classic

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    mike
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    pair this with jewel of the nile and you have 2 very good movies. I def would recommend this, good cast and well written, they dont make movies like this anymore!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Blu-ray

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    filmo70
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    If you are a fan of Romancing the Stone (like me) then you can't go wrong with this blu-ray release. The picture quality is good for a 31 year old movie. The price is right and it has a good amount of extras for a "bargain bin" title.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Romancing the Stone

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    Apollo
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    An adventure full of laughs and both actors would have been a great couple until the other movie that I can't seem to remember where both where through a bad marriage. In conclusion great team.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Points for being entertaining

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    arinmn
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    Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito make a great combo in this cracking jungle-set treasure hunt, adventure movie. A grand example unusual chemistry which is not overt but still fun.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Action and Romance Picture

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    MovieFan
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    Great interaction between Douglas and Turner. The story moved along well and kept my interest. Danny DeVito was great. The movie was good that I was glad there was a sequel.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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