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The Rock [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1996]

Release Date:03/13/2001
This two-disc, widescreen anamorphic DVD (1.35:1 theatrical aspect ratio) comes with only a few audio options -- English (DTS) and English (Dolby Digital 5.1) -- but plenty of bonus features on disk two (called "The Vault"), including: a video interview with the producer; an analysis of the special effects by Dream Quest Images; an amusing do's and don'ts of Hollywood gunplay; excerpts from a documentary called Secrets of Alcatraz; storyboards and design drawings; theatrical trailer and television spots; various outtakes carefully selected by the director; production stills; and a glossy booklet containing notes on the making of the film, a cast/crew section, and a chapter index. Picture quality is clean, and sound quality is nothing short of phenomenal across the entire audio range.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (122 out of 123)

    Special Features

    • Widescreen digital transfer, approved by director Michael Bay and enhanced for 16x9 televisions
    • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 Surround soundtracks
    • Audio commentary by Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actors Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, and technical advisor Harry Humphries
    • English subtitles
    • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
    • Video interview with Jerry Bruckheimer
    • Analysis of the dive sequence's special effects, by Hoyt Yeatman of Dream Quest images
    • Movie Magic episode on the film's special effects
    • Do's and don'ts of Hollywood gunplay, with Harry Humphries and Marshall Teague
    • Excerpts from "Secrets of Alcatraz," a documentary by Á la Carte Communications
    • Storyboards, production design drawings, and production stills
    • Theatrical trailer and TV spots
    • Outtakes selected by Michael Bay
    • "The Rock" world premiere on Alcatraz


    The Rock
    The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all trademarks of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage stars as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons expert handed a unique assignment. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), an insane Marine Corps general, has taken 81 tourists hostage on the abandoned island prison of Alcatraz. He and his men are threatening to bomb San Francisco with deadly gas unless $100 million is paid in war reparations to the families of servicemen killed in covert operations. Goodspeed is teamed with former British spy John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man ever to escape "The Rock," as well as a Navy SEAL team. When their military escorts are ambushed, it's up to odd couple Goodspeed and Mason to break into Alcatraz and stop Hummel. The Rock was the last film produced by Simpson, who died of a drug overdose before the film's release. Solo, his partner Bruckheimer continued making the sort of glossy, frenetic films for which the duo was famed. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Nicolas Cage
      Nicolas Cage - Stanley Goodspeed
    • Sean Connery
      Sean Connery - John Patrick Mason
    • Ed Harris
      Ed Harris - Gen. Francis X. Hummel
    • Michael Biehn
      Michael Biehn - Commander Anderson
    • William Forsythe
      William Forsythe - Eddie Paxton

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