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Who Framed Roger Rabbit [25th Anniversary Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD/Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 20977128
  • Release Date: 03/12/2013
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (148 out of 149)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1 - Who Made Roger Rabbit - Mini-documentary hosted by Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit
    • Audio Commentary - With filmmakers Robert Zemeckis, Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Price, Peter Seaman, Steve Starkey and Ken Ralston
    • "Toontown Confidential" - Viewing option with intriguing and hilarious facts and trivia
    • Deleted Scene - "The Pig Head Sequence" with filmmaker Commentary
    • "Before and After" - Split-screen comparison with and without animation
    • "Behind the Ears: The True Story Of Roger Rabbit" - An exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes documentary
    • "Toon Stand-Ins" Featurette - Rehearsing with stand-ins for the Toons
    • On Set! Benny The Cab - The Making of a scene from the film

    Synopsis


    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    In Robert Zemeckis's trailblazing combination of animation and live-action, Hollywood's 1940s cartoon stars are a subjugated minority, living in the ghettolike "Toontown" where their movements are sharply monitored by the human power establishment. The Toons are permitted to perform in a Cotton Club-style nightspot but are forbidden to patronize the joint. One of Toontown's leading citizens, whacked-out Roger Rabbit, is framed for the murder of human nightclub owner Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye). Private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), whose prejudice against Toons stems from the time that his brother was killed by a falling cartoon piano, reluctantly agrees to clear Roger of the accusation. Most of the sociopolitical undertones of the original novel were weeded out out of the 1988 film version, with emphasis shifted to its basic "evil land developer" plotline --and, more enjoyably, to a stream of eye-popping special effects. With the combined facilities of animator Richard Williams, Disney, Warner Bros., Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, and George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, the film allows us to believe (at least for 90 minutes) that "toons" exist, and that they are capable of interacting with 3-dimensional human beings. Virtually every major cartoon character of the late 1940s shows up, with the exceptions of Felix the Cat and Popeye the Sailor, whose licensees couldn't come to terms with the producers. Of the film's newly minted Toons, the most memorable is Roger Rabbit's curvaceous bride Jessica (voiced, uncredited, by Kathleen Turner). The human element is well-represented by Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, and Joanna Cassidy; also watch for action-film producer Joel Silver as Roger Rabbit's Tex Avery-style director. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Bob Hoskins
      Bob Hoskins - Eddie Valiant
    • Christopher Lloyd
      Christopher Lloyd - Judge Doom
    • Joanna Cassidy
      Joanna Cassidy - Dolores
    • Charles Fleischer
      Charles Fleischer - Greasy, Roger Rabbit



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 149 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      As close to perfect as a film can get.

      Posted
      BasilioBoy777
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      I recently took a look at one of my all-time favorite films, recently released on Blu-ray, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I must say that it is held up extremely well after nearly a quarter of a century, and remains, in my opinion, one of the best films ever made. The plot is a classic whodunit made in the style of 1940s noir, like The Maltese Falcon, a style that it captures quite well. The plot does keep you guessing (assuming you’ve never seen it before), with clues and red herrings aplenty. The protagonist Eddie Valiant, played by Bob Hoskins in a superb performance, has the perfect accent and outlook to pull off the closed off hard-boiled detective type. Christopher Lloyd as the villain Judge Doom is another perfect casting, as a threatening and formidable threat to the safety of Toontown. What propels this film to its legendary status is the unbelievable and unparalleled cinematography. The audience’s suspension of disbelief is complete and all encompassing, as you truly do believe that these cartoon characters are interacting with the real world. The shadows match, the perspective matches, essentially everything about these cartoons is made to look real part from the celluloid. Roger Rabbit and the fellow citizens of Toontown, who range from all of the different animation houses of the era from Disney to Warner Bros. and beyond, are believable in their presence and personalities, which all stay true to the original incarnations. The effects are so great that the cartoons can even interact with real-world objects, and the objects move believably. Helped by all of this are the actors’ performances, who all behave as those cartoons are really in the room. Behind the scenes, the voice actors really were in the room, lending to the realism of the dialogue. All in all, this film is as close to perfect, I believe, as a film can get. The extras for the Blu-ray release a great too. It includes all of the documentaries from earlier DVD releases, so nothing is lost in the upgrade. Also included are the original Roger rabbit shorts that appeared in front of Disney films in the early 1990s, which are all great and stay true to the tone of the film. This really is a great film and a great release, worth every penny of the purchase price. I give it my highest recommendation for any film lover, animation lover, or just anybody who likes cartoons from when they were a kid.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Film; solid Blu-ray

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      SirJonah
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      Who Framed Roger Rabbit looks about as good as it's ever going to -- which is still pretty great considering the traditional techniques that were used. This movie was made near the end of the optical printing era of visual effects and I believe holds the record for the greatest number of VFX shots before digital scanning and compositing became the norm, even eclipsing Return of the Jedi five years before. Fortunately, the filmmakers shot most of the visual effects plates with 8-perf VistaVision cameras, giving them a large format film negative to work with (optical printing is an analog process that degrades the picture quality with every step in the chain). The DTS-HD Master Audio is great too, I'm assuming derived from the original 70mm 6-Track audio stems. Got this for $12 before tax during release week and don't regret it for a second. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Animation Meets Live Action

      Posted
      DVD78

      I always loved this film growing up but it wasn't later on that I realized Who Framed Roger Rabbit is really a great film noir! I love watching this one back to back with L.A. Confidential and Chinatown. Sure those films aren't for the kids, but for the adults they can make perfect double and triple features! Image is about on par with how the film should look. No It isn't Pixar and the effects and film processes used to mix live action and animation aren't pristine, the film at least keeps it's natural look in my opinion. Audio is mostly front heavy which is typical, and Alan Silvestri's score is used well on the surround sound speakers. The Blu Ray set doesn't feature many new extras but you do get the Roger Rabbit shorts in 1080P HD and standard DD 5.1 Sound.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An excellent upgrade to bluray

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      CoastalFilm
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      Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the classic mix of live action and animation, was a trend-setter when first released, and it still holds up 25 years later (am I really that old . . . ?) A clever mix of circa 1940's detective flick and wacky cartoon characters, the movie should be no surprise to most of us. What IS a surprise is how wonderful it looks on bluray. It just goes to show that a carefully crafted, big-budget production from the 80's can still look new and fresh with today's technology. The special features are virtually identical to the previous special edition dvd, so if you already own it, you won't lose anything by trading up. That having been said, there isn't any new material here either. Still, a highly recommended release to add to you catalogue.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Live action animation great for the time.

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      redhound
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      Though live action and animation have been combined before, i.e. Marry Poppins, this movie is an advancement. True that is true of each succeeding combo movie, this for the time showed a high creative level with the actors doing an excellent playing off sticks, puppets and costumed actors. The movie also showed in a humorous way the problems of bigotry and prejudice in a more suttle than in your face manner. This makes the subject manner easier to watch. The movie is enjoyable to watch and, I feel aged very well for the 25 years it has been out. I recommend this for adults and children even with Jessica Rabbit's artwork.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This wacky classic is a feast on blu-ray

      Posted
      Travman

      At 25 years old, there is still nothing out there quite like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". Robert Zemeckis created a one-of-a-kind experience by shooting the entire film in live action (With live Action Stunts and props) and blended Richard Williams' animation onto the film ("Space Jam" did this as well, but without the same level of detail, class, and charm). The Picture looks great considering the blend of effects, and the audio is just as good. The special features are a little lacking, but the overall package is well worth the price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still love this film!!

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      CKCSWHFFAN
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      I had been waiting for this to be released again, it had not been since 2003 since released last time on DVD for the 15th anniversary. I still love the film. Great characters, memorable lines and scenes I can replay. "Oh Honey Bunny". "Oh Love Cup". The singing sword. Donald & Daffy. Now, there are a bunch of extras BUT NO NEW EXTRAS. Disappointing. 25th anniversary release & NOTHING NEW. Cheap discs with NO art work on them.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      one of the best family comedy's

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      pinkfloyd74
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      all i can say is who framed roger rabbit is one of the best family movies that disney has made i just wish they did a fallow up to it bc it would cool to see where they can take it to so if you have not seen it check it out and if you have it is well worth an up grade to blu-ray from dvd bc i own the dvd back in the day and the blu-ray is alot better in sound and it looks great on blu-ray so well worth the price

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