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The Rocketeer (Bilingual)

Alan Arkin , Bill Campbell , Hiro Narita , Joe Johnston    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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Based on a retro-styled comic book hit of the '80s, this Disney film was meant to launch a whole line of Rocketeer films--but the series began and ended with this one. That's too bad, because this underrated Joe Johnston film has a certain loopy charm. The story centers on a pre-World War II stunt pilot (Bill Campbell) who accidentally comes into possession of a rocket-propelled backpack much coveted by the Nazis. With the aid of his mechanic pal (Alan Arkin), he gets it up and running, then uses it to foil a plot by a gang of vicious Nazi spies (is there any other kind?) led by Timothy Dalton. Jennifer Connelly is on hand as the love interest, but the real fun here is when the Rocketeer takes off. There's also a nifty battle atop an airborne blimp. --Marshall Fine

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The pilots' hangout in the film, the Bulldog Cafe, is based on an actual 1920's Los Angeles restaurant.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good film, Lousy DVD March 1 2010
Entertaining family film that had great special effects for the time and is begging to be remade for a new generation. Unfortunately Disney spent no time restoring it. The DVD looks like a poor VHS transfer and has no auto-sizing feature leaving it up to you to zoom in and find a good fit on your home theater.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Science Fiction Flick June 7 2004
The Rocketeer is an excellent science fiction film. It begins when a pilot played by the underrated actor Bill Campbell finds a rocket suit. Turns out that the suit was created by scientists working for Howard Hughes who is working with J. Edgar Hoover on a project to combat the Nazi threat. Timothy Dalton shines as the evil Nazi spy and Paul Sorvino plays a most convincing Mafia boss. The action is fast and furious and is never dull. The music and acting are great too.
My rating: 5 out of 5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Action Romance Jan. 5 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Why is it the best movies are never played on TV, It seems we always get the worst of Man Repeated as though it is good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible transfer Feb. 26 2004
This movie is clearly a five star film. It's exciting, fun, adventurous and great for kids, but also for adults! The photography is great, sets and costumes are authentic, and the acting is first rate. HOWEVER, this has got to be the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen. It looks to me like they took a widescreen 72 mm print and projected it on a screen, then rephotographed it on 35 mm... no kidding. Nearly every letterbox film I have goes from one side of my flat panel monitor to the other. This one is well within all 4 sides of my monitor... and the color is milky and faded and there is a grainy character to the picture. The sound is clearly stereophonic and wonderful... so why Disney can put out an amateur transfer like this is beyond me. Having said that, the film is not expensive and I still recommend it.... but Disney needs to re-release a clear transfer of this wonderful film. I will be worried about the quality of future Disney and Miramax films on DVD if this is how they are going to be released.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Up, Up and Away! Nov. 10 2003
Back in the 1930s the pulp magazine character Buck Rogers made the leap to the comic strips and carried his popular "rocket pack" with him. It wasn't used in the Universal Serial, nor in the later t.v. series of the 1980s, but the rocket pack was a fan favorite and got "lifted" by several other entrepreneurs for use in their own high adventure efforts.
Most notably, it was lifted by Republic Pictures for use in its 1949 serial "King of the Rocketmen". Proving popular there, it was recycled into a flying device for the character "Commando Cody" (not "Commander" Cody, as many people erroneously believe) in the chapterplay "Radar Men From the Moon",on then into "Zombies of the Stratosphere"(with young Leonard Nimoy as an alien baddie) and, lastly, into the tv series "Commando Cody" with Judd Holdren. The famous rocket back pack ,strapped to a hip-length leather jacket and complemented by the metallic, bullet-shaped helmet of the wearer, became a staple of 50s adventurism.
Years later artist Dave Stevens wanted to do a comic book version of the Rocketman/Commando Cody character but Republic wouldn't license it...so Stevens revamped the entire concept and created the Rocketeer instead.Threw in "Bondage Bettie" Page for eye candy (and perilous predicaments), and had himself a winner.
When Disney decided to do the Rocketeer as a live action "pilot" for a proposed series, they made a good decision. They just didn't market it correctly and made too abrupt a decision not to continue with it.
This is a good movie. It could have been better, but it is good nonetheless. My complaints about it are twofold storywise; one, I think they should have left "Bettie" alone and played an inside joke with the audience. They should have had her elaborately TIED UP at some point.
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By Cubist
Along with Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer is a vastly underrated film that, despite the big time promotion by Disney, failed to capture a mainstream audience. Perhaps most people were too jaded to be sucked into the film's retro-optimism. Johnston and company really captured the vibe of the old pulp serials so well in this film -- the attention to detail is fantastic.
The leads are appealing and charismatic. There is a real chemistry between Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connelly -- they were a couple in real life at the time, which I'm sure didn't hurt.
As far as comic book adaptations go, The Rocketeer is quite faithful to its source material with the notable exception of the Disney-fication of Connelly's character which is understandable. Her more Betty Page-esque comic book counterpart might have given the film a problem securing a PG rating. No matter, this is a fine adaptation and one only hopes that Disney will replace this bare bones DVD with a lavish special edition as they have done with both Tron and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rocketeer to the rescue!!! Nov. 11 2002
By "heyo1"
Format:VHS Tape
Oh yeah! I love, love, LOOOOVVVE this film!! The Rocketeer in my opinion was THE best film of 1991 (time sure flies, pardon the pun)! Based on the old comic book series by reknowned girlie pinup artist/graphic designer/comic artist, Dave Stevens, the Rocketeer was loosely inspired by the old Commander Cody TV series. The plot revolves around a dashing young stunt pilot down on his luck who happens to stumble upon a stolen experimental portable rocket pack that can be worn on the back allowing the wearer to fly. He now thinks that Lady Luck may have smiled on him at last. But unknownst to him, a whole bunch of other folks want the rocket pack as well including the Nazis and the mob! Now the chase really begins! The story is a rip roaring, rocket propelled adventure involving everything from international espionage, Howard Hughes, to Golden Age Hollywood. Tongue in the cheek, fast, and fun from beginning to end with a wonderfully rousing score, fantastic special effects, and action sequences that will take your breath away!!! This film is just WOW!!!
It should be noted that the love interest/heroine - Jenny, played by Jennifer Connelly was originally based on 50's pinup queen Bettie Page in the comics, but for copyright reasons was altered both in name and physical appearance for this movie.
Unfortunately, despite the rave reviews and enthusiastic audience response when the Rocketeer was first released, it was somewhat left behind in the dust by then summer juggernaught, Terminator 2, and largely neglected (earning a respectable but unimpressive $60 million, while the film costed $40 million). Sigh, there is truly no justice in the world. The producers later admitted to marketing the film wrong (it was a film for everyone, and not a Disney-ish kiddie movie), and not enough movie goers were lured in as a result. People simply don't know what they're missing, and that's a real shame! Don't make that mistake again! Get the film, see it, feel it, love it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie. Really fun for the whole family
Published 2 months ago by Kikki
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
The 20 years edition is really great. With the image is be digital.
Is style good when i sow on tv 20 years ago
Published 8 months ago by Yan Eric Penault
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Super Hero movie!
Great movie from Disney...A classic Superhero in a classic setting...light & entertaining..still holds up well after more than 20 years
Published 16 months ago by Steff66
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
Très bon film comportant beaucoup de clins d`oeil se rapportant à l`époque.Divertissant et amusant. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2012 by Ben Mears
1.0 out of 5 stars the rocketeer
I never had something take so long to be shipped to me. Gess next time I order it will not be from canada.. From now on US and others..
Published on Feb. 12 2011 by nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars La rockette qui ralentit
Quand j'ai vu ce film à sa sortie en 1991, pour l'époque, c'était pas mal. Mais quand je le revois aujourd'hui, on ne peut que constater que les effets... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2010 by Philippe Bodson
4.0 out of 5 stars un film d'aventure,d'espionnage et d'amour
rocketeer,des effets spéciaux grandioses aussi trépidant et plein de suspense que(les aventuriers de l'arche perdue). Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2009 by babar54
4.0 out of 5 stars Beem's Gum and Jennifer Connelly too
Bill Campbell well known for his portrayal as Delbert Mosley in the HBO alien adventure "Out There" (1995) plays the witless hero, based on the comic book by Dave Stevens, in this... Read more
Published on July 16 2006 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Movie... So-So DVD
I ordered "The Rocketeer" over a year ago and finally had chance to watch it this past weekend. Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Dana A. Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME MOVIE!
This is one of the most coolest, fun filled movies I have ever seen because of everything that it has to make it a great movie. Simply GREAT!!!!!!
Published on July 1 2004
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