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The Rocketeer (Bilingual)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Arkin, Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Nada Despotovich
  • Directors: Hiro Narita, Joe Johnston
  • Writers: Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo, William Dear
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 3 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305428514
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,586 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense, and intrigue! Cliff encounters an assortment of ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who's a secret Nazi spy (Timothy Dalton). With the help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world! The dangerous mission transforms the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero!

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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 --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on June 7 2004
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Martin on March 1 2010
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel B. Hitchman on Oct. 30 2002
Format: DVD
For those of you who don't know about this movie, read the other posts here. What I'm going to talk about is the poor video quality of this release.
To start, the framing has been noticably cropped from its original 2.35:1 Panavision scope aspect ratio. If you are familiar with the original widescreen/letterbox laserdisc that Disney released, you'll find that this DVD sports the exact same composite video transfer with all of its inherent problems intact. No new high definition master was created for this release.
The only thing of merrit is that the ORIGINAL 5.1 surround track was used to encode it to Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Yup, the packaging is in error. You're in for a treat as the split surround channels are pretty darn active considering it was mixed in the early days of 5.1 digital surround equipped cinemas.
Hopefully, Disney will re-do this DVD in the near future. They created a fresh transfer for The Santa Clause SE, so why not the superior The Rocketeer??
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Format: Blu-ray
When Cliff Secord stumbles upon a rocket pack stashed away in an airplane, him and his friend Peevy soon find themselves on the run from gangsters with ties to the Nazis.

I saw this back when I was a kid and it’s still one of my favorite superhero flicks, namely because it’s historical, has a very human superhero, and is about flying. I mean, who doesn’t want to fly? Better, who doesn’t want to think they can somehow piece together a rocket pack, strap it on and take to the sky?

What makes this superhero movie different is it’s not about a guy going around and helping people while trying to juggle a secret identity and, later, ultimately facing off against a supervillain. Instead, it’s about someone who has something the bad guys want and spends all his time running from them, occasionally helping people along the way. So while true the standard superhero “ingredients” are there, they’re presented outside of the standard formula thus setting this flick apart. Couple that with it taking place in the past during a simpler time—a classier time, too—and you’ve got a memorable movie.

I like how they also blended real life history into this, namely bringing in Howard Hughes as the designer of the rocket pack. Very cool. Throw in a Nazi as a main villain and you’ve got some solid Good vs Evil going on. Speaking of which, Timothy Dalton as Neville Sinclair the Nazi was awesome. He was super evil in this and once you found out who he really was you just hated the guy. You gotta love villains you can hate and feel justified in doing so.

There was certainly a pulpy feel to this movie, which is good, as the Rocketeer is an old time hero, a pulp hero, in fact. They kept that element alive, even so far as having him go up against a giant goon with a unique visage. Reminded me of the Dick Tracy villains. Sweet.

If you dig pulp heroes, The Rocketeer is definitely recommended viewing. Go see for yourself.
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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
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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