Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito

     
 

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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 theSee more details below

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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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All Movie Guide
Of all the Raiders of the Lost Ark-inspired films of the 1980s, director Robert Zemeckis' enjoyable romance-comedy-adventure Romancing the Stone might be the best. Zemeckis proved his knack for mixing fast-paced thrills with comedy and character, a quality that would be key to the success of his later Back to the Future. Romancing was rewarded with a huge box-office haul, and it increased the profile of all those involved. On the heels of her breakthrough role as Body Heat's femme fatale, Kathleen Turner thwarted typecasting with a fine comic -- though still sexy -- performance. With his good looks and smarmy style, Michael Douglas became a sex symbol and an A-list leading man for the rest of the decade. And in his first significant supporting role, Danny DeVito successfully translated his sleazeball caricature from TV to the big screen. Zemeckis would go on to significant commercial and technical success with films such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2006
UPC:
0024543266945
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
2,612

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Jack Colton
Kathleen Turner Joan Wilder
Danny DeVito Ralph
Zack Norman Ira
Alfonso Arau Juan
Manuel Ojeda Zolo
Holland Taylor Gloria
Mary Ellen Trainor Elaine
Michael Cassidy Zolo's Man
Vince Deadrick Actor
Richard Drown Zolo's Man
Eve Smith Mrs. Irwin
Joe Nesnow Super
José Chavez Santos
Rodrigo Puebla Bad Hombre
Paco Morayta Hotel Clerk
Kymberly Herrin Angelina
Billy Burton Jessie
Ted White Grogan
Manuel Santiago Vendor
Ron Silver Vendor
Joe Finnegan Zolo's Man
Jeff Ramsey Zolo's Man
Chachita Hefty Woman

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director
Claudia Becker Casting
Jack Brodsky Co-producer
Donn Cambern Editor
E. Thomas Case Makeup
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Lem Dobbs Screenwriter
Michael Douglas Producer
Joel A. Douglas Asst. Director,Co-producer
Enrique Estevez Set Decoration/Design
Howard Franklin Screenwriter
Eddy Grant Songwriter
Jeffery Hornaday Choreography
Augustin Ituarte Art Director
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Frank Morriss Editor
Lawrence G. Paull Production Designer
Karen Rea Casting
John D. Schofield Production Designer,Production Manager
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Gilda Texter Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Thomas Camera Operator
Diane Thomas Screenwriter
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Romancing the Stone
1. Main Titles [:47]
2. Joan Wilder [6:54]
3. Waiting for Mr. Right [4:46]
4. Kidnapped [2:59]
5. Not Up for the Trip [2:10]
6. Meeting Jack T. Colton [6:55]
7. Welcome to Colombia [3:22]
8. A Life or Death Situation [3:17]
9. Cargo Plane [2:15]
10. Treasure Map [8:18]
11. What Jack Wants [5:03]
12. Star Treatment [1:14]
13. The Getaway [1:28]
14. Best and Worst of Intentions [4:34]
15. One Great Night [6:27]
16. El Corazon [4:52]
17. The Stone [2:40]
18. Ralph [1:24]
19. In Cartagena [4:58]
20. Rescuing Elaine [2:19]
21. Zolo and a Crocodile [3:16]
22. Final Stand [1:49]
23. Hopeful Romantic [2:30]
24. End Titles [1:33]

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