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Director: Michael Bay

Cast: Michael Bay, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris


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Michael Bay's high-octane hostage thriller The Rock comes to DVD with basic features such as a widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, and the theatrical trailer. Though the set's lack of extras is somewhat disappointing, the disc's impressive video and audio, as well as strong performances from Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris, make The Rock<See more details below


Michael Bay's high-octane hostage thriller The Rock comes to DVD with basic features such as a widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio, and the theatrical trailer. Though the set's lack of extras is somewhat disappointing, the disc's impressive video and audio, as well as strong performances from Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris, make The Rock worthwhile for action fans.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Top-drawer actors, super-slick production values, and dynamic action sequences dress up this wildly implausible but breathlessly paced thriller. When renegade Marine general Ed Harris seizes control of the old prison on Alcatraz Island and threatens the San Francisco Bay Area with virus-carrying missiles, FBI biochemical expert Nicolas Cage is dispatched with a team of Navy SEALs to thwart the operation. His guide: rogue British agent Sean Connery, the only man ever to escape from Alcatraz. In his second collaboration with popcorn-movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, former music-video director Michael Bay (Armageddon) employs kinetic visuals to divert audience attention from script improbabilities, and his viscerally exciting action set pieces are bolstered by fine performances from Cage, Connery, and especially Harris, who brings real depth to his villainous character. Criterion's double-disc DVD Special Edition illuminates every aspect of The Rock's production, incorporating commentaries by Bay, Bruckheimer, Cage, and Harris into a comprehensive package that also offers featurettes on the film's stunt work and special effects. Additional supplements include storyboards, production-design sketches, on-set stills, outtakes, trailers, TV spots, excerpts from a documentary on "The Rock" and its prison, and even footage taken at the film's world premiere on Alcatraz. Add to that Criterion's newly remastered digital transfer, and you've got one of the best looking DVDs released to date.
All Movie Guide
Frenetically edited and paced like a bulldozer descending a mountain, The Rock felt like an upping of the ante for Hollywood action films the summer of its release, and time has only confirmed that notion. While its ability to induce headaches is just one of the film's flaws, it also points to what sets The Rock and successive Jerry Bruckheimer action films apart: it may not have substance, but it does have a philosophy. Dispensing with the standard setup/payoff formula of action filmmaking, Bruckheimer's stable of video-trained directors make every shot look like a payoff, as if they're all taken from the climax of the film. Of course, this also means that after a while -- for all but the most attention span-deprived viewers -- no shot works as a payoff. The film is thrilling for the few minutes it takes to become numbing. Of course, the general vapidity of Bruckheimer's films doesn't help and, in this, The Rock proves no exception. Sean Connery seems bored in most scenes, while Nicolas Cage's familiar histrionics do little to ground the already out-of-control proceedings. Only Ed Harris, as a reluctant villain, lends any gravity. Historically significant without being all that interesting in itself, The Rock's financial success insured that its dubious influence would be felt for years to come.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
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Special Features

French-language track; Spanish subtitles; Original theatrical teaser trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Stanley Goodspeed
Sean Connery John Patrick Mason
Ed Harris Gen. Francis X. Hummel
Michael Biehn Commander Anderson
William Forsythe Eddie Paxton
David Morse Major Tom Baxter
Bokeem Woodbine Sgt. Crisp
John Spencer FBI Director Womack
John C. McGinley Marine Capt. Hendrix
Anthony Clark Paul the Hotel Barber
Brendan Kelly Cox
Danny Nucci Special Agent Shepard
Tony Todd Capt. Darrow
Todd Louiso Marvin Isherwood
Sam Whipple Larry Henderson
Jim Maniaci Private Scarpetti
Greg Collins Private Gamble
Steve Harris Private McCoy
David Bowe Dr. Ling
Howard Platt Louis Lindstrom
Willie Garson Francis Reynolds
John Nathan FBI Radar Technician
Jack Ford Military Official
Ralph Peduto FBI Agent Hunt
Andy Ryan Lab Technician
Raymond O'Connor Park Ranger Bob
Tom Towles Alcatraz Park Ranger
Anthony Guidera Lead F-18 Pilot
James Caviezel Rear F-18 Pilot
John Enos Sea Stallion Pilot
Ken Kells Spotter
Buck Kartalian Reverend
Marshall Teague Seal Reigert
Jack Yates Hummel Marine "A"
Juan A. Riojas Hummel Marine "B"
Gregory Sporleder Capt. Frye
Vanessa Marcil Carla Pestalozzi
Claire Forlani Jade Angelou
Ray Cruz (Uncredited)
Robert M. Anselmo F.B.I. Radar Technician
Robert Ben Rajab Alcatraz Park Ranger
Robert C. Besgrove F.B.I. Agent
Dennis Chalker Seal Boyer
Steve Decker Navy Seal
Billy Devlin Navy Seal
Dando Gaver Seal Dando
Thomas J. Hageboeck F.B.I. Agent Cord
Joseph Hawes Navy Seal
Dwight Hicks F.B.I. Agent Star
Harry Humphries Navy Admiral
Joseph Patrick Kelly Hummel Marine
Raquel Krelle Agent Margie Wood
John W. Love Tourist
Jane Sanguinetti Luenell Tourist
Mike Mahrer Navy Seal
Leonard McMahan Cable Car Conductor
Ingo Neuhaus Marine That Dies
Carlos Sandoval Navy Seal
Fred Savallon Chef
Ronald Simmons Alcatraz Park Ranger
Sean Skelton Kid on Motorcycle
Hans George Struhar Valet
Ricky Toms Navy Seal
Celeste Weaver Stacy Richards

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Ken Bates Co-producer
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Sean Connery Executive Producer
Douglas S. Cook Original Story,Screenwriter
Cosmas Demetriou Set Decoration/Design
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Pat Gerhardt Makeup
Nick Glennie-Smith Score Composer,Songwriter
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
James M. Halty Stunts
Billy Hopkins Casting
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Heidi Levitt Casting
Edward Mcavoy Art Director
Michael White Production Designer
George Parra Asst. Director
Craig Pinckes Asst. Director
Bobbie Read Costumes/Costume Designer
Lauren Rodriguez Special Effects
Mark Rosner Original Story,Screenwriter
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Don Simpson Producer
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
William Stuart Executive Producer
Barry H. Waldman Associate Producer
David Weisberg Original Story,Screenwriter
Keith A. Wester Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

0. Chapter Selection
1. A Grave Injustice [:35]
2. Taking Over [2:29]
3. Danger Alarm! [2:29]
4. Welcome To The Rock [:45]
5. Briefing [4:02]
6. Untimely Interruption [:07]
7. Dangerous Do [:07]
8. Plan Of Action [1:44]
9. Talking Terrorism [4:32]
10. On The Rock [5:17]
11. Seismic Activity [:20]
12. Fired Upon [:20]
13. The Morgue [:37]
14. 8 Hours Till Deadline [:11]
15. Lock-Down [:11]
16. The Final Hour [4:13]
17. Fire! [4:51]
18. Searching For The Last One [:12]
19. A Decision Is Needed [:12]
20. Mutiny [8:36]
21. Saving Goodspeed [1:05]
22. St. Michael's Church [6:31]

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