The Rocketeer

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Overview

One of the best cinematic comic book adaptations, The Rocketeer was supposed to be the summer of 1991's big hit, but the vastly entertaining movie didn't find a big audience. Thankfully, this Walt Disney DVD release gives the fun, exceedingly good-natured movie a proper showcase, and the film has built up a large fan base over the years. Expertly directed by Joe Johnston and shot by Hiro Narita, the DVD looks great in this widescreen letterboxed format, which also shows off James D. Bissel's extravagantly retro ...
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Overview

One of the best cinematic comic book adaptations, The Rocketeer was supposed to be the summer of 1991's big hit, but the vastly entertaining movie didn't find a big audience. Thankfully, this Walt Disney DVD release gives the fun, exceedingly good-natured movie a proper showcase, and the film has built up a large fan base over the years. Expertly directed by Joe Johnston and shot by Hiro Narita, the DVD looks great in this widescreen letterboxed format, which also shows off James D. Bissel's extravagantly retro production design. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio track sounds robust coming out of a stereo system or out of a television set. This edition doesn't come with any worthy DVD extras, but a future edition is sure to point out The Rocketeer's many in-jokes and homages to classic Hollywood films, old rumors, and actual history.
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Special Features

Widescreen [2.35:1]; Dolby Surround; French language track; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Like George Lucas, who later hired him to work on the Young Indiana Jones series, director Joe Johnson clearly loves the old Saturday morning serials, and also like Lucas, he prefers to avoid the campy tone with which such films are now made. The film tells the story of a young test pilot (Bill Campbell) who must fight to keep a rocket-powered backpack which allows human flight out of the hands of a Nazi spy (Timothy Dalton). Although it keeps the innocent spirit of the early serials, the film improves upon them in its writing and attention to detail, and naturally benefits from the vast improvement in the technology of special effects. Campbell seems an attractive but unusually blank performer, and Jennifer Connelly, in one of her early roles as his girlfriend, also has little more to do than look pretty. The action of the film is entertaining enough, especially for a very young audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • UPC: 717951003195
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,786

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Campbell Cliff Secord
Jennifer Connelly Jenny Blake
Alan Arkin Peevy
Timothy Dalton Neville Sinclair
Paul Sorvino Eddie Valentine
Ed Lauter Fitch
Terry O'Quinn Howard Hughes
James Handy Wooly
Tiny Ron Lothar/Good Old Boy
Robert Miranda Spanish Johnny
John Lavachielli Rusty
Ed Jones Malcolm
Dave Adams Reporter
Julian Barnes Charlie
Danielle Bedau Girl at Newsstand
William Boyett Government Liaison
Richard T. Brickert Airshow Pilot
Peter Bromilow Nobleman
Pat Crawford Brown Mrs. Pye
Michael Francis Clarke G-Man
Perry Cook Good Old Boy
Chance Michael Corbitt Newspaper Kid
Joseph D'Angelo Stevie
Gene Daily Clark Gable
Paul de Souza Pauly
Nada Despotovich Irma
Lila Finn Clothesline Lady
Mike Finneran Reporter
Paul Forsyth Nazi Commando
William Frankfather Government Liaison
Peter Frankland Nazi Commando
Jim Franklin Airshow Pilot
Scanlon Gail G-Man at Chaplin Field
Taylor Gilbert Stewardess
Max Grodenchik Wilmer
Melora Hardin South Seas Singer
Darryl Henriques G-Man
Steve Hinton Airshow Pilot
Craig Hosking Airshow Pilot
Clint Howard Monk
Thomas Huff Lenny
Heinrich James Nazi Agent
Ele Keats Girl at Newsstand
Tom Kindle Clapperboy
Bob Leeman W.C. Fields
Kristopher Logan Nazi Commando
America Martin Patsy
Margo Martindale Millie
Doug McGrath Reporter
Kathleen Michaels South Seas Camera Girl
Michael Milhoan Jeff
Daniel O'Shea Mike
Rick Overton South Seas Patron
Lisa Pedersen Noblewoman
Jon Polito Bigelow
Herman Poppe Zeppelin Captain
David Pressman Hospital Guard
Don Pugsley Goose
Arlee Reed Cameraman
Lori Lynn Ross South Seas Mermaid
William Sanderson Skeets
Bob Sandman South Seas Bandleader
Kim Sebastian Nurse
Charlie Stavola Assistant Director
Tom Tully Reporter
Bill Turner Airshow Pilot
Sam Vincent Filmstage Director
Richard Warlock FBI Agent
Norbert Weisser Zeppelin Pilot
Chuck Wentworth Airshow Pilot
Merritt Yohnka Nazi Crewman
Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Lisa Bailey Associate Producer
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Danny Bilson Original Story, Screenwriter
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Paul de Meo Original Story, Screenwriter
Linda de Scenna Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
William Dear Original Story
Nancy Foy Casting
Larry Franco Executive Producer
Charles Gordon Producer
Lawrence Gordon Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Lloyd Levin Producer
Hiro Narita Cinematographer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Dave Stevens Co-producer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movies like this are hard to come by!

    I saw this on TV when I was younger. Great movie. I didn't even know that it was made in 1991! The setting, sound, characters, and excitement were just great. This movie is a must in your collection. I need to get a copy myself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have!

    I saw this this movie in the theater when it came out and loved it and the music that I bought the video and soundtrack back in '92, now that its on dvd cd I am buying them both.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beyond Words

    This movie is excellant. The detail spent on the scientific side is perfect - everything mastered and remastered. I love this movie not so much because of who or when it was filmed, but how and why. A great clean film the whole family will really love, but at the same time, a grown adult will appreciate it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    I have been watching this movie since i was a kid, and to this day it is still my favorite movie. The music is so moving I bought the soundtrack, this movie is severely underrated, and if you are thinking about giving it a try, you will love this movie.

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