Romancing the Stone
Romancing the Stone was director Robert Zemeckis' first box-office success, and the film that turned Michael Douglas into a bankable leading man. One would think that these two claims to fame would be enough for a special edition DVD, but in this case 20th Century Fox has once again issued a movie-only disc. The 2.35:1 widescreen transfer is a vast improvement over the aged video and cable version of the film. The "scope" aspect ratio opens the film up and returns the sense of an adventure film. The sound, while in Dolby Surround, is disappointing. For one reason or another, the audio level sounds lower than usual, and it is necessary to turn the stereo up before achieving a good, theater-quality sound. Zemeckis has not proven to be against recording commentary tracks, so the lack of a track on this disc is unfortunate. Romancing the Stone was one of the biggest hits of the 1980s and deserves more supplementary material than the odd trailer "starring" Danny DeVito talking about the film in character, in a scene shot solely for the trailer. The video transfer is impressive, but the rest of Romancing the Stone on DVD leaves something to be desired.