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The Rocketeer & Dick Tracy DVD questions

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Jim Harvey, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. Jim Harvey

    Jim Harvey Second Unit

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    I noticed Disney has released both The Rocketeer and Dick Tracy to DVD, but the DVDs are barebones. Are we getting SEs of either DVDs in the future? I am heavily considering purchasing The Rocketeer and I don't want to be screwed over.
     
  2. John Whittle

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    Well the Rocketeer is not anamorphic and it's a cinemascope picture so you're left with a band-aid to blow up with the resulting loss in quality. Dick Tracy is anamorphic and I haven't watched it again since it came out, but I recall it was a decent transfer.

    I'm hoping that the Rocketter gets redone at least with a new transfer, but no news that I've seen.

    John
     
  3. Charlie O.

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    Dick Tracy is also DTS.
     
  4. Steve Tannehill

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    The Rocketeer is also in 5.1 (mislabeled on the packaging as 2.0).

    - Steve
     
  5. Matthew Chmiel

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    Wow. Is that Steve Tannehill? I haven't seen you in a while. [​IMG]

    I remember rumors were spreading prior to Dick Tracy's DVD release that it might be a special edition, but alas, it was not. There may be more hope in that title getting a special edition release than say The Rocketeer.
     
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    Still wearing funny hats, dude? [​IMG]

    I wish we would get something better transfer-wise on Rocketeer...it was lackluster to be sure.

    So what's good to see show-wise on the Strip these days? I'll probably be there in about a month.

    - Steve
     
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    Yeah, whatever became of those rumors of Warren Beatty wanting to do a nice 2-disc vista series special edition of Dick Tracy? There was a lot of talk of that happening just shortly before we got the crummy barebones version, and then there were the assumptions that the SE would follow within a year. Was it really all just fanboy wishful thinking? It's now been 13 months since the barebones DVD came out...
     
  8. JonZ

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    I usually dont care about special features, but Dick Tracy is one title Id love to see a SE with alot of "Making Of" material on it.
     
  9. CraigL

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    The Dick Tracy thing was just a rumor AFAIK. As far as extras available...the three things I can think of that are missing are:

    1) trailer
    2) "making of" special which aired on the Disney channel
    3) Madonna performing on the Academy Awards

    As far as deleted scenes, I know there were definite snippets in both the documentary and the trailer but I know of no major plot points or anything left out.

    Sure do love this movie though. [​IMG]
     
  10. JonZ

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    I thought Warren Beatty wanted to release a Dir Cut.
     
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    If you don't want to get screwed over by buying a copy and then having an SE come out, try the library, NetFlix, or Blockbuster. [​IMG]
     
  12. CraigL

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    Internet rumor.

    There was never a quote from him about this.
     
  13. Jim Harvey

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    So the horizon seems bare for more SE releases of these flicks? At least until the next platform, I suppose. I guess that's slightly encouraging to know, even though both do warrant a nice set of extras.
     
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    Going back to Craig's post, the "internet rumor" was that there was going to be a Vista Series release with director's cut, commentary, and bonus features. We got nothing, but a nice anamorphic transfer and DTS.
     
  15. Jim Harvey

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    So - just to ask once more - it's probably safe to purchase The Rocketeer because there's a slim-to-none chance of a special edition re-release?
     
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    if you can do multi-region/pal, both the R2 and R4 Rocketeer are 16:9 anamorphic.
     
  17. Jim Harvey

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    Thanks for the help. I might be a bit screwed on the other region releases, sadly. Even if Disney just re-released the disc with an anamorphic release I'd be happy.
     
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    I have Dick Tracy. Good transfer and good sound. I'd love the SE, but I'm satisfied for now. I'd buy a decent version of Rocketeer as well.

    I was pretty young when Dick Tracy came out. Does anyone know how well the movie did? I thought I read it did ok, but not the blockbuster that Disney had hoped for. True?
     
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    True. It narrowly squeaked past the $100 million mark, so it did fine, but it didn't approach the $251 million of Batman the prior year.
     
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    But remember, it wasn't until '93 or so movies were called blockbusters at 100 mil, so for 1990, Dick Tracy did great, #9 of the year. #9 of the year.
     

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