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The Rocketeer & Dick Tracy DVD questions


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#1 of 80 Jim Harvey

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Posted October 10 2004 - 10:46 AM

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 of 80 John Whittle

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Posted October 10 2004 - 10:52 AM

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.

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#3 of 80 Charlie O.

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Posted October 10 2004 - 02:54 PM

Dick Tracy is also DTS.

#4 of 80 Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 10 2004 - 04:08 PM

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

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#5 of 80 Matthew Chmiel

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Posted October 10 2004 - 04:21 PM

Wow. Is that Steve Tannehill? I haven't seen you in a while. Posted Image

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.

#6 of 80 Steve Tannehill

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Posted October 10 2004 - 05:06 PM

Still wearing funny hats, dude? Posted Image

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.

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#7 of 80 Haden

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Posted October 10 2004 - 05:11 PM

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 of 80 JonZ

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Posted October 11 2004 - 12:28 AM

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 of 80 CraigL

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Posted October 11 2004 - 03:05 AM

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. Posted Image

#10 of 80 JonZ

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Posted October 11 2004 - 03:58 AM

I thought Warren Beatty wanted to release a Dir Cut.

#11 of 80 Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 11 2004 - 04:29 AM

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. Posted Image
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#12 of 80 CraigL

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Posted October 11 2004 - 04:46 AM

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I thought Warren Beatty wanted to release a Dir Cut.


Internet rumor.

There was never a quote from him about this.

#13 of 80 Jim Harvey

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Posted October 11 2004 - 08:25 AM

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.

#14 of 80 Matthew Chmiel

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Posted October 11 2004 - 09:57 AM

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 of 80 Jim Harvey

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Posted November 25 2004 - 05:19 PM

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?

#16 of 80 Rick P

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Posted November 25 2004 - 06:15 PM

if you can do multi-region/pal, both the R2 and R4 Rocketeer are 16:9 anamorphic.

#17 of 80 Jim Harvey

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Posted November 26 2004 - 12:37 AM

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.

#18 of 80 Josh Simpson

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Posted November 26 2004 - 03:32 AM

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?

#19 of 80 Colin Jacobson

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Posted November 26 2004 - 03:37 AM

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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?


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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#20 of 80 AndrewWickliffe

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Posted November 26 2004 - 05:01 AM

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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.


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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