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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: Romancing the Stone

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#1 of 10 Michael Osadciw

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Posted October 11 2008 - 04:50 AM



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The features included on the special edition DVD two years ago are included here except for the Hidden Treasure featurette, which was of Douglas remembering screenwriter Diane Thomas who died tragically in a car crash.

The eight deleted/alternate are in high definition (AVC encoded). Some scenes are clearly deleted and others feature similar conversation that already appears in the movie, just with a different setting. Most of these deleted scenes are in the first half of the film when Joan is walking through the jungle with Jack. The mood of the alternate ending is also less romantic. They slow the film down and it was wise not to include them in the film. I did enjoy viewing them as a special feature. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio is intact and the quality is good but not as polished as the final film.

Three featurettes follow and are of both recent interview clips and pieces from 1984. They are 4:3, SD, and encoded in MPEG-2.

  • Rekindling The Romance: A Look Back (18:58) features Douglas, Turner, and DeVito remembering the days when the film was made.

  • Douglas, Turner and DeVito: Favourite Scenes (3:56) is basically what the title implies. The three actors point out their favourite scenes with them in it.

  • Michael Douglas Remembers (2:23) is another looking back featurette.


    IN THE END...

    This BD is a worthy upgrade for DVD owners who want the HD edition. The image and sound quality upgrades are the trumpeting upgrades while the special features stay relatively the same. No big complaints with this release.

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    #2 of 10 CRyan

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    Posted October 11 2008 - 06:09 AM

    I have no idea why but I have always loved this movie. One of those I can pop in on a Saturday and have going on in the background. Thanks for the review.

    #3 of 10 Robert Crawford

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    Posted October 11 2008 - 07:59 AM

    Another title that will have to wait for a sale due to its high purchase price of $25.95 from Amazon while the SD DVD SE with the same artwork is $7.49 which really illustrates the differences in pricepoints.





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    #4 of 10 Matt Butler

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 05:07 AM

    Did they fix the subtitles?
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    #5 of 10 Cassy_w

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 05:16 AM

    I am hearing NO. Posted Image Perhaps they will never be fixed.
    Death to PG-13! And now death to DVNR too!!

    #6 of 10 Travis Brashear

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 05:28 AM

    I just read a different review that said the featurette about the deceased screenwriter is still available on this Blu-ray, and the screenshot of the back of the case at DVDEmpire has it listed. Are you sure you didn't miss it somehow?
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    #7 of 10 Matt Butler

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 07:47 AM

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cassy_w
    I am hearing NO. Posted Image Perhaps they will never be fixed.

    A buddy bought the 2 pack SE in 2006. I watched Stone and the lack of subtitles ruin 2 different scenes/jokes.

    Im usually not as picky as some on HTF as far as mistakes on releases go but for me I will join the "NO SALE" bandwagon for this release. Too bad too cause this is an old fav of mine
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    #8 of 10 Ed St. Clair

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 10:05 AM

    Yes! A nice surprise A/V-wise.
    Too badd, bout the special features; anyone smell a "DD"?
    Thanks for the review.
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    #9 of 10 Ric Easton

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 10:15 AM

    What exactly was the subtitle mistake? Whatever it is, is it safe to assume they knew about it for two years and still though it not worth fixing? I have never picked this movie up and thought now may be the time... finally an older film I'm not double dipping on. Now I don't know.

    #10 of 10 Matt Butler

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    Posted October 15 2008 - 11:18 AM

    Ric,
    Taken from an old thread on this topic:

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    There's a glitch that's driving me crazy, and I haven't seen anybody mention it. The subtitles are missing, and it ruins one of the best jokes in the movie when Joan and Jack are about to get killed in the Colombian town and Juan saves them when he realizes that Joan is Joan Wilder, the novelist---whose books he reads to all the drugrunners every Saturday.

    But the subtitles explaining the Spanish are not there. They are also not there for another joke where the bad guy (Zolo?) asks Ralph (Danny DeVito) if he's French. What just kills me is that if you watch the "Rekindling the Romance" doc, the subtitles are there in the clip. Furthermore, the subtitles were missing on the original RTS dvd, and I was really looking forward to the SE correcting this egregious oversight.
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