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The Rocketeer: Is a Blu-ray coming? Please?


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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Matt Lucas

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Posted May 11 2011 - 07:16 AM

Hello all---


I read over at Jim Hill Media that Disney's D23 is planning an event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of THE ROCKETEER, including a cast panel hosted by Kevin Smith and a screening of the film.  The fact that the anniversary is being recognized has my hopes up that we might get a Blu-ray release or, at the very least, some sort of anniversary DVD.


I'd love to see this film in pristine HD, but I would even settle for a special edition DVD that includes video enhanced for widescreen, a better audio track, and a few extras.  Weren't there a number of deleted scenes that have never been released?


Has anyone heard any rumors about a new release?


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#2 of 20 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted May 11 2011 - 10:41 AM

It would be wonderful if Disney would license out some decent titles to Mill Creek for low prices, including this and RETURN TO OZ and NEVER CRY WOLF and dozens of others that could look great on Blu-ray.



#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Chad R

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Posted May 11 2011 - 01:38 PM

This would seem like a no brainer to me. It's the 20th anniversary, from the director of this summer's "Captain America", which is also based on a WWII set comic book, and Disney owns Marvel now. I mean, it's got tie-in written all over it. I would LOVE to have this movie on Blu-ray.



#4 of 20 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted May 12 2011 - 02:08 PM

I am all over this.  I would love to see this on Blu-ray!



#5 of 20 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted May 12 2011 - 02:27 PM

Oh hell yeah.  Do it Disney!


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#6 of 20 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted May 12 2011 - 02:29 PM




Originally Posted by Dick 

It would be wonderful if Disney would license out some decent titles to Mill Creek for low prices, including this and RETURN TO OZ and NEVER CRY WOLF and dozens of others that could look great on Blu-ray.


Oh goodness, I am with you on licensing out titles to someone, but please not Mill Creek.  Try Image or even Anchor Bay again.


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#7 of 20 OFFLINE   Mark-P

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Posted May 12 2011 - 02:42 PM


Have you checked out any of the Mill Creek/Disney Blu-rays? I picked up Big Business and Another Stakeout for $5 a piece and they look great!

Originally Posted by ahollis 





Oh goodness, I am with you on licensing out titles to someone, but please not Mill Creek.  Try Image or even Anchor Bay again.






#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Brisby

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Posted May 12 2011 - 03:40 PM

What I wouldn't give to see the pre-anorexia Jennifer Connelly in high-def... Posted Image



#9 of 20 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted May 12 2011 - 09:12 PM

I remember liking this film as an 8-year-old when I saw it in theaters and getting the laserdisc. I was surprised to find it didn't do well at the box office. Disney did a lot of interesting live-action films in the late 1980s/early 1990s that never got good DVDs: this film, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Shipwrecked, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, Hocus Pocus, and some others.


Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I will not support anything your company produces until then.


#10 of 20 OFFLINE   TonyD

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Posted May 12 2011 - 10:26 PM

I remember looking forward to seeing this at the movies and being bored silly by it.


Bill Campbell is on The Killing on AMC and i hardly recognized him. would like to see Rocketeer again maybe I'll like it this time.


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#11 of 20 OFFLINE   Sam Favate

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Posted May 12 2011 - 11:27 PM

It's a great movie. It feels like a Speilberg picture from the late 70s or early 80s, and maybe if it had come out at that time, it would have been more successful. But it was released in '91, around the same time at Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, so summer blockbusters had lost that sense of innocence. Both of those were more gritty and violent and were much bigger successes.

But, by all means, bring on a 20th anniversary edition on blu-ray. The movie, and film history, deserve it.





#12 of 20 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 14 2011 - 03:06 PM

I've always had a soft spot for The Rocketeer.  It somehow went completely under my radar when it was in theaters, and I first saw it on laserdisc.  It was, in fact, the very first laserdisc I ever owned.  I was doing some shopping on the day UPS was due to deliver my first LD player, and depressed that the films I really wanted to watch that day were all so expensive.  I was flipping through the cheaper titles in the discount rack when the cover caught my eye.  I was a huge fan of those old Commando Cody serials and the thing looked like fun, so I bought it.  I could not believe that I had never heard of this film, or that it had done so poorly at the box office that it never got the sequel it obviously deserved.

Maybe Captain America will do well enough that Disney will think about a reboot for what could be a nice franchise.  I certainly hope that they finalyl consiider a blu ray.  The current DVD is simply a digitized version of that old laserdisc tansfer and the film deserves better.

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#13 of 20 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted May 16 2011 - 04:58 AM

"The rocka-who?"


It would be nice to get the Rocketeer on Blu-ray this summer, 20th anniversary and Joe Johnston's new film coming up. Come on!


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#14 of 20 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 16 2011 - 06:39 AM

Well, I sent a message via the customer contact page at the Disney site, and also posted a comment to the Jim Hill Media blog asking about a 20th anniversary BD for The Rocketeer.  I'm not holding my breath, but figure it can't hurt to ask.  A pity Disney didn't get the distribution rights to Captain America along with those for Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.  Then it would be easy to cross-promote the two.  But, like Thor, Cap will be under the pre-Disney Paramount-Marvel Studios distribution deal, which presumably means they will do the BD/DVD releases.  Still there's no reason Disney couldn't ride the coattails of the advertising and publicity surrounding Captain America's eventual home video release to promote a Rocketeer BD (and maybe anamorphic DVD with the same extras) that is released at the same time.  I'd love to be able to give myself both films for Christmas this year.  Also the upcoming El Capitan theater event sounds like the ideal time to have a 2nd, private screening with the panelists and record a commentary track for the thing.

A fella can dream, can't he?  Posted Image


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#15 of 20 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted May 17 2011 - 02:51 AM

The frustrating thing is the Rocketeer has turned up on HDTV a few times. Usually cropped at 1.85.


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#16 of 20 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 17 2011 - 05:58 AM

For what it's worth, got this form e-mail from Disney today:



Joseph,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and concerns about The Rocketeer. We value your interest in Walt Disney Home Entertainment Movies and we love to hear the opinions of our viewers.  We will forward your comments for review.
 


Who knows?  Maybe the horse will learn to sing.

Regards,


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#17 of 20 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 17 2011 - 06:09 AM

P.S.


After all this time, I just noticed a typo in the title of thread.  The Rocketter.  Makes it sound like Cliff Secord should be wearing fishnets and high-heels.  Posted Image


Fixed it.


Joe




#18 of 20 OFFLINE   Derek M Germano

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Posted May 17 2011 - 04:36 PM

You can definitely put me down for a copy of THE ROCKETEER on Blu-ray.


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#19 of 20 OFFLINE   Steve Tannehill

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Posted May 17 2011 - 04:54 PM

I saw this in 70mm 6-channel Dolby when it was first released.  Owned the laserdisc and the non-anamorphic DVD (which still looked acceptable upscaled on my Panasonic RP91).  The 5.1 mix sounds great.


I am definitely up for a blu-ray release!



#20 of 20 OFFLINE   Matt Hough

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Posted May 18 2011 - 12:14 AM

I'd love to see it on Blu. I only have the laserdisc since I decided that as the DVD wasn't anamorphic, there wouldn't be a huge step up in quality for me at the time. I haven't watched it in quite awhile, and my screen size has grown quite a bit since I made that DVD decision, so I'd REALLY like a new transfer and in high definition.