The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)
22 December 2011
Conclusion: As one of the best early comic-book adaptions of it’s time, The Rocketeer is a fun combination of Indiana Jones derring-do, Iron Man aerial acrobatics, and a Flash Gordon-esque hero. If you want to see the audition movie that won Joe Johnston his job directing Captain America , this is that movie. I really wish they had made some sequels to this since it would have been great to continue this series. Note to Disney: it’s not too late!!
Summary: Yes, it’s a lot of fun. But the film itself never really rises to that classic Disney status. It appears like a film that can’t quite find the right audience and has dipped into obscurity over the years. It’s certainly worth a look on this new Blu-ray release, particularly if you’re looking for something to offset the super serious mood of today’s comic movies …”Rocketeer to the rescue”.
Conclusion: The Rocketeer is a pretty decent movie; a tad corny, sure, but it remains appealing enough old-fashioned entertainment more in the style of the late '80s and early '90s than in the '30s serials it pays tribute to. Fans of the film should be pleased by the terrific feature presentation of its 20th Anniversary Edition, even if the stunning lack of bonus features betrays the pomp of that moniker.
Conclusion: I hadn't seen 'The Rocketeer' in ages, but reviewing it was like being 11 all over again. It doesn't quite live up to the 'Indiana Jones' franchise in terms of wit or fluidly staged set pieces, but it’s a rip-roaring adventure film with a great cast. As a Blu-ray, though not perfect, it looks and sounds better than it ever has in the home. The only downside, for collectors, is the lack of special features. Fans, pick this up at a comfortable price point.
Conclusion: Don't let twenty years of rust scare you off. The Rocketeer may not be as thrilling as it once was, but it remains one of the best comicbook adaptations of the '90s and a high-flying suerphero adventure sure to rope in plenty of fans, new and old. Disney's Blu-ray release isn't too shabby either.
Conclusion: Technisch gibt es an dieser Veröffentlichung von The Rocketeer, bis vielleicht auf die fehlenden Extras, eigentlich nichts weiter auszusetzen. Die Bildqualität ist ordentlich, der deutsche Ton solide und auch die Story hat nach über 20 Jahren noch immer nichts von ihrem Glanz verloren. Auch wenn es etwa 40 Minuten dauert, bis man den Rocketeer das erste Mal in Aktion sieht, so ist das filmische Abenteuer alles andere als langweilig.