Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)
21 April 2013
Conclusion: This is a fun and clever movie for both adults and kids that really set the bar higher. It’s got a good script, great acting, fantastic animation, and Robert Zemeckis knocked this one out of the park. This Blu-ray offers an upgrade over the previous DVD release with a sharper picture and some better sound as well. All of the extras from the previous release have been ported over too. This is an easy movie to recommend so get yours now!
Conclusion: Who Framed Roger Rabbit is neither a barrel of laughs nor an investable mystery, but it manages to win you over with a compelling universe and a knowing reverence towards the heyday of cartoon shorts. The anything-goes atmosphere and impressive visual effects helped make this a smash hit in theaters. Though it hasn't quite developed into a classic to be passed on for generations, it remains a popular, well-regarded, and important film.
Excerpt: The Film "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way." When Who Framed Roger Rabbit? made its 1988 theatrical debut, it snagged a trio of Oscars and another three nominations. How it didn't walk away with every single award that year is beyond the comprehension of this viewer. It didn't just break the typical movie mold; it completely shattered it. Director Robert Zemeckis perfectly combined the human world with that of cartoon mayhem.
Pros: Actors: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Charles Fleischer, Joanna Cassidy, Director: Robert Zemeckis, Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French), Dolby Digital 2.0 (Russian), Subtitles: English SDH, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Number of Discs: 2, Rating: PG, Studio: Disney, Blu-ray Disc Release Date: March 23, 2013, Run Time: 104 minutes, List Price: $26.50, Extras: Filmmakers' Audio Commentary The Ro...
Excerpt: Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a terrific film from Robert Zemeckis, as well as one of the greatest films from the 1980’s. Unfortunately, it’s one of those films that doesn’t stand the test of time as far as the special effects go, but like Zemeckis’ Back to the Future , the effects aren’t the whole ballgame. The film holds up well because of its story and characters. It’s also a film I tend to point to as an example when talking about real filmmaking.
Excerpt: Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer, Rango ) is an animated movie star who's been losing his touch lately. Rumors have been flying that Roger's bombshell wife Jessica (Kathleen Turner, Body Heat ) has been having an affair, so studio head R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern, Little Shop of Horrors ) hires local detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins, Mona Lisa ) to investigate the matter.
Excerpt: In Toon Town, the king of the cartoons is Roger Rabbit, comedic genius and megastar. But lately, his on screen performances have been lackluster, to say the least. He forgets his lines, goofs up gags, he’s just not on his game. Why? Rumors abound of an unfaithful wife, but no one knows for sure. In hopes of resparking his career, his boss hires Eddie Valiant to get proof of Roger’s wife cheating on him, so Roger can have peace and move on.
Summary: Disney is keenly aware of the appeal and reach of its catalog, down to the best and worst films under the Mouse House banner. Titles like Cinderella and Peter Pan arrive separately and to great fanfare, while other titles shuffle onto shelves en masse, sans the red-carpet treatment afforded their Platinum and Diamond Edition brethren.