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Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer is one of the best comic book movies of the ‘90’s and a must-watch for any comic book lover. Disney recently released a beautifully crisp 20th Anniversary Edition of the film that is based on writer/illustrator Dave Stevens’ comic series. I loved The Rocketeer when it was first released in 1991 and remember seeing it in theaters multiple times. What I loved as a teen, I now love even more as an adult. When I first wathed it, I was mainly interested in the high-flying action sequences and larger-than-life villains. On this recent viewing, I came to realize how awesome the cast and dialogue are. The film stars Billy Campbell, Jennnifer Connnelly, Alan Arkin, Terry O’Quinn, Timothy Dalton, and Paul Sorvino.
Chicago – Twenty years before helming “Captain America,” director Joe Johnston made another superhero picture that was equal parts nostalgic and bombastically patriotic. Though 1991’s “The Rocketeer” was distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, the material is so dark that it’s worthy of Touchstone. As a throwback to Saturday morning serials and classic Hollywood archetypes, the film is likably breezy and instantly disposable.
Sharing the effects-laden hollowness of Johnston’s debut feature, “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids,” but lacking in its wit, there’s little wonder that “The Rocketeer” failed to find an audience during its initial theatrical run. Yet there are enough highlights here to solidify the film’s status as a cult classic, particularly Timothy Dalton’s suavely snake-like villain who, in many ways, out-charms the cocky protagonist.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.5/5.0
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG
The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring
adventure of mystery, suspense, and intrigue! Cliff encounters an assortment of
ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who is a secret Nazi spy. With the
help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his
foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world. The
dangerous mission transforms the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero.
I was grateful for the opportunity to review and own The Rocketeer on Blu-ray. Having the ability to watch one of my favorite, and »
- Jason Moore
Director Joe Johnston brings his 1991 classic to Hi-Def for the first time December 13
Before directing the Nazi smashing, highflying World War II era Captain America: The First Avenger, director Joe Johnston embarked on a similar adventure with the now classic pulp comic throwback The Rocketeer. Dismissed upon its initial release in 1991, this soaring escapade has grown into a solid cult hit, and stands as one of the best superhero movies of the 90s.
The film follows young pilot Cliff (Billy Campbell), who stumbles upon a secret rocket-pack that turns him into a daring masked vigilante, out to stop the Nazis and win the girl. We recently caught up with Mr. Campbell to reminisce about The Rocketeer's twentieth anniversary, its lovely debut on Blu-ray, and his return as Darren Richmond on Season 2 of The Killing.
Here is our conversation.
When The Rocketeer came out in 1991, it wasn't the box office »
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The Plot: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
The Buzz: Guy Ritchie’s career has been effectively side-tracked by the Holmes franchise, and I think that’s a good thing. I hope the trend continues. Downey Jr. and Law make for the perfect pair, and though I was disappointed when I learned, months back, that Daniel Day-Lewis had dropped out as Moriarty, I was pleased to »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
The action-filled, family adventure film The Rocketeer – starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin and Timothy Dalton – is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Blu-ray release, now available. With state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high-definition sound, the story of a test pilot (Campbell) who discovers a top-secret jetpack that throws him into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense and intrigue, turning the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero, still holds up as one of the best comic book adaptations that’s hit the big screen. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, the film’s star, Billy Campbell, talked about how the spirit and good-hearted nature of the film have really allowed it to hold up over time, why he thinks it didn’t have the box office that people expected, that he doesn’t have any props from the film because he doesn’t collect mementos, what it »
- Christina Radish
For a movie based on a comic book set in the 1930s, The Rocketeer was actually ahead of its time. The movie was released as Disney’s big summer film in 1991, backed with tons of marketing, and planned as a big tent pole for their future.
The problem was, in 1991 there were precious few superhero movies creating a genre to support the fan following. When it opened that June there was nothing out there to support it and the groundswell of geekdom had yet to reach critical mass. Therefore, despite relatively positive reviews, the movie did minimal business, finishing 27th for the calendar and largely forgotten. Its director, Joe Johnston, went on to make a number of other hits and misses until he scored big earlier this year with Captain America. Now, taking his fame and the 20th anniversary into account, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has released The Rocketeer on Blu-ray and DVD today. »
- Robert Greenberger
When it debuted June 21, 1991, The Rocketeer was dismissed by many (including EW) as too old-fashioned, too stolid and square. The 1930s period adventure film — about a young pilot (Billy Campbell) who gets pulled into Nazi-era intrigue along with his aspiring actress girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) when he happens upon a human jet pack designed by Howard Hughes (Terry O’Quinn) — ultimately sputtered to a $47 million gross (roughly $88 mil in 2011 dollars). But it was far from forgotten. In fact, looking back at The Rocketeer now, 20 years later, it feels wonderfully old-fashioned for an entirely new reason: Directed by Joe Johnston (who’d »
- Adam B. Vary
Birthday Shoutouts! Awkwardly shy tennis hottie Dmitry Tursunov (above) is 29, Sheila E. is 54, Jennifer Connelly is 41, Regina Hall is 41, Mayim Bialik is 36, and Dionne Warwick is 71. Okay, time to name your top five Dionne songs! Here are mine: 5. "Valley Of The Dolls," 4. "How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye," 4. "Deja Vu," 2. "Love's Hiding Place (Theme to the 80's classic The Seduction)," 1. "Heartbreaker."Once Upon A Time's fall finale was its lowest rated episode, and the rumor is they killed someone off (trying to avoid spoilers here). Speaking of (or not, I'm not saying either way), check out today's Briefs Guy!The faboo Jami Gertz has been cast in that ABC pilot about a "family that moves into a highly desirable gated community in New Jersey only to discover that the entire neighborhood is made up of aliens disguised as humans." TV Line has a blind item about a "hit freshman »
The worst weekend at the North American box office since September 2008, with an overall take of $78 million. That's this very weekend (Dec. 9-11), when Garry Marshall's critically lambasted Warner Bros. release New Year's Eve succeeded in topping the domestic box-office chart with a meager $13.7 million, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. At 3,505 locations, New Year's Eve averaged a not-at-all celebratory $3,910 per site.
Thanks to a prestigious cast including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, and Hilary Swank; Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer and Abigail Breslin; and teen idol Zac Efron, Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker, Two and Half Men's Ashton Kutcher, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon co-star Josh Duhamel (photo), some had been expecting that New Year's Eve would open around $30 million. Later on, $20 million became an acceptable figure. But $13.7 million? Chances are New Year's Eve won't get even close to matching »
- Zac Gille
Photo: © 2011 Disney. All Rights Reserved
On Tuesday, celebrate the 20th anniversary of director Joe Johnston.s (Captain America: The First Avenger) action-filled, witty The Rocketeer. Now with state-of-the-art digital restoration and enhanced high definition sound, experience it as it jets off for the first time on Disney Blu-ray..
The discovery of a top-secret jetpack hurls test pilot Cliff Secord into a daring adventure of mystery, suspense, and intrigue! Cliff encounters an assortment of ruthless villains, led by a Hollywood screen star who is a secret Nazi spy. With the help of his actress girlfriend, the young pilot battles enormous odds to defeat his foes who are anxious to use the device in an evil plan to rule the world. The dangerous mission transforms the ordinary young man into an extraordinary hero.
- Michelle McCue
Michelle Pfeiffer, New Year's Eve Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Robert De Niro, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, and countless others, Garry Marshall's Warner Bros. release New Year's Eve opened way below expectations on Friday, Dec. 9, collecting an estimated $5.08 million according to Box Office Mojo. The all-star omnibus romantic comedy-drama will be lucky if it reaches $16-17 million over the weekend, whereas some had been expecting an opening around $30 million. Screening at 3,505 sites, New Year's Eve averaged a meager $1,449 per theater. For comparison's sake: Marshall's all-star Valentine's Day — featuring Julia Roberts, Taylor Lautner, Bradley Cooper, Shirley MacLaine, Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, and others — debuted with $56.26 million in February 2010. Ken Kwapis' similarly packaged all-star romantic comedy-drama He's Just Not That into You — with once again Bradley Cooper, plus Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, et al. — raked in $27.78 million in February 2009. Not helping matters is »
- Zac Gille
Jennifer Connelly, you deserve the perfect birthday! From child model to A-list actress, Jennifer Connolly has made quite a name for herself! We know there are only more great things to come in her future! Get all the details at Astrology.com Happy birthday, Jennifer Connelly! In the next year, you're going to be seeing more than your fair share of challenges. First, you're going to remain in demand as an actress -- maybe more than usual in the next year. Like a lot of Sagittarians, though, it looks like you might be leaving moderation (what everyone else calls 'common sense') behind a little more than usual. Your love life probably won't be making a lot of waves, though -- which is probably a good thing. »
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
Requiem for a Dream, 2000.
Written and Directed Darren Aronofksy.
Today’s film to see before you die is based upon the novel of the same name written by Hubert Selby Jr. Requiem for a Dream is a dark tale of drug addiction, delusion, desperation and destruction with some visceral images and an unnerving soundtrack.
The story follows Sara (Burstyn), her son Harry (Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Connelly) and their friend Tyrone (Wayans) over a period that sees each of them addicted to drugs and becoming desperately dependant upon them until their lives are destroyed.
Sara becomes addicted to weight-loss amphetamines after being accepted onto her favourite game show and wanting to fit into her favourite red dress. After upping her dosage, Sara suffers »
Momentum Pictures recently released five critically acclaimed and unforgettable Contemporary Classics on Blu-ray for the first time ever that you can finally add to your collection this Christmas.
The Blu-ray debut of the mesmerising Amelie, director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar® and BAFTA® winning memory-erasing romance Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet, plus Control, the BAFTA® winning directorial debut from world-renowned photographer Anton Corbijn about the influential band Joy Division and troubled lead singer Ian Curtis. Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky’s tale of addiction and desperation starring Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and an Oscar® nominated performance by Ellen Burstyn completes the offering alongside Lost In Translation, writer/director Sofia Coppola’s Oscar® winning film charting the unlikely friendship between Scarlett Johansson’s bored newly-wed and Bill Murray’s jaded ageing actor as they discover Japan.
Whether you’re already a fan, »
- Matt Holmes
In addition to Channing “You Killed My Fish” Tatum, ‘The Dilemma‘ features an all-star comedic cast that includes Vince Vaughn (’Couples Retreat’, ‘Wedding Crashers’), Kevin James (’Paul Blart: Mall Cop’, ‘Grown Ups’), Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly (’A Beautiful Mind’, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’), Winona Ryder (’Black Swan’, ‘Star Trek’), and Queen Latifah (’Hairspray’, ‘Chicago’) in a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps.
For those who haven’t seen ‘The Dilemma‘ yet, here’s the full synopsis, a featurette, and a clip for the film:
- Channing Tatum Unwrapped
After weeks of tabloid stories of husband Ashton Kutcher's infidelity with a rando blonde chick, and years of being the butt of all cougar jokes/mistaken for Jennifer Connelly on the street, Demi Moore has apparently decided she's had enough. In a statement released to the Associated Press, Moore revealed that she's filing from divorce from Kutcher after six years of marriage: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar [...] »
Kim Kardashian has reportedly hired Nicole Kidman's acting coach to help transform her into a star of the big screen. The socialite has been filming forthcoming movie, The Marriage Counselor, in Atlanta and apparently worked with Susan Batson to help perfect her performance. "Susan was brought in to help Kim with her last scenes in the film," an insider told Life & Style. "She was coaching her on how to handle the more difficult scenes she's shooting." "Kim had been confident about the movie, but with recent events she has been worried that the stress of her real life would show through," the source added, referring the collapse of her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries. "So that's what Susan was there for." Other A-listers to have come under the tutelage of Batson include Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Liv Tyler and Jennifer Connelly. © Splash News »
Exclusive: After 8 years, Cari Ross is leaving ID and is expected to continue to represent her longtime clients who include Salma Hayek, Jennifer Connelly, Julianna Margulies, Cynthia Nixon, Dylan McDermott and Kyra Sedgwick. Ross will also be doing philathropic work. Here’s what ID-pr CEO Kelly Bush told Deadline: “All of us at ID wish Cari Ross the best, and fully support her as she starts this new endeavor and next chapter in her life.” Below is Cari Ross’ email to the staff from this evening: “After much contemplation over the last few months, I have decided to leave ID. As you all know, I have enjoyed this career for sixteen years, and it has come time for me to make some life changes. I have enjoyed working with all of you and wish everyone much happiness. My last day will be Friday. I will be out of the office tomorrow at meetings, »
- NIKKI FINKE
Paul Bettany has praised wife Jennifer Connelly's dedication to being a mother. The couple, who are parents to14-year-old Kai and 8-year-old Stellan, welcomed daughter Agnes in May. The Tourist actor claimed that parenting is the most important thing to Connelly and applauded her for doing an "amazing" job raising their children. "[Being a parent] needs to be the biggest focus of your life. And it absolutely is the most important, biggest focus of my wife's life," Bettany told Us Weekly. (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
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