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SRP $39.98 2.35:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 FOX
 

Before Robert Zemeckis hit the big leagues as a director, he had done some great scripts with co-writer/producer Bob Gale(I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND,etc) But, "ROMANCING THE STONE" was Zemeckis' first directorial hit. Openly borrowing and paying homage to "INDIANA JONES," "ROMANCING THE STONE" stars Michael Douglas as the sometimes "less-than" heroic Jack Colton, a gun-for-hire, begrudgingly coming to the employment/aid of Joan Wilder(Kathleen Turner) the author of Harlequin-live romantic pulp, after her sister has been kidnapped. Soon enough, the writer, having only written from imagination, is now thrown into the world of perilous mudslides, villains, treasure hunters, a greedy criminal(Danny DeVito)and more, as she learns she has more in her than she realized.

The romantic/comedy/action still holds up today, although the montages and some of the other elements will probably come across as feeling dated by teens. (The rest of us will consider these things more kindly as "nostalgic!")

Michael Douglas is perfectly cast and offers the right amount of humor and toughness to his role. Turner reminds audiences as to just how pretty this actress was in her younger years. DeVito...well, he's DeVito, and great in the comedic role.

FOX has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray transfer.  The image varies in quality, with some softness causing flatness in a number of scenes. However, colors are generally rich, and contrast is often great, with deep blacks to provide terrific detail in many other scenes. Overall, it's a pleasant transfer, offering a majority of high-def quality moments. However, this isn't the title one will likely pull to demo the capabilities of superior blu-ray "jump-off-the-screen" resolution

FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.  While slightly better than the dvd counterpart, this is somewhat of a disappointing mix, hindered by the original quality of the source material. Surround quality is lacking, even when occasionally used. Fidelity is wanting for a full immersive experience. Dialogue is well balanced, however, and the mix is adequate, though nothing to brag about.

FOX has included some featurettes in standard resolution as well as deleted scenes in full HD.