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|Romancing the Stone |
Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
When her sister is kidnapped by thugs searching for a priceless jewel in the Colombian jungle, a romance novelist (Kathleen Turner) soon finds her own life filled with cliffhangers and danger. All alone, she sets out to re... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 11/4/2014...
Why do they date this movie as a 2000 something? It was made in 1984 and was the beginning of a very successful run of movies starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny Devito! Romancing The Stone introduces audiences to Jack Colton (Michael Douglas) intrepid "Indiana Jones" type adventurer who doesn't mind breaking a few laws along the way and Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner), a successful romance novel writer. Soon they encounter a sleazy thief played so well by Douglas long time buddy, Danny Devito. Along the way they encounter plenty of action and danger down in Columbia (actually filmed in Mexico). This is the type of movie that is always entertaining, filled with memorable quotes and plenty of action laughs and just plain fun! Watch this one then look for Jewel of the Nile and also War of the Roses, all of which star Douglas, Turner, and Devito. Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) directed Romancing The Stone.
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Beth P. (dvdswapee)
Reviewed on 12/7/2012...
Too much profanity for me. Watched just the first 15 minutes.
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Fox cheaps out on DVD conversion
Robert Mueller | Chicago, Illinois United States | 01/05/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I will not argue about the story,the stars and the production. this is a great all around movie. But it deserved a far better DVD transfer then Fox gave it. They chose to cheap out on a very good soundtrack and pass on a DD 5.1 upgrade, leaving the original (VHS) Dolby 2.0. The film transfer is at times grainy and no better than VHS, in fact we compared it to the tape and found it about the same.The film was transferred to a 2.35 wide screen format. The only "extra" was the original trailer. Fox was certainly after the quick buck on this conversion. We give the film 5 stars for its entertainment value, but 0 for it's DVD technical merits. I guess that makes it a 3 overall. Michael Douglas/Robert Zemekis how could you let Fox do this to your film."
L. Shirley | fountain valley, ca United States | 08/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review refers to the DVD edition(Twentieth Cent Fox) of "Romancing The Stone"....
I could not even think of going less than 5 stars on this film. It is one that is as enjoyable the 50th time you watch as it was the first. If it was playing on TV, I could not pass it, without stopping to watch it. So when I saw it at such a great price, I could not pass it up. Here's my only problem with it...I'm having a heck of a time trying to decide what genre to put it with. It has something for everybody. Action-Adventure, Comedy, and Romance. It's a Caper and a Cliffhanger.
Here's the story for those that may have missed this gem....
Joan Wilder(Kathleen Turner)is a romance novelist who's hopes and dreams are to be swept off her feet by a man like Jessie, the hero of her adventurous stories. She's about to have her own adventure though, one that includes a man, well... not quite like Jessie,but a hero in his own way, Jack T. Colton(Michael Douglas). He has dreams too. And he's into "short-cuts" to make them come true.
After coming into possession of a mysterious treasure map, Joan finds herself in the jungles of Columbia. She must use the map to bargain for her kidnapped sister's life. Things are not going smoothly though. All kinds of villains are after the map. Enter Jack to the rescue, but are his intentions to help her or is he also after the treasure at the end of the map?? Find out as things go downhill(literally), they are swinging from vines, fighting off crocodiles, and are all the time being chased by bad cops and bumbling thieves, including the likes of Danny DeVito!
Good job by Twentieth Century Fox.I was pretty pleased with the DVD. The picture is one of the better non-anamorphic transfers I have seen. It is presented in widescreen(Aspect Ratio 2.35:1), is clear and bright in all scenes, with great color. The sound(DD Surround), including the always wonderful scoring by Alan Silvestri is very good.All the action is sharp and crisp. The only minor thing about it is the dialouge seemed low at times. I would have to turn it up and then during action sequences, turn it back down a bit. This was only on occassion and not a big problem. No special features, but there is a theatrical trailer and it may be viewed in French(also Dolby Surround) and has subtitles in English and Spanish.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it is a wild and romantic ride. Take it.. and then watch the sequel..."Jewel Of The Nile".
Go for it....and thanks....Laurie.....p.s. It's in my comedy section ...for now!
update: new and improved editions of both films in great 2 pack:Romancing the Stone / Jewel of the Nile"
Romancing the Stone
Kelly | Littleton, Colorado | 04/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Joan Wilder is a highly successful romance novelist that longs for the same kind of adventures she writes for her characters. When she receives a call to deliver a map to Columbia in exchange for her kidnapped sister, she is on the next plane. Upon landing, Joan inadvertently takes the wrong bus, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Others after the same map follow her, and try to take it from her, but Jack saves the day. Although he charges to taking stranded ladies to safety, she follows his lead. This is such a great action adventure movie! One of the best I have ever seen. Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas have some great on screen chemistry - in fact they sizzle.