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Romancing the Stone
Romancing the Stone
Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
PG     1999     1hr 46min

Director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Contact) had a hit with this 1984 comedy that first teamed Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito. Turner steals the show from the guys, however, playing a pushy romance ...  more »

     

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Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Creators: Michael Douglas, Jack Brodsky, Joel Douglas, Diane Thomas, Howard Franklin, Lem Dobbs, Treva Silverman
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Michael Douglas, Romantic Comedies
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/25/1999
Original Release Date: 03/30/1984
Theatrical Release Date: 03/30/1984
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Marianne R. (sonnen) from AUSTIN, TX
Reviewed on 7/1/2011...
This is one of my all-time favorite movies and, as a rule, I can barely tolerate "romantic comedies." Kathleen Turner is superb (Michael Douglas--always is), and I wish she starred in more films.

My only issue with this disc is the sound quality; a previous review mentioned the video quality--I didn't have a problem with the picture, although if you are a "young" person with 20/20 vision, you may very well not be satisfied with the video display. Sound is a different animal altogether. I had the DVD player's volume turned all the way up (something I've never done before), and still wished for more sound! (Of course, my ears are more or less on a par with my eyes). But, if that wouldn't bother you, it's still one of the greatest films ever in this particular genre.

An interesting element was the original movie trailer, which appears to be in the original VHS format, so that's a wonderful moment in history--the video of yesterday's heritage paired with the transfer of today--I actually found myself missing VHS (sound quality) and a nostalgic longing for the 3-D grain of VHS (obviously, not everyone will share a similar longing!)
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Lisa F. from BALDWIN, MD
Reviewed on 2/24/2011...
I had seen this movie years ago and loved it so I wanted a copy of it. I still love it! It has lots of action as well as romance. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are classic!
Jim D. (lightman9) from HANOVER, MA
Reviewed on 6/17/2010...
This is one of our family's favorite action adventure movies. It has a great cast, humor and a good ending.
Marla W. (disneyprincess) from MARSHFIELD, MA
Reviewed on 3/20/2010...
Why do I love this movie? My husband asks me that all the time because he can't STAND it! It's a good old-fashioned action adventure movie with romance thrown in for good measure. Where else can you see that? They just don't make movies like this anymore! The cast does an amazing job. Kathleen Turner was at her best as the innocent Joan in the beginning who definitely comes out of her shell in the end. Michael Douglas is really funny and sexy in this movie. Danny DeVito just cracks me up! Whether he's sleeping in his roofless car or is trying to not show his face in a Colombian Police Station where he sees a Wanted poster with his picture on it, you just gotta love him!

Movie Reviews

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."
Treasure Hunt...
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.
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