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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Special Edition) [DVD] [1988]

Bob Hoskins , Christopher Lloyd , Robert Zemeckis    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer, Stubby Kaye
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Gary K. Wolf, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
  • Producers: Alan Dewhurst, Don Hahn, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic
  • Dubbed: Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000085RPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The words unique and groundbreaking are often bandied around in cinema, but on its original release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a genuine landmark in filmmaking. It remains a movie that has lost none of its impact. While many special effects in the cinema have a tendency to date, what is most noticeable here is how vibrant and fresh the combination of real actors and animation still appears. Created long before the days of CGI and other computer-enhanced aids, the hand-drawn characters have a real frisson and life to them that stems from their cartoon heritage (Jessica Rabbit must still rank as one of the all time great screen sex symbols). The human performances are also superb, from Hoskins' downtrodden PI to Christopher Lloyd's insane villain. Those experiencing this film for the first time will find as much to enjoy here as those who saw it years ago.

On the DVD: Who Framed Roger Rabbit on disc focuses both on the film's fun element and its background. A collection of Roger shorts is included, along with a deleted scene and a clever interactive game. The documentary charting the history of the film is a little brief and presented in an annoyingly crazy style, yet is full of fascinating snippets, particularly the pre-animation footage and the secrets of the special effects team. It is slightly disappointing that there is so little input from any of the movie's key figures, though. Technically, the film's original print and soundtrack has been given a digital overhaul, allowing Spielberg and Zemeckis' astounding vision to burst into life on the small screen. But in the end this impressive package could have delivered even more. --Phil Udell

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
When you see Bob Hoskins drive into Toon-Town and seamlessly enter a new world of crazed toons and never ending skyscrapers, your hairs will suddenly stand on end. It's a realisation that over 40,000 hand-drawn animation cells, hours and hours of endless acting to imaginary characters, and the back-up of real special effects props have been combined to create one of the greatest cinematic achievements ever, that would inevitably set the benchmark for other acting/technology hybrid films, such as Terminator 2 in 1992.

The basis of this film shouldn't be over-looked though; it's a classic case of 1940's detective work, hosted by a moody and slightly alcoholic Bob Hoskins who has never been a complete man since his brother was killed by a Toon... Thats right - Toons and Humans both live together in society. But further weight is put on Hoskins shoulders as he's put into a trap, and is left with having to protect an eccentric Toon called Roger Rabbit, who like all great toons, has an over-whelming sense of humour!

Once a mysterious murder is uncovered down at the ACME (The film is endorsed by Warner Brothers and Disney amazingly!) factory, it's up to Hoskins to discover why Roger is being put in the frame for the murder... And who the murderer 'really' is...

Prior to buying this DVD, I had a rather worn out TV-Copy of this film that simply needed replacing. Low and behold, the DVD is sitting their at my local Oxfam shop for a mere two quid! So I got it and was amazed at the picture quality. The colours have really been brought out, and although it hasn't been "stated" to have been remastered, the transfer to digital is crisp enough, with very few speckles/white spots.

Their are also some extras, though I was put off by the annoying and long menu system.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Blu ray For a Great Movie 9 Oct 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
25 years ago Roger Rabbit dazzled with it's groundbreaking mash up of live action and animation and while, by todays standards, the technology can look a little dated it's still a great film for all ages. Though, I must note, having viewed the movie again today for the first time since I was a nipper I was struck by just how far it goes in the violence stakes. Obviously, being a Disney movie, Im not talking gore here but there are a couple of scenes where I thought, 'Wow, I doubt you'd get away with that today'. Of course this never occurred to my 12 year old self when I saw the film. I loved it. And I still do. However it maybe worth considering for very young uns.

So, I love the film and, again, watching it now I much more fully appreciate the film noir-ishness which makes it an even better experience from my adult viewpoint. Indeed it reminds me very much of 'Chinatown' by Roman Polanski. A noir masterpiece.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been given a 21st century makeover in this new 25th anniversary Blu ray and its a little beauty.
The image stands up very well to scrutiny in HD and any lingering niggles are purely down to the source material and visual effects techniques. And remember we're talking live action mixed with animation on film here from 1988. Regardless, this is a nice looking Blu and seeing 'through' some of the animation techniques thanks to HD is surely all part of the charm.
The sound too is more than adequate to my ears.

As for extras, well, again this is a nice little package with some very worthwhile extra material. We get a very busy audio commentary track which is a great listen.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wonderful 14 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
Brilliant film and at an amazing price. My children (ages 8,6 and 3) absolutely adore this film. Bob Hoskins is amazing and the cartoons just look so real!
There's lots in this film for adults to see- over and over again.
One word of warning my children had previously only seen this film on video recorded from T.V. and that had had 2 or three bits cut out. Beware the 'dipping of the shoe' is in this version and they might get a bit upset.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Rabbit. See it! 26 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Who framed Roger Rabbit was hailed as a giant leap for animation. It blended the world of live action and cartoon seamlessly. It is a film that has never been bettered even though some have tried. But more than this it is one of the funniest animated films ever created. It has very engaging characters, superb plot and a plethora of cartoon cameos. All in all a fantastic cinematic treat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fantastic! 15 May 2013
By Elleppi
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Still fantastic after all these years. Maybe it's because it was still real cinema and real animation, no digital, no computer gfx, just manual. It's outrageous that Zemeckis didn't win an oscar for best direction: when it comes to such big project (see Avatar and Spielberg's movies) it's mostly about having a great director who can stay on top of things. And he succeeded even without digital previsualization. All in his mind! The blu ray is top like the movie
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rabbit Gets Some Justice At Last 22 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
Filmmakers have been combining animation and live action since the days of silent film--but 1988's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT not only bested everything done previously, it set a standard that is unlikely to be surpassed. Although it has been available on VHS and in a mediocre DVD release for quite a few years, the film finally gets the star treatment in this "Vista Series" double DVD release, which includes the film in both pan-and-scan and letterbox formats and an assortment of extras, many of which are quite interesting.
The concept and story are well known: cartoon characters are not drawings, but are living entities who work in the film industry, and when Maroon Cartoon star Roger Rabbit is accused of murdering Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), he turns to private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) for help. Trouble is, Eddie hates "Toons." After all, one of them offed his brother, and Eddie hasn't been sober since. The concept is a clever one, and the story could have gone in any number of directions--but ROGER RABBIT hops down a completely unexpected trail. Set in 1947 Los Angeles, the film uses classic "noir" elements (and references everything from THE MALTESE FALCON to CHINATOWN); it also makes considerable sly social commentary on racism, with the "Toons" performing in a Cotton Club-like nightclub, literally working for peanuts at the studios, and more or less confined to living in "Toontown," which might easily be read as social ghettoization. And all of these sidelights are interesting and entertaining. But the most attractive thing about ROGER RABBIT is that it is just plain fun to watch.
Part of that fun comes from the marvelous performances of Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd (as the evil Judge Doom), and Joanna Cassidy (Valiant's sidekick Delores), who lead the live action cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work.
5 Stars for the blueray and movie.

This disc is a very good example, how you have to remaster an older movie.

The picturequality is excellent. Read more
Published 8 days ago by David Rudisile
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value
good price very speedy delivery combined with a product that plays perfectly, it has provided hours of fun to my grandson, instead of him playing on his x box for hours
Published 10 days ago by ABl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Loved this film when it first came out when my boys were young so I wanted to get for my grandson so that he could enjoy it too
Published 1 month ago by hunnybunny
5.0 out of 5 stars pure joy
Bob Hoskins plays Eddie valiant in a. Make believe cartoon town
Lots of old favorites here ,including dumbo The effect are great and colourful
Published 1 month ago by g white film buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddening!
At least, it nearly drove Bob Hoskins mad making it. After so much filming talking to & interacting with characters that simply weren't there, he reportedly experienced problems... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr M.R.Watkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Wonderful memories from childhood for child who has now grown up. Have the video, but decided to purchase as a memento for adulthood.
Published 2 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Rabbit
I had a vhs version which I hadn't watched in many years. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie this time after not seeing it in such a long time.
Published 2 months ago by &&&&&&&&&
4.0 out of 5 stars still good to watch
Even now with all the new SF that's around this movie is still great to watch. Bob Hoskins is brilliant.
Published 2 months ago by T. Bodell
5.0 out of 5 stars Down memory lane
Wanted to share my enthusiasm for the 'toons with my girls. The 12 year old one understood the story better, but the 7 year old got a little spooked by the eyes of the mad 'toons!
Published 2 months ago by Jeanne Rahanta
5.0 out of 5 stars we love it!
Went to the cinema to watch is when first release, so when I sow the DVD I could not resist, a bit od nostalgia I suppose. I bough it to watch with my girls as a family movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sabrina Little
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