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Romancing The Stone [VHS]


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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Zack Norman, Alfonso Arau
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Diane Thomas, Howard Franklin, Lem Dobbs, Treva Silverman
  • Producers: Michael Douglas, Jack Brodsky, Joel Douglas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJW7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,627 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romantic novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) finds her stories coming to life when she enlists the help of mercenary Jack Colton (Michael Douglas) to find her sister missing in Columbia, and the priceless El Corazon jewel. As Joan has the only map leading to the treasure, the pair are relentlessly pursued through the jungle, where passion blooms. With Danny DeVito, Zack Norman and Mary Ellen Trainor.

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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 novelist who gets stuck among some dangerous figures in Colombia and has only a rumpled guide (Michael Douglas) as an ally. The chemistry between the stars in Romancing the Stone is infectious (the trio went on to make a sequel, The Jewel of the Nile and then an interesting, dark comedy directed by DeVito, The War of the Roses). Zemeckis--whose speciality at the time was creating set pieces of raucous action (as in his Back to the Future)--keeps things hopping with lots of kinetic material. --Tom Keogh

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MICHAELM on 20 Aug. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Romancing the stone features a very good blu ray transfer. Colours are bright and detail is strong, sound quality is also good. My only complaint is that there are rather a lot of soft shots throughout the movie that are very noticeable on the blu ray transfer.
Overall, this is a big step up from the dvd version and it should please fans of the movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
As the story starts we are treated to a realistic western and look back at the cover to be sure we have the correct DVD. Yep it is the correct one.

A romance novelist, Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner of "Body Heat" 1981 fame) wants to fall in love with the type of hero she created in her novels. Fat chance she has hanging around her New York City apartment.

Perchance her sister Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor), looking for the other body parts of Elaine's dismembered husband, is kidnapped and ransomed by ruthless people, (Danny DeVito and Zack Norman.)
This just happens to be in Columbia. It seems that there are other interested parties that are down right vicious.

Will Joan Wilder find the type of romance she writes about or just a snot?

Prepare for a great adventure.
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The movie was filmed in Mexico. I have not been to Columbia but I have seen several of the places in Mexico. It does not diminish the film what so ever.

I saw this film several times previous to the Blu-ray packaging and I really can not say if the resolution or jut big screen TV makes a difference. However looking at the extra footage make me feel that they did a good job of restoration.

The Blu-ray edition has several extras.
Danny explains why he likes to use the word "maricon!"
The deleted scenes are really alternate scenes.
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If you like juggle adventures with home bound people do not miss "Call Me Bwana" (1963) with Bob Hope
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm old enough to remember seeing both "Romancing The Stone" (1984) and it's tasty follow up "Jewel Of The Nile" (1985) in the cinema (to wildly appreciative audiences) and thinking what a huge breath of fresh air both films were. Michael Douglas and the sexy Kathleen Turner hamming it up in Columbian jungles like characters out of her romance novels (exuding rare chemistry and genuine star quality) while Danny DeVito’s sleazoid character Ralph gets the crumpled suits and the drug-dealer’s share of the great one-liners.

But British fans of both films should note that the 'US' 20th Century Fox BLU RAYS of each are REGION A LOCKED - so they will not play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Stick with the now released UK versions – and wait until they hit the ‘2 for £10’ lists. They look better than the DVDs I’ve had all these years and both movies are as memory-refreshing as stumbling on a Grateful Dead jacket in the pilot’s seat of a crashed plane…
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "stevenfeeney" on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
This film has been a family favourite for years. Without actually spoiling the plot I will say that its a adventure rom com set in Columbia with gorgeous scenery and fantastic characters. A favourite among kids and adults.
If you liked Indiana Jones or Sahara you will love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elliott on 16 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Great film. Great hero in Douglas and great legs from Turner. Even pint sized 'taxi' tv star Devito plays a quality part. If you want a fun filled film for family then this Gem ticks all the right boxes! Bring out on Blu Ray.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 May 2008
Format: DVD
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a famous romance novelist. A hopeless romantic, she is still single. She lives in New York City and is used to city life.

All that changes when her sister is kidnapped down in Columbia. She quickly takes off to ransom her, bringing the treasure map that the kidnappers demand. But when she gets on the wrong bus, she is stranded and meets up with Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas), an American. Unfortunately, she is being followed by several goons. Can Jack keep her safe? Will Joan ever find true love? Who will get the treasure? And will Joan's sister be rescued?

This movie is obviously 80's fluff with plenty of cheese, and some of the effects show their age. But it is plenty of fun. After a slow start, the film quickly picks up speed and become quite addicting. There are several great action sequences. But there are also plenty of laughs between the one liners and the bumbling bad guy played by Danny DeVito. I felt the romance was rather forced most of the time, but by the end I bought into it.

The film is rated PG, but that is only because PG-13 hadn't been invented yet. The film is filled with bad language, mostly the "S" word, and there's plenty of violence to go around as well.

Mostly, this is a fun though dated adventure romance. It should please just about everyone who can enjoy the 80's feel.
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Format: VHS Tape
This video classic brings in the three most popular genres: action, comedy and romance. The on-screen chemistry between Douglas and Turner is the source of its success, their repartee is electric. I thought the music in it was perfect. It is an extremely underrated film, you forget how good it really is. Definitely one to keep in the video cabinet!
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