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The Rock (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [1996] [DVD]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Rock is directed by Michael Bay and written by David Weisberg, Douglas Cook & Mark Rosner. It stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, David Morse, William Forsythe & Michael Biehn.

When a highly decorated army general (Harris) decides that he's had enough of his men dying, and not getting the credit they deserve; he commandeers Alcatraz prison with a crack unit of Mercs. The plan is to hold the government to ransom or unleash from the prison biological rockets to bring Armageddon down on America. Enter chemical weapons expert Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (Cage), who is forced to team up with the only man ever to escape Alcatraz-the mysteriously incarcerated in secret John Patrick Mason (Connery)-to break into the Rock and thwart the plans of the Mercs.

So Cage as a chemistry expert who possible holds the fate of the world in his shaky hands? Connery, aged 66, as a tough prison escapee sporting a "Grunge" haircut? And Ed Harris, surely a bastion of patriotic Americana, turning bad and wanting to unleash hell on the Stars & Stripes? To expect nothing else but a berserker Michael Bayhem picture based on these facts is surely folly? He certainly has a varied CV does Bay, as do the leading actors on show here. But when on form, with writers prepared to put blood into the characters, Bay can deliver high octane entertainment if it features a cast clearly in tune with the material. Such is the case here. It's no award winner. Naturally. But it does have some political smarts in the script. And if you want explosions, shoot outs and quips aplenty? Then this really will serve you well for a couple of hours. 7.5/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is without doubt one of the best 'action' films of the '90's' .
A team of ex-army mercenairies led by a 'u.s' war hero 'General Francis X Hummel' ( played by 'Ed Harris') steal 'rocket launchers' and 'misiles' along with a deadly chemical to load.
The group take over 'Alcatraz' from where they hold 'San Francisco to ransom.
The military cheifs on the mainland assemble a 'crack' team to over-power the mercenairies and rescue the '81' hostages held, 'Nicholas Cage' plays the part of a chemical weapons' specialist 'Stanley Goodspeed'( F.B.I ) joins the team to hopefully disarm the misiles, because a full-on assault would be suicide the military chiefs approach an ex-S.A.S. officer 'John Patrick Mason' ( played by 'Sean Connery') who is years on still considered 'dangerous' , however being the only prisoner to have ever escaped from 'Alcatraz' he possesses special knowledge of 'the rock' he is offered his freedom for his assistance.
This is still a brilliant 'action' film which includes a 'superb' car-chase sequence, and great action and suspense on 'The Rock'
Is the film made in the mid-'90's' worth buying on 'blu-ray' ?
Well, technology has moved on considerably since the making of this film.
The transfer is in truth not the best, the visual defenition is obviously considerably enhanced, but not nearly as good as more recent transfer's, the 'audio' again is not as sharp as you might expect from more recent productions, however somewhat sharper
than on 'DVD'
The overall effect is enhanced and i am glad to have it in my 'Bu-ray' collection.
The bottom line is, it is a very good film, well worth revisiting or maybe watching for the first time.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2008
Well, based on the other review on Amazon, as well as a couple more elsewhere, I purchased The Rock on DVD last week. It had been my favourite film for a good few years after watching it shortly after it's release. Good story, stong and convincing characters played by Connery, Cage and Harris and a generally great action packed film. I then noticed Amazon's 3 for 2 on selected BluRay discs. Well, I wasn't sure what to buy. But after watching The Rock again I decided I wanted to give it a go, and see if the difference really was poor. In the end, I'd say no. It's a great improvement on the DVD Much clearer visually and the sound is also much better. I'd recommend buying this on BluRay, as it's a fantastic film, and I believe there is a marked improvement on the DVD, which is now going to a friend.

I watched it on my 26" Sony Bravia KDL26P3020U - via my Playstation 3 (HDMI) set to 1080i (although at this size, there's no difference between 1080i and 720p)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2013
Set in America on Alcatraz (Once a famous prison on an island off Mainland USA from which is said no-one escaped from. No one that is apart from Sean Connery, an secret Agent once working for British Secret Service who DID escape from Alcatraz and has been incarcerated. Now his services are required to get young FBI agent played by Nicholas Cage onto the Island, save hostages and stop
a lunatic soldiers from destroying through chemical welfare many tens of thousands of innocents
by special FBI agent with Chemical Warfare expertise. Various twists throughout this fast moving story. I've seen it four times
and still love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2001
Don't get me wrong. I love this film. I think it is one of the best action films out there. If I were just reviewing the film, it would have to be 4 or 5 stars. But this is the DVD. Where the best film is totally ruined by the film being double sided. Flipping half-way through, when the tension is building, is one of the worst ideas I have seen. Admittedly, the quality of the remastering is superb, but why on two sides? Much longer films (eg. Heat) fit entirely on one side. Stick to VHS for this brilliant film, the DVD will leave you too disapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2000
OK, it's not the best film that Simpson Bruckheimer and Bay, have produced. However, The Rock is still cool. It is interesting to see Nic Cage start on his path as action hero, and to see Sean Connery reprise his role of 007, (Isn't that the sort of mission 007 would have been sent on? Think about it, and the dates mentioned, what was connery acting in at the time?)
As with all the films that have digitally mastered on the cover, the picture is exceptional. I would have wanted more Bass in my explosions though, and the 5.1 soundtrack is not used to it's full potential. The film is still well worth it's purchase price, well done Amazon.
I would say that there are absolutely no extras though, when will the studios realise that we don't want to have to flip our disk half way through, and the reason we convert to DVD is for the additional information DVD provides. DVD is the format for the film buff and the studios should look at the extras provided on the JAWS special edition as an example of true value for money. Anyway enough moaning, if you liked The Rock at the cinema buy it, but not for any extras......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a great film for that Friday night with a beer, pizza and a few friends. Embittered Army General Ed Harris has pinched a few nasty chemical warheads and has holed up on Alcatraz with them, threatening to launch them on San Francisco if the American Government does not meet his demands. Nicholas Cage is the amiable FBI chemicals expert tasked with defusing them. Sean Connery is the FBI's dirty secret, an Englishman held secretly in jail, who happens to be the only man to have escaped from Alcatraz, and is Cage's only hope of getting in.

Directed with vigour by Michael Bay, and featuring a talented cast who get right into the spirit of things, this is an enjoyable romp. With plenty of big stunts, gun fights, explosions, thrills and spills along the way it's big and loud and a lot of fun.

Presented in widescreen with a decent 5.1 surround sound, the only extra is a disposable commentary. However, this is a decent budget release of a great non-stop action thriller. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2004
I have watched this film both in the cinema and on its DVD release and find myself enjoying it each time. Sean Connery can limit himself due to his accent but in this film he meets all expectations. Both funny and tragic, it is Nicolas Cage who comes across as the new boy on the block but with or without expectations he still manages to meet the heroic demands of his character. Highly enjoyable with the American military coming across as there usual over the top movie type soldiers while the SAS Connery is the street wise kid from Glasgow (or more accurately Edinburgh) who just kills the bad guys in a more efficient way. As we Brits in the military really do of course.
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VINE VOICEon 22 March 2015
Bedfore Michael Bay took on asteroids and giant robots he directed two mid nineties action films that raised the game for the genre, Bad Boysband The Rock.

Badboys wad a kind of nineties Beverley Hills Cop, which is not a coincidence sine super producer Jerry Bruckheimer was behind both, whilst the rock gives a new twist on the hostage/terrorist takeover movies that hit cinemas in the wake of Diehard (another game changer for action fans).

Bay comes from the frentic music video style of direction, and style is what he is all about, he litterly took up the mantle from late great Tony Scott in fast action, fast editing and massive amounts of slow motion, all glossed in well lit heavy rainfall or golden sun lit skys.

The Rock is arguably Bays best film.

An adult action thriller, made better by an all star cast (most of the support actors are well known TV or film faces).

The three main leads Connery as grizzled convict, Cage as nerdy scientist and Harris as noble Marine General with a grudge against U.S goverment absolutely deliver in terms of making each character sympathetic and believable.

Harris and his team of marines take the 'Rock' and a bunch of tourists hostage demanding millions of dollars for former fallan comrades or he will rdlease Nerve gas rockets onto San Francisco kiling millions.

Cage is the super chemichal freak called into access the Island with a guard team of Navy seals and Connery's former inmate to make use of hi intimate knowledge of the facility.

Cue lots of jokey bickering between the nerd scientist and hardened (older James Bond); as they face off against the marines and try to find the nerve gas rockets.

Full of explosions, gun shoot outs,and an epic car chase this is a well scripted, well acted action fest that ranks amongst the best made.

It does sometimes get a little to gung ho and caught up in machoism but for the most part is an intelligent blockbuster ful of memorable scenes.
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on 10 February 2011
this is truely a great action film, which is action packed from start to finnish, it stars some of the biggest names in film history sean connery, nicholas cage and ed harris, it has a run time of over two hours and unlike most action films that just portray needless violence this film actually has a plot and story line, i gave this film 5 stars just for the plot thats without the fantastic acting from the lead actors

right to the film the film has as the baddie ed harris playing a general, a solider who fought 3 tours in vietnam, dessert storm and led his men into hundreds of black ops, he has become marginilised from his governemnt and army due to the fact when a black ops soldier is killed in action his men who gave their lives get no recognition medals and their loved ones are given no compensation just feeble reasons and causes of death, he has tried to change this but in the end desides his only course of action is to with non lethal force gain pocession of some chemical and biological weapons and take alcatraz island and prison along with the tourists on the island hostage and threaten san francisco with destruction by releasing the chemical weapons which would wipe out hundreds of thousand of civilians

then enters nick cage as a chemical weapons whiz the fbi's top chemical weapons chappie and sean connerys character james mason, a former sas man who the american government has imprisoned for thirty years with no recognition and no one knowing why or where he is imprisoned, he is bought in because he is the only man ever to have escaped from alcatraz when he was as he says a former guest of the island

now im not going to tell you anymore of what happens as i dont want to ruin the film but the entire film is action packed and has a emotional impact where you even feel sympathy for the baddie, ed harris and for his reasons for taking such action which goes against everything he has fought for all his life as a soldier

this is truly a great action flick which takes pride of place in my film collection and would be a good addition to yours too
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