The Rock
Hollywood Pictures / 1996 / 131 Mins / Rated R18+


MOVIE
Michael Bay is one of the most visual directors working in Hollywood today, Armageddon, Bad Boys had a wonderful visual style. The Rock is no exception. Ed Harris is General Hummel, he's not too happy with the government so he steals some chemical weapons and takes control of Alcatraz. The FBI enlist John Mason, the only man to escape Alcatraz, he hitches a ride with Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) and some marines to stop the General and take back the island. This is a movie brimming with action, and is a delight to watch. Yes it might be a popcorn movie but it's a very stylish one. 
VIDEO
The Rock has a very sharp transfer that is 16:9 enhanced, shadow detail was as good as can be expected considering the movie type, Michael Bay's other movies generally tend to have the same type of shadow detail. Still better than a lot of other movies.

There were no MPEG artifacts were present on this disc. There was some major film grain throughout. Colors were vivid.

The Rock is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

This is an flipper disc, and is very annoying, in fact is the worst disc I have seen, right in the middle of the action about an hour in while the marines enter Alcatraz. Why Buena Vista.

AUDIO
Sensational a very immersive and engaging Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The sound steering is nothing short of spectacular and you really feel enveloped. The dialog does get slightly hard to hear at times with all the noise. The .1 channel pumped throughout.
EXTRAS
None whatsoever.
FINAL THOUGHTS
A great movie, with a good video transfer on a badly designed flipper disc. Still better than the R1 version though. I hope they remaster this one

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 09 Jun 2000 01:15:00 +1100 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating R18+
Running Time: 131 Mins
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 11/6/1999
Catalog Number: 34510
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Buena Vista
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: No Label
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters:

Side A 9
Side B 13
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: Yes
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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