Rock [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all trademarks of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage stars as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons expert handed a unique assignment. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), an insane Marine Corps general, has taken 81 tourists hostage on the abandoned island prison of Alcatraz. He and his men are threatening to bomb San Francisco with deadly gas unless $100 million is paid in war reparations to the families of servicemen killed in covert operations. Goodspeed is teamed with former British spy John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man ever to escape "The Rock," as well as a Navy SEAL team. When their military escorts are ambushed, it's up to odd couple Goodspeed and Mason to break into Alcatraz and stop Hummel. The Rock was the last film produced by Simpson, who died of a drug overdose before the film's release. Solo, his partner Bruckheimer continued making the sort of glossy, frenetic films for which the duo was famed. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
3/13/01 
Studio
Walt Disney Video
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
Length
136
Sound
  • PCM Stereo
  • 5 full-range channels. Includes 3 for the front speakers, 2 surround channels for rear speakers, & 1 low-frequency effects (LFE) channel to carry deep bass effects
  • PCM Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • Widescreen digital transfer, approved by director Michael Bay and enhanced for 16x9 televisions
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 Surround soundtracks
  • Audio commentary by Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actors Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, and technical advisor Harry Humphries
  • English subtitles
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Video interview with Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Analysis of the dive sequence's special effects, by Hoyt Yeatman of Dream Quest images
  • Movie Magic episode on the film's special effects
  • Do's and don'ts of Hollywood gunplay, with Harry Humphries and Marshall Teague
  • Excerpts from "Secrets of Alcatraz," a documentary by Á la Carte Communications
  • Storyboards, production design drawings, and production stills
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spots
  • Outtakes selected by Michael Bay
  • "The Rock" world premiere on Alcatraz
Number of Discs
2

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