Romancing The Stone: Special Edition

DVD Reviews | Sep 4th, 2006

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Starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Written By: Diane Thomas
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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Now this is a movie I used to watch all the time but I haven’t seen it in years. It use to play on HBO and other cable stations constantly and every time it was on, I usually ended up watching it. To this day, this is one role I always remember Michael Douglas in. Now there is a special edition DVD out for fans of the flick to enjoy!

Romancing The Stone is about romance novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) who lives for, and in, a fantasy world. When her sister is kidnapped in Colombia, Joan flies there to save her sister. She has to bring captors a treasure map in order to save her. While getting stranded in the rain forest, she crosses path with a strange wanderer named Jack Dolton (Michael Douglas). Jack is just the type of guy she writes about in her novels and fiction starts to become a reality. Jack and Joan get caught up in some serious business down there and end up having to run from bandits, corrupt cops and have to avoid getting bitten by poisonous snakes, and dying from mudslides. They end up discovering a giant green stone worth millions but at the same time still save Joan’s sister.

This movie was just a lot of fun when it was released. I haven’t seen this in a long time but it’s still entertaining and holds up well. They just don’t make these types of movies like this anymore. One filled with comedy, action, adventure and romance. Maybe films like the Mummy & Pirates of the Caribbean come to mind but I wish this type of genre was made more, and just as good as this one. The trio of Douglas, Turner and DeVito were great and I can see why they made a sequel. Though I don’t think it’s as good as this one. There was just something about Romancing the Stone that made it a great film. It could be the fast pace action in the jungle, the beautiful scenery, the funny jokes & great acting of Michael Douglas ans Kathleen Turner. Just the story was entertaining and great to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon (which is what I did!).

Since this is a special edition DVD, you have a lot of extras that weren’t on the original Romancing the Stone Dvd. I’m assuming there were nothing on the first DVD. This time around, you have a far superior DVD for the movie that brings back the original cast to talk about the film. There’s a Look Back featurette where Douglas, Turner, DeVito and others talk about the movie. It’s the usual stuff, but it’s great to hear stories from the cast. Besides that featurette, there are plenty of other things to watch like deleted scenes, the actors pick out their favorite scenes of the movie, and a few other things. There’s stuff worth checking out after you see the movie.

Romancing the Stone is a timeless, entertaining action-adventure comedy that everyone should enjoy. It’s got great acting, a cool story, exciting action and funny scenes. So go out and buy the new Special Edition DVD, get out the popcorn and watch this DVD when it’s nice and shitty outside.

Deleted Scenes:
Jack T. Colton
By the River
Keep Quiet
Treasure Map
Campfire on a Cargo Plane
Romancing the Stone
The Book Signing

Rekindling The Romance: A Look Back
A Hidden Treasure: The Screenwriter
Romancing The Stone
Michael Douglas Remembers


Widescreen 1.85:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: The mudslide scene, the jeep chase scene, and the ending was great too!
Rating: PG
Running Time: 106 minutes
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