- Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary Blu-ray
- Price: £11.00
- Starring: Bob Hoskins
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, French
- Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 25 Mar 2013
- Run Time: 103 minutes
The words unique and groundbreaking are often bandied around in cinema, but on its original release in 1988, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a genuine landmark in filmmaking. It remains a movie that has lost none of its impact. While many special effects in the cinema have a tendency to date, what is most noticeable here is how vibrant and fresh the combination of real actors and animation still appears. Created long before the days of CGI and other computer-enhanced aids, the hand-drawn characters have a real frisson and life to them that stems from their cartoon heritage (Jessica Rabbit must still rank as one of the all time great screen sex symbols). The human performances are also superb, from Hoskins’ downtrodden PI to Christopher Lloyd’s insane villain. Those experiencing this film for the first time will find as much to enjoy here as those who saw it years ago.
On the DVD:Who Framed Roger Rabbit on disc focuses both on the film’s fun element and its background. A collection of Roger shorts is included, along with a deleted scene and a clever interactive game. The documentary charting the history of the film is a little brief and presented in an annoyingly crazy style, yet is full of fascinating snippets, particularly the pre-animation footage and the secrets of the special effects team. It is slightly disappointing that there is so little input from any of the movie’s key figures, though. Technically, the film’s original print and soundtrack has been given a digital overhaul, allowing Spielberg and Zemeckis’ astounding vision to burst into life on the small screen. But in the end this impressive package could have delivered even more.
One of the many films that Grampa Geek took me to see in the cinema was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a film that completely blew me away as a child. It was a wonderful experience that I can still remember vividily. The short prior to the film was something new to me as well the concept being not only exciting, but great fun.
Latterly, Roger starred in a short prior to Gremlins 2 (Let me know if I’m wrong) which again sparked interest and excitement. It’s a shame that going to the cinema isn’t as special as it once was (in particular when Old Man Geek went as a child). Something as basic as a few old cartoons before a movie would help people to accept the astronomical prices of seeing a film in the cinema, in particular with a horde of screaming kids!
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 25th Anniversary Blu-ray is in my shopping basket and I can’t to show it to Mini Geek. It might not be in the cinema, but hopefully it will be a lasting memory.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit [Blu-ray]£11.00
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