- The Rocketeer. 1991. PG
The Rocketeer was a good movie. I thought it would be bad, but it was actually great. I thought it was going to be bad because Rocketeer sounds like Mouseketeer with a rocket pack. My favorite parts were when the dude flew with the rocket pack.
The Rocketeer was one of the last, big blockbusters from the pre-computer graphics era. It holds up surprisingly well and looks fantastic on Blu-ray. The image is crisp and the sound is crystal clear. I was expecting the kids to laugh at the non-digital special effects, but the physical stunts and effects were so well done, that it came across rather seamless and better than I remembered. There were only a few times when a flying scene looked matted.
Although it is purported as being the 20th Anniversary Edition, there is nothing special outside of the film, itself. There are no featurettes and no making of specials. The only extra is the 1991 theatrical trailer and it looks like it was recorded on a VHS camcorder while in the theater.
This is a definite buy. Considering that most previous releases were panned for being muddy, this is your opportunity to own a great copy of an extremely underrated and exciting film.