Has it really been twenty years since The Rocketeer hit theaters? Amazing. Even more amazing is how Disney botched the DVD release giving it a non-anamorphic video presentation and never re-releasing it in anamorphic widescreen. But after Disney held a 20th Anniversary screening last June at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood, which included Kevin Smith as the host and a new print of the film, we should have expected some kind of an announcement. Didn’t happen. At least now the film’s devoted fans will be happy to know that The Rocketeer will be heading to the high-def format before year’s end.
Amazon currently has a pre-order listing for a 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray with a release date of December 13th and a $26.50 SRP (current pre-order price is $18.49).
There’s yet to be an official announcement from Disney, but this artwork-subject-to-change cover art suggests that an announcement is looming.
Though a more ideal release date would have been the week Captain America: The First Avenger hits Blu-ray in October. Joe Johnston, who directed Captain America, helmed The Rocketeer and it received mostly positive reviews but couldn’t become that mainstream hit that Disney had hoped. The film stars Billy Campbell (TV’s The Killing) as a stunt pilot and mechanic in 1930s California who comes across stolen jet-pack designed by Howard Hughes. The superhero adventure, based on Dave Stevens’ retro comic, also stars Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton and Alan Arkin.
Okay, Disney, this is a good start. Now where the hell is Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Dick Tracy?
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