It's not often a family film causes as much of a stir as the technically groundbreaking "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" Certainly the lack of a good DVD release has frustrated fans for years, but this new special edition disc was worth the wait.
Picture The image transfer on this DVD is something special. The animation, solid in colour and shading, is backed against a near grain-free live action film that's detailed and sharp.
Sound A lot of fun has been had in creating this new 5.1 sound mix. It features plenty of silly effects, particularly from the rear speakers, which add to the fun.
Enter the "extra features" menu of the DVD and you'll find yourself in an Acme warehouse that's full of loony little Easter-egg style animations. Pick the right box and you get access to the main goodies.
Toontown Confidential Select this option and during the film you get a subtitle track thick with facts on the making of the film, quotes from people involved, in-jokes explained, and much more.
In amongst this sea of information, you'll find the three rules of combining animation with live action that animation director Richard Williams followed in order to create the revolutionary look of the movie:
1. Move the camera as much as possible so the toons don't look pasted onto flat backgrounds.
2. Use lighting and shadows to an extreme that had never before been attempted.
3. Have the toons interact with real world objects and people as much as possible.
The Roger Rabbit Shorts Three seven-minute Roger Rabbit shorts were created to show alongside with theatrical runs of certain films. You'll find these amusing adventures, where Roger invariably stuffs up looking after Baby Herman, presented in 5.1 sound.
Who Made Roger Rabbit? Charles Fleischer, maniacal voice of Roger Rabbit, hosts this new 11-minute look at the making of this technically complex movie. The presentation is designed to appeal to kids, but the bizarre behind-the-scenes footage of Bob Hoskins grappling with thin air will fascinate all.
Trouble in Toontown Save the Acme watertower by throwing pies and thumping weasels with mallets in this fun, interactive game. If you're not very good at it, you'll repeatedly have to answer questions to progress anywhere.
The Pig Head Scene The scene cut from the movie was ironically the one completed first with finished animation. It involves Bob Hoskins getting a toon pig head painted on him. Cut for reasons of pace, it's quite a disturbing three minutes.
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Tracks: Multiple languages
Subtitles: English and multiple languages
Menus: Time and trouble has gone into creating inventively silly and enjoyable animated menus
Special Features Subtitles: None of the special features come with subtitles.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.