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Worth the Upgrade?

Is ''Romancing the Stone'' worth the upgrade? -- New interviews and deleted scenes make the reissue Robert Zemeckis comedy shine

Is ''Romancing the Stone'' worth the upgrade?

Robert Zemeckis' croc-infested Colombian adventure was an inspired blend of Butch Cassidy and The African Queen. A new special edition of Romancing the Stone (PG, 105 mins., 1984) promises long-lost gems.

ORIGINAL
Crocodiles must've gobbled all the goods from the 1999 DVD. The only bonus, the film's original theatrical trailer, is interesting as evidence of how primitive coming attractions used to be. Danny DeVito hamming for the camera? You'll find slicker homemade trailers on YouTube.

REISSUE
New interviews with the film's dynamic trio — Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, plus DeVito — highlight a package that also features eight deleted scenes. ''You could take those three characters and put them anywhere,'' says Jewel of the Nile co-writer Mark Rosenthal in a ''Favorite Scenes'' featurette. ''They've established this dramatic/comedic connection with each other that will always be satisfying.''

VERDICT
No contest, though the new SE's absentees leave a conspicuous void. Screenwriter Diane Thomas' fatal 1985 car accident haunts the four short featurettes. Zemeckis, who springboarded into Back to the Future, is simply a no-show. Fortunately, Rosenthal's sharp observation about the core characters remains true for the SE extras.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints
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