It’s hard to believe it’s been this long, but the 25th Anniversary Edition of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is upon us. Fans have been clamoring for a Blu-ray release of the 1988 film, and now we finally have it.
I have to admit that each time I watch this movie, I catch something new that I never noticed before and it’s truly amazing how much attention to detail there is to get the look and feel of 1947 Los Angeles just right. Also amazing is that this is the only movie I know of that brings this any cartoon characters together and not all those characters happen to be from the same studio either! Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny skydiving together? Or how about a dueling pianos bit between Donald Duck and Daffy Duck?
Sadly, I can’t really notice much of a difference as far as picture clean-up or remastering goes, and there are no additional bonus features that weren’t on the previous “Vista Series” collector’s DVD that resides in my movie collection. That being said, I would still recommend watching (or even re-watching) the bonus features to see what a great job Bob Hoskins did in his portrayal of Eddie Valiant and how easy it is to take his performance for granted until you realize that he was acting around no visible costar for most of the film! Christopher Lloyd plays the Character of Judge Doom well, and really does a great job and making you not only dislike the character but you might even cringe a bit when he brings out “the dip” to dispense a little toon justice. Kathleen Turner is the sultry voice of nightclub singer (and Roger’s wife) Jessica Rabbit. Hey, she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way!
Worth picking up if you don’t already own the movie, or if you’re looking to upgrade your DVD copy to a Blu-ray. Just don’t do it to get anything new here, or you’ll be a bit disappointed.
- The Roger Rabbit Shorts (Digitally Restored)
Tummy Trouble, Roller-Coaster Rabbit & Trail Mix-Up
- Who Made Roger Rabbit?
- Theatrical Trailer
- Deleted Scene: “Pig’s Head”
- On Set! Benny The Cab
- Behind The Ears: The True Story
- Before & After Split-Screen
- Toon Stand-Ins
- Feature Audio Commentary
- Toontown Confidential Featuring Trivia Subs