The Rock courtesy Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Nicholas Cage ( National Treasure), Sean Connery ( The Untouchables), and Ed Harris ( Apollo 13) star in director Michael Bay's ( Transformers) action-packed movie, The Rock. A young FBI chemical weapons expert teams with a Federal prisoner to break into Alcatraz and stop a vengeful ex-general threatening to launch missiles loaded with deadly poison gas on an unsuspecting San Francisco.

Originally released on DVD in 1997, Disney's new Blu-ray release includes bonus material from the excellent 2001 Criterion Collection release (which was ported from their LaserDisc release). Extras include the original audio commentary featuring Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, and technical advisor Harry Humphries, The Rock world premiere, Navy SEALs on the Range, Hollywood: Humphries & Teague, Special Effects for Dive, Action Effects: Movie Magic, Outtakes, Secrets of Alcatraz, a Jerry Bruckheimer Interview, Theatrical Trailers, TV Spots, and a "Movie Showcase," featuring scenes that showcase the high definition audio and video.

The Blu-ray release features a 1080p transfer, allowing you to see details missed on DVD. The picture looks great, but the audio is amazing. Disney has included English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks, but it's the uncompressed 48 kHz/16 bit 5.1 track that sounds the best. The uncompressed audio will add a new dimension to the movie, allowing you to hear sounds that you won't notice in the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Turn it up; the movie sounds great!

As Seen on TV: Be on the lookout for John Spencer (Leo McGarry on The West Wing), John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox on The West Wing) and Vanessa Marcil (Sam Marquez on Las Vegas). If you blink you may miss Xander Berkeley ( 24) and Willie Garson ( Sex and the City). - Gord Lacey

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