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The Rocker

The life of Robert "Fish" Fishman (Rainn Wilson) is like "the big one" that got away. During the 1980s, he was kicked out of his rock band just before the group attained superstar status. But after twenty years of being a little minnow, the drummer gets a second chance to cast his hook into the pond of stardom--thanks to his nephew's high school band. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 102
Theater Release: 20 Aug 2008
Video Release: 27 Jan 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Home Video Extra Features

Drumming it’s way into the home video market, The Rocker releases as the Born To Rock Edition Two-Disc DVD and The Rocker Blu-ray Edition.

Both versions offer the following bonus materials:

-Two commentaries, one with director Peter Cattaneo and actor Rainn Wilson, and the other with actors Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Emma Stone and Jason Sudeikis.

- Ten deleted scenes.

- Gag reel.

- Featurettes (Rainn Wilson: Office Rocker, Pete Best Interview, Behind The Band: Vesuvius, Rock Beat With Fish Fishman, The Music of The Rocker and Rock Tales).

- MTV Film Festival Panel and Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With The Rocker.

- Music video I’m Not Bitter.

- Vesuvius Public Service Announcements

- Four podcasts.

-A digital copy movie file for portable media players.

The DVD version offers audio tracks in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (French), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

The Blu-ray edition is recorded on a 50GB dual-layer disc authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4) compression with 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks (English, French and Spanish), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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