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Con Air [Blu-ray]

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Buckle up for a pure adrenaline rush! (Sixty Second Preview) as producer Jerry Bruckheimer s explosive hit Con Air detonates on Blu-ray Disc. Starring acclaimed actors Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Malkovich, this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride soars to new heights in this remarkable format.
A prison parolee (Cage) on his way to freedom faces impossible odds when the maximum security transport plane he s on is skyjacked by the 10 most vicious criminals in the country. Experience death-defying stunts and mind-blowing special effects in eye-popping 1080p while jet engines roar and turbulent action rocks your world in 5.1 48 kHz, 24-bit uncompressed audio. The excitement takes off and never lets up with Blu-ray High Definition!

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Con Air is proof that the slick, absurdly overblown action formula of Hollywood mega-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The Rock, Crimson Tide) lives on, even after Simpson's druggy death. (Read Charles Fleming's exposé, High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, for more about that.) Nicolas Cage, sporting a disconcerting mane of hair, is a wrongly convicted prisoner on a transport plane with a bunch of infamously psychopathic criminals, including head creep Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich), black militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi, making the most of his pallid, rodent-like qualities). Naturally, the convicts take over the plane; meanwhile, on the ground, a US marshal (John Cusack) and a DEA agent (Colm Meaney) try to figure out what to do. As is the postmodern way, the movie displays a self-consciously ironic awareness that its story and characters are really just excuses for a high-tech cinematic thrill ride. Best idea: the filmmakers persuaded the owners of the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to let them help out with the structure's demolition by crashing their plane into it. --Jim Emerson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Carl Ciarfalio, Nicolas Cage, Landry Allbright, Renoly Santiago, John Malkovich
  • Directors: Simon West
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (583 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X418UO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,685 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Con Air [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Kaya Savas VINE VOICE on May 18, 2006
Format: DVD
MOVIE: Con Air, an incredibly loud and in your face action movie that does what it sets out to do. Recently Disney has released a bunch of Jerry Bruckheimer produced "unrated" DVD's. Con Air was re-released with Crimson Tide and Enemy Of The State. This so called "unrated" edition is nothing but a marketing ploy, but we did need new editions of these Bruckheimer action extravaganzas. Con Air, directed by Simon West, is a flick about a man who is sent to prison after accidentally killing a man during a bar brawl. The opening scene and credits are set to a montage of Cage writing letters to his daughter that was born while he was in prison, and she writes back. So basically it's a narrated reading of the letters back and forth. Okay, we got the character development out of the way in about five minutes, now time for the action. Cameron Poe (Cage) is put on a plane to be sent back home, but he is transported with other hardened criminals. Cyrus The Virus (John Malkovich) has other plans though, and he stages a takeover of the plane. Let the mindless but fun action ensue. Nicolas Cage sports a bad southern accent, long hair, and pumped up biceps and is our protagonist. The movie has some bad dialogue and some cliched scenes, but it never takes itself seriously. We also get Mark Mancina and Trevor Rabin's full blown action score. Mancina and Rabin are members of Hans Zimmer's studio at Media Ventures, and Bruckheimer almost exclusively uses Zimmer or one of the composers that collaborate with him. The score is all electronic based, but it suits the movie well. As for the "unrated" material, there is basically nothing. The original running time was 115 minutes, so that makes 7 minutes of added footage.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Pound for pound, for pure fun, this is one of the greatest movies ever. Please note that I said for pure fun. I'm not comparing this movie to "Ben Hur," "I, Cladius," "Shakespeare In Love," or any other movie that has a great deal of scope & breadth. Again, I'm only talking about movies that are for unfettered entertainment's sake.
"Con Air" is a movie that doesn't take itself seriously, and you shouldn't, either. This is a Bruckenheimer movie that is heavy on action and comedy, and light on plot & character development. Yes, most of the movie is absurd, but it is also absurd in a fun way.
The cast is absolutely impeccable, featuring Nicholas Cage, John Malchovich, Steve Buscemi and John Cusack. We even get Colm Meaney as an irate Irish DEA agent - a wonderful touch! The direction is superb, and Trevor Rabin delivers yet another riveting score.
This is a can't miss for anyone who wants to sit back & watch an hour & a half of hilarious mayhem. This is what I would call a guy movie - squared!
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I do have this film on Standard Def but this will not necessarily be a side by side comparison. Never the less, I have seen the film often enough to recall the SD quality. Enough has been said about the plot, acting, cast and other summaries so I will simply focus on the quality of the actual transfer to Blu Ray.

VIDEO...
This is definitely an older, albeit no less exciting, popcorn movie but doesn't really look like one. The film has legs, and even more important, the quality of the transfer from Standard Def to Blu Ray leaves little to be desired. Despite the relatively low Mbps rate which averaged in the low 20's, there is no appreciable grain to crawl and annoy you. The contrast throughout the film really was excellent and it brought along with it natural and true to life skin tones. Color grading throughout the film tended to be on the soft side as there appeared to be no artificial popping of colors. At no time did I see any artifacts or aliasing in the film and no stair stepping either in the wide angle shots. The video resolution rates a full 5 stars.

AUDIO...
Using an uncompressed Dolby PCM 5.1 codec, as this film does, will always produce a more transparent audio field. While your LFE channel gets and excellent workout with realistic bass tones, your surrounds are not left out either. There is plenty of front to rear, rear to front panning which places you in the middle of the action. However, despite the directional use of the front and rear audio stages, the actual audio mix could have been improved as it frequently sounded to my ears as a mash up of all the audio channels rather than discreet one surround foley fx from speaker panning to speaker.
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By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Very good music! If you hear this music you will remember many movie scenes. Much power in this music. You feel the speed of the action in "Con Air". The only two things to object to: 1. only a few change in the music, nearly all tracks sounds like the same, 2. I missed "Sweet Home Alabama" on the CD, that would have given a greater feeling of remembering the movie!!! That's why I rate 4 stars for the soundtrack, nothing is really perfect, (except me?! just kidding...)
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