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!
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 EmersonSee all Editorial Reviews
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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.
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. Unfortunately, audio often gets the short stick in the editing suite and the same issue was there for the Standard Definition version. That said, it is still an improvement over the previous lossy audio found on the SD DVDs.
The same extras that were included on the SD DVD as well as a couple more that were just ok. Far too many previews of other films make you pay for advertisements rather than donating that disc space to an improved video transfer with a higher Mbps rate and thus even greater video and audio improvement. Great cast in this film.
All my reviews focus on the quality of the Blu Ray transfer and I do hope this review has been of some help to you in deciding your purchase.
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The tracks are not in the same sequence as they appear in the film, but of course, that's to be expected of some recording labels. Even though the score has a strong theme, you can tell by listening to the CD (much less so in the film) that Mancina's and Rabin's musical styles are trying so hard to mix together into a smashing combination that it ultimately doesn't work and the styles clash together like dueling lightsabers. In plain English, some tracks on this CD sound too much like "Speed" and some tracks sound too much like "Armageddon". But Mancina and Rabin do get four starts from me for their efforts.
Personnaly, I generally skip the first few minutes of the movie. Poe (Cage) screwing up and getting thrown in jail. Yawn. Tender scenes with the wife. Another yawn. Let's get to the good stuff. That would be Cyrus' plan to take over the airplane and escape, along with an infamous drug dealer from whom he stands to make a lot of money. It's well done, the characters are interesting, and Buscemi alone is worth the price of admission.
This one is a keeper so go ahead and buy the thing.