The Rock (The Criterion Collection)
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A highly decorated, retired U.S Marine general (Ed Harris) seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages on the San Francisco Bay isle. His demand: Restitution to the families of soldiers who died in covert operations. The response: An elite Navy SEAL team, with support from an FBI chemical warfare expert (Nicolas Cage) and a former Alcatraz escapee (Sean Connery), is assembled to penetrate the terrorists' defenses on the island and neutralize the threat before time runs out. The result: A fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller with a first-rate cast, directed by Michael Bay and produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.
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The video on this Blu Ray is good but not great. I noticed some breakup in certain night time scenes and slight areas of bad digitization. Certain scenes look awesome but this isn't one of the better transfers I've seen. It's not bad but it's simply not pristine.
The audio is where this disc really shines though. The bass on this lossless 5.1 mix is ridiculous and the track in general feels busy and alive throughout the entire film. It's mixed really loud, so prepare to piss your neighbors and sleeping family members off if you're playing this somewhat late at night. If you want a demo disc for audio purposes, The Rock is an easy candidate.
Extras are just about the same as the Criterion DVD, with plenty of interesting features carried over. Some of it is fluff but the bit with the real life Seal team members debunking movie myths was interesting.
I totally recommend this Blu Ray with the only caveat being that the picture isn't what I was hoping for. This is still one of the best action films of the last twenty years and a fun ride that still holds up as Bay's best film to date.
Whew. Forgot how intense it is - made me sit at the edge of the couch! Some good
humor, great acting and a good story line. Had fun watching it the other night.