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Con Air (Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: C-     Film: C-



No fan are we of this silly actioner that only proved that Cage was on his way to stardom no mater what he made and even when a film has not done commercially well (The Wicker Man,) he returns with surprise hits (Ghost Rider) and expected hits (National Treasure 2) and Simon West’s Con Air (1997) did better at the box office than expected.


However, the film was not that great to begin with, has not aged well and you can read more about it from our previous DVD review:





This Blu-ray only has the R-rated version, but this is one of many cases where both cuts are equally inept and annoying.  Those who expected the uncut edition on Blu-ray will be disappointed, but those of us who thought it was a mess could care less and you likely will agree.  So how does it play back?


The 1080p 2.35 X 1 image is an improvement from the newest DVD, as shot in real anamorphic Panavision.  However, some shortcuts in visual effects make the film a bit dated and cuts into its picture quality, but this is the best it has looked in 10 years because it is not shot in lesser Super 35mm, more of it holds up than many will expect.  The PCM 48/24 5.1 mix is also impressive, far better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 versions here or on any previous DVD, being an early sound demo for DTS on the old 12” LaserDisc format.  In theaters, it was released in all three digital formats, including SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) 8-channel not long after Disney became the last of the Dolby-exclusive theatrical hold-outs to do all the digital formats.  It was never a perfect mix, but it is competent, even in a 5.1 folddown like this.


Extras are few and include the trailer and two featurettes: A View From Above and The Destruction of Las Vegas, both of which are as nominally interesting as the film lasting about six minutes total.  For fans only, if that, but that is more than the uncut DVD so go figure.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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