Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's films must have been a huge inspiration to Director Michael Bay, as they both share a love for bombastic imagery, and a similar use of music and color.
Still, Michael Bay has actually created some fine films, "THE ISLAND," and "THE TRANSFORMERS," and Bruckheimer has created "CON AIR." No, it's not a "great" film, but it is highly entertaining, and even with some annoying contrivances(Buscemi plays a part blatantly taken from Hanibal Lector), it's ultimately a rousing experience.
Nicolas Cage plays a former Army Ranger, now in prison, for having killed a man, while defending his pregnant wife. During his time in prison, he's kept in incredible shape, and that will come in might handy throughout the challenges he's going to face in the rest of the film. About to be released on parole, while being transported on a cargo plane, filled with violent, non-rehabilitative criminals, it doesn't take much to figure out the inmates are going to take over the plane and Cage is going to have to fight to take control back. The dumbest aspect of the plot, revolves around John Cusack as a US Marshall, trying to work with Cage, while on the ground.
BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. For a catalogue title, now over 10 years old, "CON AIR" rocks as a blu-ray release!!! It's a great looking transfer. Colors are rich and vibrant in a manner that none of the dvd releases came close to achieving. Blacks and grays are impressively deep, offering great depth in darker moments. There isn't one scene that doesn't have the "pop off the screen" visual impact.
BUENA VISTA has provided a PCM 5.1 mix The dialogue is perfectly balanced, amidst an aggressive mix of bass, surround effects and music. The dynamic range is good, but the mix lacks the subtleties present on many great "BUENA VISTA" blu-ray releases, emphasizing bass over nuance.
There are some very short extras. The only real disappointment here is the lack of the director's cut(7 minutes longer)available on dvd!