Passengers (Blu-ray)
SRP $34.95 2.40:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

PASSENGERS was released in theaters without any fanfare and minimal marketing. It left theaters quickly without even a whimper. SONY has released this thriller on blu-ray, and while the film's conclusion feels like a sincere attempt from its director to say something important about the human experience, the majority of the film is so derivative of other superior films, that its ending is as annoying as it is touching! Anne Hathway plays Claire Summers, a psychotherapist assigned to provide accute treatment for the five survivors of a plane crash.  While trying to piece the confusing events of the crash together, while hearing the patients voice conflicting memories, Claire suspects the airline is hiding something important. Making things even more distressing for her, patients begin to become missing, one by one, around the time an Airline Executive appears and begins to pay close attention to Claire's investigative efforts. Oh, and Claire also begins to have a romantic relationship with one of the survivors too!  All of these various conflicts are surprisingly well-handled as individual scenes, but, they just don't blend well together! It's as if these well-acted, powerful, individual moments all belonged to different films! The only example we can compare it to is what happened with the awful remake of "OUT OF THE PAST," titled "AGAINST ALL ODDS." No, "PASSENGERS" is never as dreadfully unintentionally laughable as the pile of crap! In fact, it's hard to consider "PASSENGERS" as a "bad" film. It's just that its ending deserves everything that preceded it to be so much more and better than what's offered!
 
SONY has provided the correct 2:40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release.  While colors are intentionally restrained, they're never dull. Fleshtones appear perfectly natural, and detail is flawless! That's right, F-L-A-W-L-E-S-S!!!!  Every scene, from the opening til the end credits, offers great depth! Regardless of how bright or dark a scene plays out, there aren't any flat images here!
 
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  Heavy on dialogue, the mix is surprisingly active without feeling aggressive.  Ambient effects are aplenty, and even interior scenes, that would otherwise be typically uneventful, offer an immersive experience due to creative panning effects and terrific dynamic range.
 
In addition to BD-LIVE features, we get a worthwhile commentary with Director Rodrigo Garcia and actor Patrick Wilson.  Both are remarkably candid, passionate and captivating throughout the entire commentary.
 
Deleted scenes are only offered in standard resolution, but one of the three is actually compelling.
 
Two featurettes(in hd) examining the effects behind the plane crash and the film's production are also, surprisingly entertaining.