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Con Air [DVD] [1997]

Nicolas Cage , John Cusack , Simon West    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney, Mykelti Williamson
  • Directors: Simon West
  • Writers: Scott Rosenberg
  • Producers: Chad Oman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jim Kouf, Jonathan Hensleigh, Kenny Bates
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059502
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,011 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 Emerson


Nothing makes good-guy non-recidivist offender Cameron Poe happier than the thought of returning to society, where his angelic wife and the equally angelic little girl he's never known are waiting. And nothing makes him angrier than the passel of psychopathic murderers and rapists aboard his prison transport plane--especially when, under the direction of ringleader Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom, they revolt and hijack their own plane. Fortunately, our hero's been trained by the Army as an elite one-man-fighting-machine, and a dogged Justice Department agent waits on the ground to help him bring the fanatical fly-boys in for a bloody crash landing--in Vegas. A hyperactive Molotov cocktail blended from the frenetic efforts of high-octane action producer Jerry Bruckheimer (The Rock), hipster-schtick screenwriting specialist Scott Rosenberg, and music video director West.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still great after all these years 21 Oct 2008
After buying my Panasonic Blu Ray player I was eager to watch a movie giving me the full HD effect. I thought Con Air was maybe a bit too old to provide the best quality but I was rewarded with a fantastic and stunning sharpness and images. Con Air might be a movie for the devoted fan, it is defintely one of my favourites, but Blu Ray took it further and made the movie as exciting as fresh as when I first saw it all those years ago. Great action , great dialog and cliched, but worth every minute.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Upgrade to Hi-Def 22 Feb 2008
We all know the film and how great it is if you like that kind of thing (I surely do), but is it worth buying the Blu-Ray version? I would say definitely yes, as the picture is so clear as to it being difficult to imagine it being any better, and the uncompressed HD sound is pretty awesome on my half-decent system. As for the film, I hadn't seen it for a few years and it's still one of my favourites. There's a lot of humour, scarey but likeable characters and stupendous action. Who cares if it's not realistic or believable, it's still a bl**dy good action film that could stand up to anything on the go even now.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great No Brainer Action Movie 7 Feb 2007
By Michael Jones VINE VOICE
Having seen this film in the cinema on its release I loved it. It is action packed original full of lame wise cracks and glitzy stunts. The cast looked like they had a lot of fun too.

I was quite excited when i saw this extended edition had been released but felt slightly let down by it. Why?

Well what the extras try to do is make this film more intelligent, and give more depth to the characters, all the things that a film like Con Air does not need.

If these extra scenes were more stunts, more explosions, more wise cracks then it would have been 5 stars but i'm afraid whats on offer does not add anything to the original film.

If you don't own Con Air this might be worth a purchase, but don't buy this to upgrade your existing version as it won't
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckheimer Action Classic 13 Sep 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Con Air -Extended Cut (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Dutch
Dubbed: French, Italian, German
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region 2.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Running Time: 122 minutes

(Contains 7 additional minutes not seen in the theatrical release).

Box Office.
Budget $75 million
Box Office Gross $224,012,234

Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe
John Cusack as U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin
John Malkovich as Cyrus Grissom (known as "Cyrus the Virus")
Steve Buscemi as Garland Greene (known as "The Marietta Mangler")
Ving Rhames as Nathan Jones (known as "Diamond Dog")
Nick Chinlund as William Bedford (known as "Billy Bedlam")
Rachel Ticotin as Guard Sally Bishop
Colm Meaney as DEA Agent Duncan Malloy
M. C. Gainey as "Swamp Thing"
Brendan Kelly as Conrad
Mykelti Williamson as Mike O'Dell (known as "Baby-O")
Renoly Santiago as Ramon Martinez (known as "Sally Can't Dance")as "Renoly"
Danny Trejo as Johnny Baca (known as "Johnny-23")
Jesse Borrego as Francisco Cindino
Dave Chappelle as Joe Parker (known as "Pinball") as "David Chappelle"
John Marshall Jones as "Gator"
Steve Eastin as Guard Falzon
José Zúñiga as DEA Agent Willie Sims
Kevin Gage as Billy Joe (Uncredited)
Jeris Lee Poindexter as convict on plane
Monica Potter as Tricia Poe
Landry Allbright as Casey Poe

1)John Malkovich was unhappy during production because the script was being rewritten virtually every day & he had no idea how his character was going to turn out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top action movie 6 Oct 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Generally I'm not a fan of Hollywood blockbuster action movies. These days they mostly rely on CGI effects, have no characterisation and really are only worth seeing once. Con Air is the exception to that rule. I must have watched this film 7 or 8 times in the first five years after it came out.

The main reason its so watchable is the cast: Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi are all, given the right material, excellent actors. Here they are put to good use. Cage is a US Ranger hitching a lift back in a airbourne jail/transport plane. He's just been released from prison, but don't worry he's a good guy. The rest of the plane is full of the baddest of Americas bad criminals. Some of them, like Buscemi's Garland Greene (an appalling serial killer) are complete fruitcakes and he arrives on the plane in a secure steel box. Buscemi is brilliant. He only has a few lines of dialog in the whole film and steals the acting honours from the rest of the cast. Naturally the plane full criminals escape and all hell breaks loose. Fortunately inbetween the carnage and violence there are also a few nice comedic touches as well, which is relief.

The ending is perhaps the weakest point of the film where it does degenerate into a typical blockbuster movie. Overall though, its great entertainment thats in a different class from most bloated blockbusters. This is a rollercoaster ride you won't want to get off....
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