Snakes on a Plane (2003) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Comedy / Horror|
|New Line || R - 105 minutes - $29.99 || September 29, 2009|
|Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-10-19|
Writer(s): John Heffernan and David Dalessandro (story), John Heffernan and Sebastian Gutierrez (screenplay)
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies
Theatrical Release Date: August 18, 2006
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I have to come right out and say it: Samuel L. Jackson is a genius. In all honesty, this movie could have just been him in each shot sitting there and not saying anything and I would still find it hilarious. He is a phenomenal actor that has these great roles, like let’s say for instance Snakes on a Plane, where he just nails the part the entire flick. Speaking of which, how coincidental, the film is one of the best comedy/horror/Jackson movies that have come out in the past few years. That being said, let’s talk about the internet phenomenon that Jackson is really sick of.
Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is escorting a witness to a murder on a plane ride home so he can testify safely. The witness, Sean (Nathan Phillips), could possibly be murdered since the guy he saw kill someone is incredibly dangerous and excellent at, well, killing people. The two hop aboard a plane with first class basically all to themselves, along with tons of other passengers ticked off they have to ride in coach, and head to their destination. Oh, did I mention that the guy Sean is testifying against has put hundreds of poisonous snakes on the plane? It’s up to Neville and the rest of the crew to somehow survive the flight and land safely, or else they may just end up snake food.
There’s really not that much I can say about the film, other than the fact it’s snakes, and they’re on a plane. That’s the story people, if you can’t understand that then just skip the film. It’s not supposed to be a great horror flick, nor a comedy. It’s more of a horemdy, or a comror. The film does have a few jump moments encased throughout it, but this is more of a funny movie than anything else.
There are also a few great death scenes in them, the first one being the two people trying to “get jiggy with it” (popular phrase in the 90’s, if you don’t know it then psh) in the bathroom and are promptly bitten and killed off by the snakes. The snakes themselves also look great, and if I hadn’t watched the special effects feature I would have thought that most of them were in fact real.
The movie is funny, entertaining, and scary. The only downside is that it does take a little while to get going, but once it does, this is a plane ride for most to enjoy.
Commentary by David Ellis, Samuel L. Jackson, Craig Berenson, Tawny Ellis, Erik henry, and Freddie Hice: By far one of the best commentaries as of late that I’ve listened to, this one strongly deserves a listen to. Jackson is absolutely hysterical every time he talks, and when the cast mentions trying to rename other movies, the responses by some of the commentators is jaw-dropping funny. If you at all liked the film, even a little bit, then please I urge you to listen to this.
The Making of Snakes on a Plane (18 minutes): The director and cast mates talk about the film, what it was about, and creating it. It’s a nice extra that is really worth a viewing.
Meet the Reptiles (13 minutes): This takes a gander into the world of… you guessed it, snakes! Some of the famous rumors about them are dispelled, and some background with the cast in dealing with these venomous reptiles is detailed.
VFX (5 minutes): The visual special effects for the film are shown and how they were created. This is an incredibly awesome special feature that lets viewers see how the film was merged with the effects.
Snakes on a Blog (10 minutes): The frenzy that happened before the movie was released is chronicled. For those who don’t remember, many thought the movie was simply a hoax and not real, but instead it created tons of fan noise that caused it to be a somewhat marginal hit at the box-office.
“Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)” Music Video (3 minutes): Cobra Starship has actually been around for a while, and before their recent massive hit “Good Girls Go Bad” they actually did the theme song for this film. It’s an awesome song, and features some cameos by Jackson and Fall Out Boy. This is an incredibly catchy tune and I strongly suggest a listen to.
Making the Music Video (9 minutes): As you can hopefully tell by the name, this is the making of the music video for the above song. The idea for the song is talked about, and you get to see how some of the shots were made.
Deleted Scenes (12 minutes): A total of ten deleted scenes can be found here, but they are presented in rather poor quality. It turns out though that this is the quality the film was shot in, but still. A few of these are funny, but the majority can be skipped.
Gag Reel (5 minutes): The cast flubs lines and also inserts new ones into the scenes that are seen here. It’s pretty entertaining watching some of the cast say some really weird crap, so by all means watch this.
Finally, you can check out the Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots for the film.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
Colors are drowned out for this transfer, but they aren’t all that bad. Sure they are a bit outdated despite the movie not being too old, but the film doesn’t rely on special effects and what not to be pleasing to the eye. Flesh tones are decent although they do present a bit of a problem on some of the characters. There’s also a decent amount of grain and noise apparent in the video which created a problem or two for me throughout. I know that this is a catalog, and not a lot of effort odds are went into the transfer, but it still deserved better than this.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track isn’t anything to really brag about either. The film isn’t really action oriented to the extent of other horror/comedy movies, so don’t go expecting any sort of major action coming from any speaker. The movie has most of the sound coming from the front speakers, while the surrounds were only used briefly for some of the jump moments. Surround usage itself though is barely used and when it was it sounded rather dull and outdated. It’s nearly 2010; shouldn’t studios be able to get their transfers for both audio and video down pat yet?
Despite my problems with the transfer and audio track, this is a must own Blu-Ray. Snakes on a Plane is a funny yet somewhat of a horror film rolled up into one and it sports an awesome special features package. This is definitely one plane ride that you need to take a ride on, just be careful of those…snakes. I was going to quote the famous line from the movie, but having to write all asterisks out just doesn’t seem fun.