Featured In Issue 142, September 2009

WSR Score3.5
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Summit Entertainment
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Disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language
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Alex Proyas
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Knowing stars Nicholas Cage as a college professor who opens a time capsule buried at his son's elementary school. In it are some chilling predictions—some that have already occurred and others that are about to—that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the tragic events that are about to unfold. This is a frighteningly thought-provoking science fiction thriller. (Gary Reber)

Special features include audio commentary with Director Alex Proyas, two featurettes: Knowing All: The Making Of A Futuristic Thriller (SD 12:36) and Visions Of The Apocalypse (HD 17:15), up-front previews, and BD-Live interactivity.

The 1080p AVC picture is outstanding! The opening 1959 scenes are stylishly desaturated, to suggest time five decades ago. Present-day scenes are perfectly natural, sharp, and clear, no doubt due to the "Red" digital photography employed by Director Alex Proyas and Cinematographer Simon Duggan, ACS. At times some scenes exhibit a touch of sepia hue. Contrast is superb with deep, solid blacks and shadow delineation that is extremely well defined, with excellent depth. Color fidelity appears to exhibit a very natural character, with rich and warm hues. Fleshtones are rendered naturally, as well. Resolution is superb and reveals fine facial features and textures in clothes and objects. This is a wonderful picture experience, with a haunting visual stylization that perfectly enhances this thrilling science fiction story. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is holosonic® throughout, with degrees of surround envelopment and localization from subtle to pressing the SPL envelope. Atmospheric sound effects and Foley are well recorded, with excellent directionalized surround envelopment. The inner-head-whispering voices are impressively enveloping, with a sense of uncanny height. Bass extension, at times, is deep, extending to below 25 Hz and is system threatening in all channels, and particularly energized in the .1 LFE channel. Marco Beltrami's captivating orchestral music score is beautifully recorded, dynamic, and revealing of instrument timbre. The soundstage imaging is fantastic, and the music extends well into the surrounds for enhanced dimensionality. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially, but at times, a bit forward sounding in interior scenes, which collapses to monaural and, at times, is supported with a faint sense of surround support. This is an exceptionally dynamic-sounding, adrenelum-pumping, and spatially-holosonc soundtrack experience that is reference quality and is sure to excite viscerally. (Gary Reber)