Knock At The Cabin 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 267, May/June 2023

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"Knock At The Cabin" is a thriller about a tight-knit family who are taken hostage by four armed strangers while vacationing at a remote cabin. The visitors demand that the young girl and her parents make an unthinkable choice to save their family or save humanity. Based on the book "The Cabin at the End of the World" by Paul Tremblay. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four deleted scenes (HD 05:35); five featurettes: "Chowblaster Infomercial" (HD 01:10), "Choosing Wisely: Behind The Scenes" (HD 23:37), "Tools Of The Apocalypse" (HD 05:-3), "Drawing A Picture" (HD 03:36) and "Kristen Cui Shines A Light" (HD 03:46 ) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on Kodak Vision3 film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arriflex 235 camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is extremely sharp and clear. Resolution is excellent with incredible detail exhibited in facial features including skin pores, lines, beard stub and hair, Clothing fabrics are finely resolved. Object texture both in interiors and exteriors such as the woods surrounding the cabin. HDR contrast is excellent with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation and natural white labels. Color fidelity is perfectly natural with hues that are finely differentiated, Hues are rich and warm and perfectly saturated. Flesh tones are natural throughout, This is a beautifully captured filmic presentation that is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding. Atmospherics are realistic and sound effects are often powerful and enhanced with deep bass extension to at times sub-25 Hz. Foley sound effects are perfectly realistic, The orchestral score is wonderful and powerful with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue during interior scenes is generally well integrated spatially but there is also much ADR.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of exterior forest insect sounds, wind, some Foley sound effects, nuanced dialogue and various sound effects Much of the height layer is directionalized including powerful disaster sound effects, cabin fire, heavy rain and other sounds. Unfortunately, the music was not extended and remains at ear level. Had the music been extended to the height layer this would have been a top performer.

This is a terrific holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that sounds dynamic with excellent fidelity that is captivating. (Gary Reber)