Featured In Issue 158, July/August 2011

WSR Score5
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Jaume Collet-Serra
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Based upon the novel by Didier Van Cauwelaert, Unknown is the story of Dr. Martin Harris (Neeson), who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him, and another man (Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Kruger), Harris plunges into a deadly mystery—forcing him to question his sanity, his identity, and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero (HD 04:33) and Unknown: What Is Known? (HD 04:24) and a digital copy of the film.

The 1080p AVC picture is outstanding! The color palette is perfectly natural, with enhanced distortions to depict flashbacks that further intensify the mystery. Hues are rich and warm and naturally toned throughout, with strong saturated contrasts. Contrast overall is excellent, with deep and solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is superb, with fine detail revealed throughout in facial features, clothing, and object textures. Dimensionality is also excellent. The picture is clean and pristine, which enhances the stunning resolution, for an absolutely engaging visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically engaging with, at times, an aggressive holosonic® soundfield presence that engages every channel. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively rendered with, at times, directionalization, to enhance the tension and action. The orchestral music score is well recorded, with a wide and deep soundstage presence and revealing instrumental timbre. The music is enhanced with dimensional envelopment provided by the surrounds. Bass extension is sometimes deep, with response in the sub-25 Hz range in the .1 LFE channel. Dialogue sounds naturally integrated and intelligible throughout. This is a wonderfully effective soundtrack that is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)