'Knowing: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital'
(Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson, D.G. Maloney, et al / 4K Ultra HD + Blu ray + Digital / PG-13 / 2018 / Lionsgate - Summit Entertainment)
Overview: Available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack comes the story of a college professor who discovers in a time capsule a series of numbers that predict coming disasters.
4K Ultra HD Verdict: Lionsgate continues to expand their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this April with the release of this quite stunning 'Knowing' (2009) in the new 4K home video format on April 10th, 2018.
For my money, this 'Knowing: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital' combo pack's sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog, but still doesn't feature all the bells and whistles that those do when released by, say, Warner Brothers or Universal Home Studios.
Nonetheless, 'Knowing' is presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy [which can be redeemed via redeemmovie.com or through VUDU], but is only available in HD SDR and HDX. The dual-layered UHD66 disc sits comfortably opposite a Region A locked, BD50 disc inside a black, eco-vortex case with a glossy slipcover.
As with most all 4K UHD's, everything that we watch features a much brighter, deeper, more lifelike set of colors. Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what's more is that it's enjoyably noticeable.
The picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out extremely fine facial and clothing textures within the action scenes, which in comparison leaves the 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation looking almost smooth and flat.
Indeed, it truly is masterful what they have done to this movie as it is now presented in a vivid (man is it vivid!) HVEC H.265 encode, with a Dolby Vision HDR, all presented within a wondrous 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
Overall, this is a strong 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.
Phew! OK, so, as for the movie itself, well, 'Knowing' centers around MIT professor, John Koestler. When he links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters, he sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.
Starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, ('Leaving Las Vegas', 'National Treasure', 'Adaptation'), personally, I thought this was arguably one of the best movies of our time! With that said, I've gotta admit I'm a sci-fi movie lover and these movies are my kinda thing.
This movie literally had everything I typically LOVE in a movie: a great beginning, a thrilling climatic run in, and a killer ending. There were no plot holes to this film, which initially made me love this movie in the first place.
Indeed, one thing I love about this movie has to be after I watched it a couple of times I actually began to notice little unseen/unnoticed the first time around things that come the climax, well, let's just say that, ultimately, they come together to provide a more knowledgeable ending.
Those who love the indie film-type endings, or those who love horror or slasher films, or actually anyone who likes cliff-hanger endings, admittedly 'Knowing' might not be for you. But if you love apocalyptic style movies, or you are a thriller junkie, then you'll absolutely LOVE this movie, trust me.
Supporting the Christian / Catholic faith, 'Knowing' isn't an overly religious movie by any stretch of the imagination, so have no fear about that. In short, it is a pretty spectacular movie that can be viewed over and over. Underappreciated first time out the gate, mocked even by the aforementioned anti-religious sectors, 'Knowing' is still a great roller coaster of a thrill ride, of that have no doubt. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via 1080p and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
“Knowing All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller” Featurette
“Visions of the Apocalypse” Featurette
“5 Things Worth Knowing About Knowing” Featurette (4K Only)