Movie Review: KNOWING (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

 

KNOWING was directed by Alex Proyas from a screenplay by Ryne Douglas Pearson, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White and stars Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, Lara Robinson, Nadia Townsend and D.G. Maloney.

Knowing centers around M.I.T. professor, John Koestler, when he links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe. Nicolas Cage stars in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller as John Koestler, a professor who deciphers a coded message with terrifyingly accurate predictions about every major world disaster. Looking to protect his family and prevent future calamities, he enlists the reluctant help of Diana Wayland (Rose Byrne), daughter of the now-deceased author of the prophecies. His quest to understand the message and his own family’s involvement in them becomes a heart-pounding race against time as he faces the ultimate disaster.

It all starts with this time capsule that is unearthed. There’s a list of cryptic numerical messages that somehow predict upcoming global disasters that an author left inside the capsule fifty years earlier. When strange things start happening and the disasters begin, this professor teams up with the author’s daughter and set out on a mission to try and stop the disasters. He’s able to decipher the numbers that reveals what’s coming next. One thing they notice is that their children are starting to behave strangely at times but they don’t understand why at first.

As everything plays out and the professor gets closer to the truth, a mysterious new element presents itself and it’s connected to the children. Now it becomes a race against time for everyone because the ultimate disaster is coming and it’s big enough to destroy the entire planet and all life on it. There’s another game plan at work here with this mysterious new element that has plans for the children that will ultimately allow all of them to start over again in a new place.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc features some matching artwork and the Blu-ray disc has a blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting Knowing because it’s one of my all-time favorite Nic Cage movies. The plot deals with this professor who ends up decoding these cryptic numerical messages that predict all kinds of global disasters. I really liked the story and thought the cast did a great job with their characters. Not only is this a disaster movie but it also has a science fiction element as well as some suspense and mystery. Nic Cage always gives his all in any role he tackles and this one is no different. Alex Proyas is one of the great storytellers out there and I thought he did a great job with this movie which is also one of my favorites of his. There’s some crazy over the top action scenes and visual effects throughout the watch and it all looks amazing on this UHD release. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. Knowing makes its debut on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on April 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 121 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos /  French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 /  Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, three featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Alex Proyas
  • “Knowing All: The Making of a Futuristic Thriller” Featurette (12:35)
  • “Visions of the Apocalypse” Featurette (17:14)
  • “5 Things Worth Knowing About Knowing” Featurette (4K Exclusive) (02:00)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

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