Knight and Day Blu-ray Review
‘Knight & Day’ descends on to American Region A locked Blu-ray with a good looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
The film has a modern, contrasty look to it that fits in well with the fluid style of cutting. Colours are strong, giving us the Hollywood ‘A list’ film star tanned skin tones with an overall warm look. Even after all these years I can still spot a film that was shot on Fuji film stock thanks to the particularly verdant greens of foliage. The latest Fuji Eterna film stock has a fine grain structure (unless force processed) and this is displayed on the transfer as just a hint, compared to the more noticeable look of many older movies now appearing on the High Def format. Blacks just can’t be faulted for their inky depth and explosions light up the screen with reds and yellows. The image is pin sharp with close ups revealing skin pores in fine detail. The different colour of light in each of the far flung locations is depicted well on screen.
As you’d expect from a film only a few months old, the image is pristine with no dirt or dust to catch the eye.
The audio on ‘Knight & Day’ comes in a DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround mix that will give your Home Cinema set up a thorough shakedown. Many years ago we all raved about how good the mix on ‘True Lies’ was for its discrete use of the surround speakers. Well, it looks as if ‘Knight and Day’ set out to redefine the benchmark. Bullets ping off all four walls as well as the ceiling in the sequence where Ms Diaz lets rip with a machine gun in the warehouse. Spent casings tinkle to the floor with such clarity that you need to stop yourself trying to catch them. Explosions have a real ‘crump’ thanks to the involvement of the subwoofer. This isn’t a movie that sets out to be subtle in its use of surrounds as, right from the beginning, we’re immersed in the ambient sounds of the airport and as we move from location to location, we’re taken there sonically too. This movie will cause you to duck as cars fly overhead, so be warned. There were only a couple of occasions that, amid all the mayhem, I had to strain my ears to catch the dialogue. Mind you, this isn’t a picture where dialogue is the most important thing. As far as the dubbing mixer was concerned, the audience was there for the duration of this great big roller coaster ride – and what a sonic ride it is. Play nice with the neighbours, folks.
The version reviewed was the 3 disc American release. Disc 1 contains the Region A locked Blu-ray movie and extras, Disc 2 contains the DVD while Disc 3 holds the Digital Copy.
Wilder Knights & Crazier Days (HD, 13 mins) - This promo piece extols the stunt worthiness of stars Cruise & Diaz. Director James Mangold tells us how Cruise likes to do all his own stunts (Hmmm, wonder if the Insurance company agree). We see the preparation for the car chase, the fight on the plane, the rooftop chase. etc. Tom Cruise tells us how much he enjoyed running with the bulls in the motorbike chase. It’s a bit of PR puff.
Boston Days and Spanish Knights (HD, 8 mins) - The necessity to shoot in exotic locations is discussed as opposed to studio bound production. The cast and crew take us into the detail. There’s some talk of romance and chemistry too. Boston, Salzburg, Spain – they caused chaos and disruption every where.
Knight and ‘Someday’ (HD, 9 mins) - We go backstage at the O2 Arena on May 27th 2010 as Tom Cruise meets up with the Black Eyed Peas who wrote the number ‘Someday’ for the title sequence of the movie. Tom loves hanging out with the guys so much that he goes on stage with them for a bit of back slapping.
Viral video: Soccer (HD, 1 min) - A promo clip where Tom & Cameron play football beside the trailers between takes.
Viral Video: Kick (HD, 1 min) - Cameron receives tuition from Tom on her karate kick, which is better than expected.
Knight & Day: Story (HD, 4 mins) - The stars and director tell us the story alongside some fast cut clips from the movie. We hear how good the stars are – again. I wonder if there’s an Oscar for Best Backslapping.
Knight and Day: Scope (HD, 3 mins) - Yet more fast cut clips with the focus on the locations. This time the stars give director James Mangold a pat on the back. We even get some of the Black Eyed Peas sequence in this one. The ‘Story’ & ‘Scope’ shorts are mostly cut down from the material used in ‘Wilder Knights and Crazier Days’.
Theatrical Trailer (HD, 2 mins) - The trailer tantalises the audience with all the best bits from the movie. It looks like a lot of fun.
The 2010 Summer blockbuster ‘Knight & Day’ crashes on to American Region A locked Blu-ray with a very good looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio. We get strong colours, good contrast and a pin sharp image from this very recent movie with just the faintest hint of film grain.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround audio is of demo quality with the surrounds working overtime to handle the pinging bullets, tinkling casings and crunching explosions as well as all the motorway mayhem.
A mixed bag of promo pieces make up the Bonus materials on the Blu-ray disc, but the set also includes a DVD version of the movie as well as a Digital Copy.
The movie is one great big roller coaster ride with stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the run all over the world and using almost every mode of transport to effect their escape. It’s fun of a superficial kind and if you’re not bothered about the lack of a good script or caring about the two dimensional characters, then this is the one for you.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.79
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