Knight and Day Blu-Ray Review
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|Tom Cruise in Knight and Day (2010).|
In the great Hollywood tradition of competing studios releasing similarly themed movies like Deep Impact/Armageddon or Volcano/Dante's Peak, 2010 saw the release of a two action comedies by way of Killers starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher and Knight & Day starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Each movie follows the idea of a secret agent dragging an unwilling female into his world and getting her messed up in his life. Much of the above is the same intro paragraph I used in my review of Killers, but now we're reviewing the second film, Knight and Day....
June Havens (Cameron Diaz) finds her everyday life tangled with that of a secret agent Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) who has realised he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other.
Essentially this movie isn't too far removed from Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible films - and that’s not such a bad thing for his career right now. Indeed this movie has plenty of action sequence, some mystery, a gorgeous leading lady, and a decent storyline too. It's quite evident that Tom and Cameron have a great relationship both on and off the screen as their chemistry is instantly evident. There were also some pretty amusing scenes in the film too and this helps the film retain a light hearted feel without ever branching into a comedy.
|Cameron Diaz in a bikini - but how?|
While running for close to two hours this movie moves along with a brisk enough pace to never really bog down and has plenty of set pieces to keep you on the edge of your seat - from the opening plane sequence, to the frantic highway car chase, the motorbike sequence in Spain and so much more. It's impressive and action fans will enjoy what they see here.
There's no doubt about it, Knight And Day is a vastly superior movie to Killers and the teaming up of Tom and Cameron works perfectly. There are some great action sequences, a decent plot, and while there are certainly better movies, this is more than watchable.
|Knight and Day is out now on Blu-Ray.|
Knight and Day has been encoded using the AVC MPEG-4 codec on Blu-Ray and is presented in the film’s original 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Overall this is a very impressive transfer with plenty of sharpness and detail to the image, and thanks to the films wide range of locations the image takes on a varied look. From the lush green tones of the island jungle, to the orange tinting to the streets and villas in Spain and the gorgeous blues of the ocean. If there is one small complaint it's that skin tones, and perhaps some sections of the film, have a bit too much of a warm look. Still, quite a gorgeous transfer overall.
Fox has delivered Knight and Day on Blu-Ray with a wonderful DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (24-bit/48Khz) track which, for such a recent action-packed movie, will have your room shaking and really demonstrate the quality of the Blu-Ray format. Be it the car chases, the gunshots, the quieter dialogue, the ocean waves of the impact of massive explosions, this really is a fantastic sounding release. Sound prioritisation is superbly handled with only a couple of lines from Tom Cruise a little hard to make out, while surround sound channels are used extensively. This
Besides the primary English track there are two other audio tracks available on this disc - an English Descriptive Audio Track encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 at 448kbps. We actually found a faulty in this track at the 1:26:03 mark with some speech skipping and repeating. We didn't hear this anywhere else in the 10 minutes or so we sampled, so assume it was a one-off glitch. The other audio track is a French DTS 5.1 track encoded at 768kbps. Subtitles are available in English for the Hard of Hearing, French, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Chinese, Portuguese, Icelandic, and several others.
|The motorbike sequence is pretty entertaining.|
It must be said though that we were left a little wanting on the extras provided on this release. Here's what to expect besides the Digital Copy version on a second disc...
Wilder Knights and Crazier Days (12:30/HD): This is a little EPK-ish but looks at the stars doing their own stunts for the movie.
|Cameron Diaz getting used to guns.|
Alternate/Extended Scenes (10:35/HD): As the title suggests this is a set of alternate takes or extended versions of scenes in the movie.
Gag Reel (1:35/HD): Running for a phenomenal 95 seconds this is not only pointless, but too short to have any value.
Killer Chemistry: Behind the Scenes With Cast and Crew (11:10/HD): Wow! The best extra on this disc is an EPK featurette where the actors tell us the plot (was there one?!) of the movie and gush about each other. There's a little bit of on-set footage, and some interviews, but really it's mediocre at best.
While Tom Cruise gets a bit of a bagging for his personal life, there's no doubt that he still makes fantastic movies and Knight and Day is certainly very watchable indeed. A great transfer puts this Blu-Ray well above the DVD version. Make sure you check it out...
Review By: Dave Warner
Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Fox. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.