S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Jaume Collet-Serra, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Warner Home Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 19,784,431,030 bytes
Feature Size: 18,297,378,816 bytes
Video Bitrate: 14.97 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 21st, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3903 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3903 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
•Liam Neeson: Unknown Action Hero (4:33)
• Unknown - What is Known? (4:24)
Second disc DVD with the feature and access to a Digital Copy
Description: The star of Taken and The A-Team jumps back into action with brute force! Liam Neeson plays Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane 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.
Dr. Martin Harris awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn't recognize him and... another man has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired, and on the run.
Then again, if you can suspend (if not forget) your disbelief, Unknown offers an enjoyable thrill ride. Neeson makes for a watchable man on the run, even if some of his techniques, like the just-in-time subway escape, have been done to death. And ducking into a noisy nightclub? In Berlin? You’d be hard-pressed not to wind up in one.
Liam Neeson’s latter-day renaissance as an unlikely action star should
give hope to performers and viewers of a certain age (i.e., over 40)
everywhere. While that irrepressible exhibitionist Helen Mirren, born in
1945, continues to inspire legions of AARP members, one discarded
garment at a time, Mr. Neeson, a comparative pup born in 1952, is doing
much the same, one hard-swinging fist after another.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Although Unknown is given a fairly modest technical transfer (single-layered, lowish bitrate) on Blu-ray from Warner the image quality appears reasonable. Detail and contrast are strong - befitting its modern production roots. Skin tones/colors seem true - blue/grey/green is heavy in spots. DoP Flavio Martínez Labiano sneaks in some great shots in the mixes of intense action. Noise is not an issue and the film lacks any dominant textures. This Blu-ray has a consistent feel and doesn't excel in any one area. This Blu-ray produces a watchable image with minor depth but no dismissible flaws.
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This thriller has a reasonably potent score - transferred in DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3903 kbps. There is plenty of action with two spectacular automobile sequences. Composer John Ottman, who has extensive credits, is teamed with award-winning Alexander Rudd to create a powerful score supporting the dynamic moments of Unknown. Depth is notable which can overtake dialogue and multiple deft separations exist.There are subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Only two very short featurettes. The first is Liam Neeson: Unknown Action Hero which has some behind the scenes material with the star and soundbytes for less than 5-minutes and 'Unknown - What is Known?' discussing some of the intricacies of the plot for a similar amount of time. There is also a second disc DVD with the feature and access to a Digital Copy.
June 6th, 2011
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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