Unknown, Blu-ray + DVD/Digital Copy (2011)

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Unknown, Blu-ray + DVD/Digital Copy (2011)

Starring: Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Aidan Quinn, Frank Langella
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Studio: Warner Home Video
Video: 2.40:1 anamorphic/enhanced for 16x 9 1080p HD
Audio: English DTS HD-MA 5.1; French, Spanish, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Extras: “Liam Neeson: Known Action Hero” featurette; “Unknown: What is Known?” featurette; “Green Lantern” trailer, BD Live
Length: 113 minutes
Rating: Movie: ***½       Video: ****½      Audio: ****½

American citizen Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens from a coma four days after an auto accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity.  Dr. Harris is experiencing partial memory loss and is unable to convince German authorities of his mistaken identity story.  Compounding the problem, Dr. Harris now finds himself the target of assassins.  On his own in an unfamiliar country, Harris receives the reluctant help from the cab driver (Diane Kruger) who saved his life in the auto accident.  Together the two set out to uncover the mystery of Dr. Martin Harris’ true identity and why certain individuals appear to want him eliminated.  “Unknown” is an enjoyable, if somewhat unoriginal in terms of plot, action/thriller film.  Liam Neeson is becoming quite the action star with his roles in movies like “Taken” and “The A-Team”, and he does another fine job here.  “Unknown” contains some excellent car chase and hand-to-hand combat sequences.  Fans of films like “The Bourne Identity” will definitely want to check out “Unknown”.  Recommended.     

The overall high definition video quality of this Blu-ray is very good.  Images are sharp with exquisite detail.  Black levels are uniformly deep throughout the film.  Colors intentionally favor a greenish tint but are otherwise striking with adequately-saturated hues.  Picture defect mastering is excellent with no major flaws or compression artifacts.  The overall audio quality is also very good.  The surround soundtrack actively involves all of the discrete channels into its mix.  Dialogue is properly positioned and always intelligible.  The surround channels are moderately utilized for sound effects and music score, plus include a number of split rear effects.  The low-frequency effects channel is powerful and robust during action scenes. 

– Calvin Harding Jr. 

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