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KNIGHT AND DAY ($40) is a light and frothy concoction that blends genres to create an enjoyable romantic action comedy mix. Sure, KNIGHT AND DAY isn’t perfect, but the good points certainly outweigh bad, with the likable stars chief amongst the highlights of this decidedly breezy little vehicle. KNIGHT AND DAY is romantic travelogue of sorts, and is something of a throwback to humor and intrigue of a film like CHARADE; however, the action set pieces definitely gives off a modern vibe like THE BORNE IDENTITY. The premise of KNIGHT AND DAY finds June Havens (Cameron Diaz) making her way through security of the Wichita Airport, where she finds herself repeatedly bumping into Roy Miller (Tom Cruise), as the two make their way to the gate to catch the same flight. As it turns out the flight is overbooked, Roy is able to board, but June is left standing at the gate. At the last moment, June is allowed to board, what proves to be a surprisingly empty plane. After a bit of flirtatious conversation with Roy, June heads to the restroom. However, when she returns to the cabin, June discovers that the other passengers and flight crew either dead or incapacitated… and Roy attempting to land the plane in the middle of a cornfield.

Turns out, Roy is a spy, who may have gone rogue… or just off the deep end. Before going their separate ways, Roy warns June that she shouldn’t trust anyone from the government, especially if they proffer promises of protecting her safety. Right on cue, "government agents" pick up June, who promise to take her to a secure location for her safety. Appearing in deus ex machina fashion, Roy swoops in to rescue the damsel in distress, and ends up takes a perplexed June hostage… for her own protection. With stopovers on an uncharted tropical island, Salzburg, Austria and Seville, Spain, KNIGHT AND DAY offers up a Hitchcockian McGuffin to drive the action forward. Said McGuffin involves a young genius named Simon Feck (Paul Dano), who has invented a perpetual energy battery called the Zephyr, which everyone is trying to get their hands on. The cast of KNIGHT AND DAY also features Peter Sarsgaard, Jordi Mollà, Viola Davis, Falk Hentschel, Marc Blucas, Lennie Loftin, Maggie Grace, Rich Manley, Dale Dye and Celia Weston.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made KNIGHT AND DAY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. KNIGHT AND DAY has been provided with a wonderful looking 1080p presentation. The image is quite sharp and highly dimensional, in addition to offering up excellent texturing and fine detail. Colors are very strongly rendered and appear quite vibrant. In addition, the flesh tones are highly appealing. Blacks are deep, whites are crisp and clean, plus there is smooth contrast and a fairly healthy dose of shadow detail. The elements from which KNIGHT AND DAY has been mastered demonstrate virtually no imperfections. For the most part, a very fine veneer of grain is present, although there are moments that are a bit grittier looking, all of which keeps everything organic and film-like.

KNIGHT AND DAY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The sound design is very strong without becoming overbearing; there are plenty of showy moments that bring all of the well-implemented outlying channels to life. Sound effects precisely placed and pan around the sound field effortlessly. Additionally, the quieter moments are nicely nuanced, creating authentic sounding sonic environments. The lossless encode boosts the musical component, as well as producing convincing sound effects. There is plenty of percussive force and rumble coming from the bass channel to augment the gunfire, explosions and crashes. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras. Featurettes and other programs include: Wilder Knights And Crazier Days (thirteen minutes), Boston Days And Spanish Knights (eight minutes), Knight And Someday (nine minutes), Viral Video: Soccer (one minute), Viral Video: Kick (one minute), Knight And Day: Story (four minutes) and Knight And Day: Scope (three minutes). A Theatrical Trailer closes out the standard extras. KNIGHT AND DAY is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). Disc two offers a DVD copy of the movie for those who are on the fence about making the upgrade to Blu-ray, while disc three provides a Digital Copy of the film.

KNIGHT AND DAY is light and frothy entertainment that mixes the action and romantic comedy genres. The Blu-ray looks and sounds terrific, so fans of the two stars can’t go wrong in checking out the disc.


Knight and Day (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo+ Digital Copy) (2010)


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