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Knowing (Blu-ray / DVD)




Knowing on Blu-ray and DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, D.G. Maloney, Nicolas Cage’s Hair

Directed by Alex Proyas

Distributed by Summit Entertainment

Director Alex Proyas has made a living out of creating films that are otherworldly. Star Nicolas Cage has made a career out of mostly over-acting and chewing scenery. The combination of these two cinematic icons can be combustible at best and ridiculous at worst. Knowing gives us a little bit of both with a hefty dollop of Scientology as a chaser. Sigh.

Nicolas Cage stars as John Koestler, a professor who discovers that his young son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) has recently unearthed the devil’s Sudoku from a decades old school time capsule. Upon sitting with this numerical doomsday device for a while, Koestler discovers that it has been predicting catastrophes in rapid fire succession with startling accuracy. This horrid realization comes equipped with Proyas’ trademark spooky Goth dudes who linger in the background and some of the most stunning disaster sequences you’ve ever seen complete with a flaming moose thrown in for good measure.

Cage, as goofy as he can be, is only as good as his director. Over the years he’s turned out some fine performances, but he needs to be constantly monitored. If you let Nicolas Cage start playing Nicolas Cage instead of his character, your movie is all but sunk. That’s pretty much what happens here. During the first two thirds of the film, he’s pretty subdued, but then whammo — he’s looking to the sky, legs apart, wind blowing through his wig, trying to get in as many hero shots as humanly possible. There are times in Knowing when the weight of his cheese equals the magnitude of the film’s several incredible disaster sequences.

Knowing on Blu-ray and DVD The carnage in this flick is jaw-dropping and worth putting up with any silliness to see. Yet, even if you make it through Cage, the disasters, and everything that goes along with them, the ending is the final slap in the face that could very well end up making you hate the film. SPOILERS ARE COMING — If you don’t want to read them, skip the rest of this paragraph. It almost feels like a bait and switch. So you think you’re watching an action film about the end of the world, do you? Well, say hello to the shiny aliens who save our race from the mouth of the inferno and bring us to the land of swaying trees and fluffy bunnies. I shit you not. Whatever balls the flick was showing by destroying the planet and everyone on it were quickly clipped off and tucked neatly into a purse. If John Travolta and Tom Cruise would have shown up to high-five each other in slow motion, I wouldn’t have been at all surprised. Seriously — are you kidding?

In terms of picture quality and sound you will want to own this flick in high-definition if you have the tech at your disposal. This is textbook issued Blu-ray goodness, folks. Knowing‘s 1080p onscreen image and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack are exemplary. It just doesn’t get any better. In short … wow! The DVD kind of holds its own, but not very well. However, the DVD and the Blu-ray share identical supplemental material save for the fact that the Blu-ray is BD Live enabled. You standard definition faithful aren’t really missing anything at all. Let’s take a quick look at what’s included.

The goodies kick off with a very good commentary by Alex Proyas and oddly enough a guy who is never identified within the commentary or on the packaging. Can’t really blame whoever this was. I would have left my name out of this stinker too. From there we get two featurettes — the first Knowing All: The Making-of a Futuristic Thriller clocks in at just thirteen minutes and is your basic cookie-cutter stuff, and the second Visions of the Apocalypse is seventeen minutes of apocalypse analysis and hyperbole. Nope. Nothing to see here.

In the end Knowing could have been something special, but instead it feels like a gourmet meal that was left in the oven far too long. Watch it for the spectacle of destruction. Mock it for Cage and his hair. Forget it as soon as it’s over.

Special Features

  • BD Live enabled (Blu-ray only)
  • Audio commentary with Alex Proyas and well … he never says.
  • Knowing All: The Making-of a Futuristic Thriller featurette
  • Visions of the Apocalypse featurette


    2 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    2 out of 5

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    Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror



    Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

    Directed by James S. Brown

    We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

    Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

    Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

    As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

    With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

    8 out of 10.

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    Coulrophobia Review – One of the Most Entertaining Killer Clown Films in Quite Some Time



    Starring Pete Bennett, Warren Speed, Daniella D’Ville, Roxy Bordeaux

    Directed by Warren Speed

    The word ‘Coulrophobia’ refers to the fear of clowns, and if you happen to suffer from it, you might want to avoid director Warren Speed’s film of the same name. However, if you can stand the sight of clowns with gaping wounds in their manly parts, then you’re in for one heck of a fun time.

    An all-female hockey team get lost deep in the Scottish woods on their way to a match (don’t ask), and are captured and forced to participate in a series of horrific games by the Grock family of clowns. All of the members of said family are absolutely fucking insane, but the one that really stood out was Twitch (Pete Bennett), who wears jester cloths and it said to have a short attention span. He longs to be a violin player and wishes he could blend in with normal society like the other members of his family. And you almost feel sorry for him, even though he’s a mad killer with bells on his head.

    Director Warren Speed also appeared as Milo, a grunting mute who had his tongue cut out when he was a boy. As mentioned above, we see a close-up shot of a open wound in his penis being stitched up, which is not an image that will be leaving your mind anytime soon. Speed is clearly fearless when it comes to his art.

    Inter-spliced with all the torture and mayhem, we also see documentary-style telling the sad history of the family involved, and this was where the film unfortunately faltered, because these scenes seemed out of place and just didn’t flow with the rest of the plot.

    Ultimately, however, Coulrophobia almost seems like a film Rob Zombie might have made before he lost his way and started churning out trash like 31. Comparisons to House of 1000 Corpses are inevitable, and I absolutely mean that as a compliment. This is one of the most entertaining killer clown films in quite some time.

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    User Rating 2.94 (17 votes)
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    The Gatehouse Review – What Is Found in the Woods Should Be Left in the Woods



    Starring Scarlett Rayner, Simeon Willis, Linal Haft

    Directed by Martin Gooch

    Now while no one will sneeze at the prospect of bringing up a bit of a rebellious child alone, it’s those damned kids that like to tempt fate by pissing off creatures in the woods…oh kids, they do the funniest things, don’t they?

    In Martin Gooch’s moderately spooky presentation, The Gatehouse, a struggling writer named Jack (Willis) finds himself behind the 8-ball following the tragic drowning death of his beloved wife, and if that isn’t enough to torque your drawers, his young daughter, Eternity (Rayner) is becoming quite the salty soul herself. Unfortunately the little one has been finding herself bullied at school, and her recourse of sorts is to simply toss attitude around as if it was pleasantly acceptable. Her pastime has become lonely wanderings in the deep woods, digging for hopeful treasures…and we all know what problems reside in the woods, don’t we, horror fans? Well, Eternity’s father is attempting to re-start his writing career with a frightening backstory – taking the reigns on a novel that was abruptly ended when the author committed suicide, and supposedly the tome is quite the dark piece of literature.

    Eternity’s never-ending quest for fortune and glory in the forest leads her to a most interesting (and ultimately) dangerous discovery (don’t sweat it – I won’t spill it for you). Bottom line here is this: the little girl has taken possession of something that should have been left in the friggin’ woods, and now someone (or something) wants it back PRONTO. What follows is a lackluster series of “spooky” events, and far be it from me to say, I’ve seen creepier stuff watching the evening news. Gooch then tries to bombard the audience with a plethora of instances and swerving plot direction – it’s fun at the beginning but can grow a bit tiresome over a duration.

    Performance-wise, both Rayner and Willis play the perfect combination of mentally-shot dad and determined-to-be-independent daughter – their scenes are ripe with subtle contempt, and the right amount of indecision. Overall, the film is best suited for those fans of fantasy/fable-like horror, and while it might not scare the pants off of you, it definitely will give us all another reason to stay the hell out of the woods once and for all.

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    Children in a forest-setting don’t always add up to cutesy-pie encounters with furry creatures – this one’s got a few scares to keep fans of coppice-horror appeased.

    User Rating 3.56 (18 votes)
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