Lionsgate has brought the thrilling murder-mystery Knives Out to audiences with a fantastic 2-disc 4K UHD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital physical media release. The packaging consists of an eco-friendly black case with identical cardboard slipcover artwork. Upon loading the disc, viewers are greeted with trailers for other Lionsgate releases before arriving at an animated main menu with traditional navigation options.
The 4K UHD version of Knives Out, comes with a particularly fascinating 2160p 1.85:1 Dolby Vision transfer that has been upsampled from a 2K Digital Intermediate. While a native 4K DI would have been impressive, this transfer is still a great success, thanks in large part to the work of cinematographer Steve Yedlin. Yedlin developed special algorithms to replicate the look and feel of 35mm digitally, which gives the transfer a remarkably organic and film-like appearance. The fine details in costuming and production design are brought to life by this transfer, and the sense of grain structure looks more natural and organic than even the already impressive 1080p Blu-ray version.
The Dolby Vision HDR further enhances the visuals of the film, amplifying the warm, yellow/brown vibe throughout the movie. The Dolby Vision preserves the rich primaries, enhancing black levels and giving bright whites more balance and nuance. This transfer delivers everything that a UHD transfer should bring to the home screen. The small subtleties in shadow gradience, and the balance to bright whites, especially during the opening interrogation scenes, look stunning. The entire movie looks fantastic from start to finish, regardless of whether it was shot on film or not.
In conclusion, the 4K UHD version of Knives Out is a must-have for anyone who enjoys murder mysteries or fantastic visual presentations. The transfer is a testament to the skills of the cinematographer, Steve Yedlin, and delivers everything that audiences would expect from a UHD transfer. From the intricate details in the production design to the subtle gradience of the shadows, everything is brought to life in this version. Overall, this is a fantastic release that deserves a spot in any film lover’s collection for physical media content.