HD Heads-Up: January 20

3D skeptics might wish to revise their opinions with this week’s release of two top Blu-ray titles in the format, The Walk and Everest, with The Martian due next month. The Walk’s director, Robert Zemeckis, opted to shoot in 2D and “dimensionalise” it later. “I was totally with him,” cinematographer Dariusz Wolski told Variety. “I’ve done a few native 3D movies and I did one dimensionalised film in the early stages, Alice in Wonderland, so there were a lot of pros and cons. But the technology is there. You can absolutely dimensionalise it beautifully, as long as you know that when you are shooting it.” For a rundown of the rest of this week’s Blu-ray newcomers, see my latest New to Blu post, which includes coverage of a grisly western’s debut on the eve of The Hateful Eight’s theatrical release …

The Hollywood Reporter’s posted an early verdict on American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson, which starts next month on SoHo (8.30 Wednesdays): “The Juice is loose and quite entertaining.” It praises the Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story)-produced series for its “nuance, humanity and humour” but slams John Travolta’s turn as defence lawyer Robert Shapiro: “Travolta has built a mesmerisingly bad performance from the eyebrows down. His unnecessary accent varies by episode, and Travolta’s laser intensity feels arch and almost kabuki at times, turning Robert Shapiro into a terrifying character from the next American Horror Story instalment” …

KA-POW! Take that, DC Comics. THR reckons Legends of Tomorrow, which debuts here Friday on TVNZ OnDemand, “needs less talk, more action … After two of the smoothest pilot introductions imaginable with Arrow and The Flash, The CW’s successful DC Comics pipeline experiences a hiccup with this Thursday’s premiere of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a collection of over-sized characters and time travel paradoxes in search of a show — at least through its first two episodes” …

TV1’s stripping of Doctor Foster may be paying off in the ratings but this surprisingly acclaimed UK drama’s as daft and hysterical as they come. Our own Doug Coutts signalled this in his preview while The Dominion Post’s Jane Clifton says: “There’s a lot that’s foolish about this nevertheless irresistibly gripping soap-thriller … It’s all a gripping, lurid rampage – even though there’s a disturbingly unsound underlying theme. An intelligent, competent, empathetic woman becomes gizzard-rippingly unscrupulous overnight just because her husband’s a cheat. It doesn’t quite add up.But who really minds? It’s a modern fable in the Fay Weldon mould, not social realism.  And it gives Jones magnificent scope with her power-sulk” …

TV2’s only network movie premiere in the first week of February will be The Conjuring (10.25 Sunday). The rest of that week’s coming attractions in HD include The Inbetweeners Movie (8.40 Saturday), Leaves of Grass (1.10am Sunday), Cars (4.05 Sunday), Hotel Transylvania (7.00 Sunday), Mardi Gras: Spring Break (8.45 Sunday) and The Lucky One (8.30 Monday) …

TV3’s Lip Sync Battle has been renewed for a third season, with 20 more eps being ordered …

I’ve just posted Doug Coutts’ preview of The John Bishop Show (TV1, 9.35 Thursday), a variety hour that isn’t filled with as much variety as you might think: according to Doug, there’s an act missing from the BBC broadcast, “a victim no doubt to the need to fit in 17 minutes of commercials” …

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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 20”

  1. Anyone know when Agent Carter is due to start again?

  2. It’s on TVNZ Ondemand right now

  3. Thanx Tony. But don’t do OnDemand so will have to wait in the queue for a couple of months.

  4. You may have to wait a little longer than that, Paul. The first season of Agent Carter tanked on TV2 and I can’t see the network being in a hurry to air the next, which has just opened to “sluggish” ratings in the US. The good news is TVOD now offers near-HD resolution if you’re watching it on the right device, ie. PS3/4 or FreeviewPlus.

  5. Oh well. Scratch Agent Carter then. I’m sure I can find something else to watch.

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