New to Blu: April 11 – 17

  

The Oscar-winning ‘toon about the Land of the Dead, Coco, is being resurrected on both 4K-UHD and Blu-ray.

Coco’s digital animation was rendered in 2K and finished at the 2.39:1 theatrical aspect ratio,” The Digital Bits reports.

It was upscaled and given an HDR10 colour grade for its release on 4K Ultra HD. But don’t let the upscaling put you off; this is one of the most finely-textured animated films I’ve seen yet. Character and environmental detail is extraordinary, visible in everything from skin and hair, to bone, brick, stucco, fabric, and water

“Arguably, the best aspect of the 2160p video is definitely the improved colour palette,” High-Def Digest said, “but again, like its SDR counterpart, the differences are not quite as dramatic as one would hope.”

But according to Blu-ray.com: “Disney’s Blu-ray is another amongst the very top-tier of the video quality category, capable of revealing every nuanced animated detail, large and small, smooth and complex, near and far, with astonishing definition.”

Pitch Perfect 3 is out on 4K-UHD as well as Blu-ray, along with 4K-UHD re-issues of its predecessors (which also can be bought as a Blu-ray box set).

“The 4K UHD disc displays the film in 2160p using the HEVC codec with HDR,” Home Theater Forum said.

The film was finished as a 2K digital intermediate. Blacks are solid with very good shadow detail on both the UHD and Blu-ray discs. Fine detail is also excellent on both discs such that the UHD disc seems in motion to be merely a mild step up in quality.

Pitch Perfect 3 looks and sounds great on Blu-ray,” DVD Talk said.

Presented in 1.85:1 1080p AVC, colours appear bright and vivid, detail is crisp, depth is impressive, and black levels are enicely balanced. No banding or artifacting visible.

The BBC sequel, Earth: One Amazing Day, is “not quite as impressive or impactful as the company’s other productions,” High-Def Digest said.

The doc is nonetheless awe-inspiring with extraordinary visuals of our planet’s diverse creatures. The Ultra HD sucks viewers into this day in the life journey with a stunning 4K Dolby Vision presentation and a demo-worthy Dolby Atmos soundtrack, making it a recommended disc for those hungering for more 4K HDR goodness.

“The combination of native 4K resolution and HDR grading renders the series’ wide assortment of creatures with such depth and immediacy that the image achieves a kind of hyper-realism in closeups, rendering fine textures and shadings of fur, feather and scale with an intensity that is almost three-dimensional,” Blu-ray.com said.

Also out on 4K-UHD is a re-issue of The Boss Baby (“Sharpness is exemplary, naturally, and colour reproduction is quite astonishing,” Home Theater Forum said).

High-Def Digest was surprised The Disaster Artist is “only available” on a 1080p SDR Blu-ray.

Having been shot at 6K and finished on a 4K DI, this would have been a perfect opportunity to showcase what the UHD format can bring to a small production, but for now, Lionsgate seems to be sitting on it. As it is, this 2.39:1 1080p transfer is pretty damn beautiful.

Also new are:

  • Call Me By Your Name (“a top-flight transfer and an aching reminder of film’s textural superiority”)
  • The Recall (“the image is sharply noisy, even in better light”)
  • A Bronx Tale
  • Digimon Adventure Tri. Part 3 – Confession
  • Overlord Complete – Season 1
  • Fate/Grand Order – First Order.
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