New to Blu: April 17-23

The latest top-flight HD series to get a Blu-ray release after being squandered in SD on Prime is the BBC’s Earthflight.

The digital photography is “nearly flawless” in this two-disc release of the six-part bird’s-eye view of our world.

“Detail and colour reproduction are incredible in most scenes and colours are vibrant, resplendent, with a natural look.”

“The video quality is excellent despite only being 1080i …

“Some of the footage used was originally from standard definition sources, however, this is not obvious during the show.”

The rest of this week’s releases are split between direct-to-disc and back-catalogue titles.

The former ranges from Baby Makers and American Mary (“technically the picture actually looks very good, being full of low level detail and suitably dark. A shame the same cannot be said for the quality of the sound or the extras”) to The Lookout and Butter (“a strong video presentation and decent audio”).

Being dusted off in HD for the first time are 1986 duo F/X: Murder by Illusion and No Retreat No Surrender while new on the ‘toon front are Astonishing X-Men Quadrilogy, The Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Complete Second Season and Rurouni Kenshin.

Also out is the History Channel compilation War in HD: The Complete Collection, featuring WWII in HD and Vietnam in HD.

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6 Responses to “New to Blu: April 17-23”

  1. I recommend that you avoid buying the local Blu-ray release of American Mary. It has been cropped from its correct 2:35 aspect ratio down to a 1:78 aspect ratio. I imported from the UK, which comes in the correct aspect ratio.

  2. I forgot to mention also that the local release of American Mary only comes with a Dolby Digital soundtrack. UK release comes with a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack.

  3. Not the first time NZ gets stiffed. Remember the Solomon Kane BD from a few years back? Also chopped down to 16×9 for NZ/Au. It was news to the director too!

  4. Certainly not the first time we’ve been denied good TV in NZ. Remember the first moon landing … Rest of the world gets live and we get a much delayed film feed … Grrr.

  5. Speaking of moon landings … I saw a local BD of Capricorn One at JB. The back said it was in 4×3. WTF??? Can anyone confirm or deny?

  6. No conspiracy here, thx1138, just a cock-up. The transfer is 2.35:1. Quality’s good enough for an unrestored 1977 release on budget Blu-ray but very grainy and not great detail.

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