New to Blu: April 18-24

The week’s other new Blu-ray releases don’t stand a ghost of a chance alongside the latest Mission: Impossible sequel — although ‘see-worthy’ classics abound.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol features a picture-perfect 1080p Blu-ray transfer.

“Paramount’s new releases are generally unrivalled in terms of absolute quality, and this disc settles in right there amongst the best the format has yet seen.”

There was carping about minor banding but “overall, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol looks fantastic on Blu-ray and is just shy of perfection” while the 7.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is “pure demo material”.

NZ appears to be one of the first territories where Pina is being released on Blu-ray.

Online reviews of Wim Wenders’ dance documentary were limited to a handful of foreign language sites but expect the HD specs to be spectacular given the UK DVD is “a ravishing visual and aural experience”.

Three more arthouse titles join the increasing number on Blu-ray: Lullaby, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (“retains all of its natural filmic texture and appearance”) and Norwegian Wood (“excellent — fine object detail is very good, while clarity and contrast levels are consistently pleasing”).

Going direct to disc are The Son of No One (“the 2.35:1 AVC encoded image is generally good, with a few great moments”) and Bending the Rules (“more than acceptable … no major complaints or praise”).

New on the back catalogue front are: Cleopatra (“enormously impressive … detail, clarity, and especially image depth easily rival those of the outstanding Blu-ray release of William Wyler’s Ben-Hur”); A Night to Remember  (“very impressive”); The Poseidon Adventure [1972] (“beautifully detailed with rich, saturated colours, deep and solid blacks, and a sense of depth that is essential to conveying the sheer scale of the production”); When Harry Met Sally (“a mostly pleasing and respectfully authentic presentation”); and Powaqqatsi.

Rounding out the week are three History Channel docos: WWII in 3D, WWII Lost Films in HD: Ultimate Edition and The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System.

WWII in 3D may sound absurd but “turns out to be well worth a look, if not the best way to show off your new 3D TV.

“The key component of this 46-minute flick is a never-before-seen Nazi propaganda film that was actually shot in 3D in 1943, and that, alone, despite its criminally short running time, makes this a Blu-ray that any history buff needs to see immediately.”

WWII Lost Films in HD: Ultimate Edition is a re-issue that’s being bundled with The Air War and Iwo Jima while The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System is a single-disc release of a 3D episode that was included in the season five set.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: April 18-24”

  1. I bought Cleopatra about two months ago from Amazon. They’ve still got the Intermission music as the end of disc 1, rather than at the start of disc 2 — the same as on the DVD releases.

  2. Bought the new Mission: Impossible film on Blu-ray today. Really looking forward to watching and hearing this movie on the weekend. The 7.1 soundtrack is supposed to sound amazing.

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