New to Blu: April 5 – 11

 

The latest Star Wars adventure goes back to the future on Blu-ray in a stellar week for new releases.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was digitally photographed but practically passes for filmic texturing,” Blu-ray.com said.

“Disney’s 1080p transfer is gorgeous (and one can only imagine what might have been/will be with a UHD release; the film was finished at 4K), showcasing all of those incredible Star Wars textures, both made for the movie and established in lore, with amazing precision.”

“The video is rendered well, with a gratifyingly sharp aesthetic that presents its elements faithfully,” AVSForum said. “Images are gradationally adept and dimensional, so that wide angle perspectives, unevenly lit interiors, and shadow laden environs have a seemingly infinite level of depth.”

Slant magazine said the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track “places Michael Giacchino’s score in the side speakers to keep its bombastic presence loud without overwhelming dialogue, while Foley effects are distributed in both front and rear channels to create an enveloping atmosphere.”

Blu-ray.com said both the Blu-ray and the 4K-UHD releases of Trolls “look amazing. Both look very different. It’s a good thing the UHD release comes with both.

“They make for a very interesting case study in dueling format dynamics, particularly in the HDR arena.”

“The Dolby Atmos sound mix (decoded to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 core on my equipment) makes amazing use of the wide soundstage not only for the lengthy succession of musical numbers in the movie but for other judicious use of the available channels for things like echoes and ambient sounds in this unusual world,” Home Theatre Forum said of the UHD disc.

DVD Talk said the Blu-ray’s DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround sound is “a sonically rich audio track with excellent use of the surrounds. The music is well implemented into the film.”

   

“Shot digitally, the movie generally looks sharp and detailed with only a few instances here and there where images don’t quite sparkle,” Home Theater Forum said of The Edge of Seventeen.

“Colour is beautifully represented with accurate and appealing skin tones.”

The local release doesn’t have the US disc’s 7.1 audio but critics thought it overkill, anyway, because, as High-Def Digest said, “This is a comedy that spends most of its time on the spoken word, so there’s not much in terms of action throughout the film.”

However, series four of Sherlock does comes with a Dolby Atmos track, along with a 20-minute making-of short for each ep, video diaries and The Writer’s Chat, which explores the the process behind writing the series with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss

Also new are Arthur & Merlin and American Hero, and 4K-UHD re-issues of Battleship (“an honest improvement over the 1080p Blu-ray”) and the sixth and seventh instalments in the Fast & Furious franchise.

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