New to Blu: August 14 – 20

 

Avengers: Endgame


“Although Avengers: Endgame is sourced from a 6.5K resolution negative, the film’s home video release features a 2K Digital Intermediate. Shot on the ARRI Alexa 65 IMAX Camera system, this transfer’s ultra-crisp image is a result of this format. The film’s home video presentation features a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, meaning that the larger 1.90:1 IMAX ratio is nowhere to be found here. It’s a bit of a shame because the expanded aspect ratio could have made this an all-time-great 4K transfer. Regardless, the tighter ratio and 2K upconvert don’t hurt this disc as much as they hold it back from being genuinely game-changing.” — SuperHeroHype.

“While Endgame’s picture quality is good enough to consistently deliver a substantial upgrade over the HD Blu-ray image, it isn’t quite the reference grade release I can’t help but feel Disney could have achieved if it had really wanted to … Mercifully, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack found exclusively on the Endgame 4K Blu-ray (the HD BD only gets a non object-based DTS HD Master Audio track) is not another one of Disney’s bizarrely compressed, lifeless efforts.” — Forbes.

“The final chapter in the MCU’s Infinity Saga snaps into Blu-ray existence with a marvelously awesome, reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that’ll have viewers wowing and oohing in almost every scene … Primaries are sumptuous and dynamic, but even more attractive is the vividly spirited array of secondary hues, from the flamboyant purples and pinks to the lively oranges and energetic yellows showering the action and drama with an animated comic-book appeal.” — High-Def Digest.

  

Iron Man 1 – 3


“Fans should rest assured, Iron Man has never looked this good, even on its decent Blu-ray rendition, with a tangible uptick in visible detail here bringing textures and lines on faces, backgrounds and tech to life like never before … This is the first time it’s been given a much-deserved 3D Object-Based High Definition immersive audio upgrade in the form of Dolby Atmos … an absolutely stellar presentation.” — AV Forums.

“It looks like that 2K DI was simply upsampled for this 4K presentation and graded for high dynamic range in HDR10. That grade does enrich the colours, deepen the shadows, and make the highlights almost eye-reactive … I wouldn’t say this presentation looks bad; it’s certainly a modest improvement over the existing Blu-ray image, especially with the HDR. But I would say it could look a lot better (and it should).” — The Digital Bits.

 

Thor/Thor: The Dark World


“The next instalment in the series, Thor: Ragnarok, benefitted from coming out later (obviously) and thus has already had a 4K release. But this one is certainly a visual film and the image is never less than stunning. The 2.40:1 HEVC 4K image delivers in full glory showcasing a bit more depth, detail and colour thanks to the HDR … Also showing an improvement is the new Dolby Atmos track. Yes, I know that the audiophiles out there have complained about some of Disney/Marvel’s tracks, but I had no such experience with this one.” — Blu-ray Authority.

☞ Note that the Iron Man and Thor movies are being released in NZ as single-disc editions without the bundled Blu-ray and extras of the US editions. Here are the extras for Avengers: Endgame:

  • Remembering Stan Lee: Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos.
  • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr: Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original Iron Man — and launched the MCU.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America: Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes:Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame: See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back!
  • The Women of the MCU: MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble.
  • Bro Thor: His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created.
  • Six Deleted Scenes: “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
  • Gag Reel: Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
  • Visionary Intro: Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
  • Audio Commentary: Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
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One Response to “New to Blu: August 14 – 20”

  1. I notice Mighty Ape have got the season 9 Blu-ray of The Walking Dead for just $42 which is quite cheap so I decided to pre-order it 🙂

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