New to Blu: August 17 – 23

The week’s biggest new release, The Jungle Book, swings on to shelves here up to two weeks ahead of its US and UK distribution so reviews of its technical merits have yet to be published.

Extras include:

  • King Louie’s Temple: Layer by Layer: Rare and unique access to the development of the “I Wan’na Be Like You” sequence: A fast-moving musical progression reel showcases storyboards, animatics, Christopher Walken’s recording session and visual effects layers, which ultimately merge to form one of the film’s most memorable scenes.
  • The Jungle Book Reimagined: Director Jon Favreau, producer Brigham Taylor and visual effects supervisor Robert Legato discuss Rudyard Kipling’s book and reflect on the years they devoted to the reimagining of this timeless tale.
  • I Am Mowgli: How 12-year-old Neel Sethi was cast as Mowgli.
  • Audio Commentary: Favreau delivers a scene-by-scene perspective.

Other than a Jennifer Aniston comedy and season three of The Blacklist (“impeccable black levels and a richly varied palette”), the rest of the week’s newcomers are direct to disc.

Mother’s Day at least treats fans to a gorgeous 1080p transfer. The movie is vibrant and abundantly colourful, never failing to push the a rainbow full of well saturated, bright, cheerful, and accurate colours onto the screen.”

“This digitally sourced image looks amazing – to a fault. Everything is so beautiful that it just points out how manufactured the movie is.

“From facial features to costumes to the production design to the individual blades of grass all come through with impeccable clarity.”

“The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Mother’s Day seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.”

The Keeping Room manages to strike the right balance between a natural-looking colour scheme and a limited amount of desaturation, as if everything were covered in a fine layer of dust.

“Fine detail is excellent throughout, and there are no noticeable compression artifacts or other issues with the picture.”

The Keeping Room‘s 5.1 soundtrack, encoded in lossless DTS-HD MA, draws sharp contrasts between the quiet of the countryside and sudden intense bursts of noise: a dog barking loudly, a horse’s hoof beats and, especially, gunfire.”

Also new are Mercury Plains (“detail is sharp and clean, colours are bright and glossy but never unnatural”), Amateur Night and Road Games.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: August 17 – 23”

  1. I am really looking forward to watching the Jungle Book movie. I will buy the 3D version of the movie.

  2. I see one of my favourite TV shows is being released in a Blu-ray boxset in September, it’s of course Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, it’s such a fun show 🙂

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