New to Blu: December 23 – January 5

One of the year’s most panned movies looks and sounds Pan-tastic on Blu-ray.

Pan is one of those high definition presentations that looks as good in 3D as it does in 2D.”

“Warner has mastered the 2D version of Pan with an average bitrate of 23.93 Mbps, which is somewhat on the low side, when one considers how much elaborate action occurs during the course of the film.

“But careful allocation of bits and the film’s digital origination seems to have prevented artifacts from marring a superior presentation.”

“I felt consistently pleased with the enjoyable Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Pan. Downconverted to a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix, the end result impressed.

“With lots of action on display, the soundscape offered plenty of room for information to emanate from the various speakers, and it used those chances well. The mix delivered lots of auditory material that spread out across the speakers in a satisfying manner and that blended together nicely.”

“Shot digitally, Southpaw is given a beautifully visceral 2.40:1 1080p transfer. Details are in your face throughout the entire run of the film.”

“Even more impressive than the video, the audio overwhelms and engulfs you with an emotional rollercoaster ride that carries you through the highs and lows of the dramatic affair.

“The opening fight sequence boasts brutally authentic body blows and bloody head shots, and surrounds you with the roar of the crowd, spreading like wildfire across the surround array.”

Vacation gets an AVC encoded 2.40.1 widescreen 1080p high definition transfer that is, as you’d expect for a brand new title such as this, a very solid one.

“The image shows great detail and depth and offers up a very nice image without any noise reduction or edge enhancement problems worth complaining about.”

“The video transfer here does a great job by providing a very coluorful, deep, and detailed presentation with solid, inky black levels and consistent and defined skin tones. There’s a lot of ‘pop’ to the image.”

The Gift isn’t the shiniest, brightest movie out there … a watchable transfer that produces an atmosphere that suits the movie but doesn’t exactly dazzle the eyes.”

The Gift is presented in a 1080p AVC 2.40:1 transfer (@ an average 34 mbps) that presents the low budget shoot in the best possible light.”

The Gift comes complete with a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which is, technically, much harder to fault than its visual counterpart, although the minimalistic sound design simply doesn’t offer up anything which could even remotely hit demo territory.”

Going straight to disc are Zipper (“a high-end, but routine, 1080p transfer”) and Good Kill (” clean and crisp with no egregious artifacts or noise”) while the only new TV-on-BD newcomer is season four of Girls, which is for sale here two months ahead of the US.

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