New to Blu: December 5 – 11

   

Blackkklansman


➢ “Universal’s UHD release sports a very cinematic 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer with both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range that retains its theatrical 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Film grain is natural and organic, adding to the transfer’s cinematic feel. While colours appear somewhat subdued, they do appear more natural and accurate than on the included 1080p Blu-ray. Contrast is improved, with deeper blacks and more defined shadow details.” — Home Theater Forum.

➢ “The Dolby Vision colouring proves to be one of the more subtle applications in recent memory, bolstering flesh tones to firmer, fuller standards and finding an agreeable, though often more subtle than some, level of refinement and increase in boldness to the film’s period hues … The Dolby Vision parameters do tighten black levels but don’t entirely eliminate some of the slight raising seen in a handful of scenes.” — Blu-ray.com.

➢ “This 1080p 2.40:1 transfer is beautiful. It captures the fine details while maintaining a purposefully hazy look to heighten the period look and feel. Colours have strong primaries with reds and blues getting plenty of pop while the overall colour tone of the film pushes the golden yellows nicely. Flesh tones are accurate and healthy across the board. Film grain is apparent and well resolved without becoming too thick.” — High-Def Digest.

Book Club


➢ “This video presentation delivered satisfactory overall quality that included appreciable refinement and subtle degrees of delineation that resulted in a gratifying high definition viewing experience. Colours and fleshtones appear natural with ample saturation and vivid textures. Black levels are respectable and depth of field/delineation during low light sequences is rarely a problem.” — AVSForum.

➢ “The 2.40:1 widescreen transfer of Book Club generally pleases without distracting or dropping jaws … Lights are blown out in some areas and image noise is present in some moments. However, colours are loyal without oversaturation, flesh tones are accurate and the image is generally devoid of banding or smearing, looking like a straightforward presentation.” — DVD Talk.

Mandy


➢ “Shot digitally the film makes every effort to appear like your favourite ragged paperback fantasy novel with various filters and colour grading effects to achieve a perfect early 80’s aesthetic. Colours are bright and vivid to say the least. Primaries are bold and dynamic in conjunction with the gritty visual aesthetic. Skin tones are solid and warm when available.” — High-Def Digest.

➢ “Mandy was shot on Alexa by Benjamin Loeb (King Cobra), using anamorphic lenses in a now-standard technique for softening a digital image to render it more ‘film-like’ … The Blu-ray image routinely exhibits what looks like a fine pattern of film grain, which is unusual in a digitally captured project, especially one photographed on Alexa.” — Blu-ray.com.

● Also new are ReprisalKin and Slender Man, and re-issues of Dances With Wolves: Collector’s Edition (with both cuts), PhiladelphiaThe Bounty, Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital and, on 4K-UHD, Twilight.

Ethel & Ernest leads a slate of ‘toons that includes:

  • Akira – 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Box-set
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 (eps 53-65)
  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism Complete Series
  • Eureka Seven Hi-evolution
  • Adventure Time – The Complete Eighth Season
  • Adventure Time Season 1 – 8 Boxset
  • Digimon Adventure Tri. Part 5 – Coexistence
  • Dragon Ball Super Collection 1
  • Dragon Ball Z: broly Movie Collection.
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