New to Blu: December 9 – 15

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation‘s 1080p transfer is terrific. The image is organically filmic and very attractive, with grain only spiking in a few darker shots but otherwise appearing even and light, enhancing detail and clarity throughout.”

Rogue Nation looks terrific on Blu-ray, but due to certain production choices and some black crush, doesn’t represent full 5-star picture quality.”

“My system is not equipped with the Dolby Atmos support; however, it defaulted to a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that completely rocked the house.

“Not only was the dialogue clear but in many cases there was a bass support that gave a real movie theatre-like treatment to the voices.”

Mr Holmes’ theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio is “faithfully rendered in 1080p resolution using the AVC codec.

“Sharpness is dazzling throughout with special kudos to the make-up crew for aging Holmes some thirty-five years for the various timelines of the movie complete with facial liver spots which are detailed and very realistic.”

“Colours are natural and accurate, contrast is sufficient, and overall detail is plenty satisfying.”

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track does an impressive job with material, providing a restrained but rich accompaniment.”

Releasing here ahead of the US is Fantastic 4 while going direct to disc are:

  • Tremors 5 (“a glossy if slightly mixed bag”)
  • Dope (“sparkles with pinpoint details and vibrant colours”)
  • Knock Knock
  • Dumb Criminals: The Movie
  • Wild Horses
  • Breaking Through
  • Blunt Force Trauma
  • Superfast and Super Furious
  • The Pack
  • The Key Man
  • Backcountry.
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5 Responses to “New to Blu: December 9 – 15”

  1. Utu has just been released on Blu-ray in New Zealand. Price is a bit steep at the moment $39.99 so I will wait for the price to drop a bit before I buy this Blu-ray.

  2. Thanks, Mark. I’d cut the distributor a bit of slack price-wise. It’s a niche product that took two-and-a-half years to come out on disc after its Redux cinema run because much of its packaging and authoring has been a labour of love. In short, those behind its reissue have done so to preserve the film’s legacy in the best possible form rather than simply pay lip service with a bare-bones budget DVD release. So a $40 RRP isn’t unreasonable given their input and the limited sales it will generate in such a tiny market.

  3. Hi Philip. With Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation, if you don’t have Dolby Atmos the soundtrack should default to a Dolby True HD 7.1 soundtrack, not a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

  4. Thanks, Mark. I can’t comment from my own experience as these previews of new releases are culled from US and/or UK reviews.

  5. My three-disc limited edition Blu-ray of Utu Redux arrived yesterday. Main restored movie on disc 1, Revisiting Utu/trailers on disc 2, Utu movie soundtrack on disc 3. Plus a 13 page booklet & icing on the cake I got one of only 50 Blu-ray copies personally signed by the director Geoff Murphy. Not bad for total of £25 delivered from New Zealand to the United Kingdom. Will go on my Blu-ray/DVD shelf beside Once Were Warriors.

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