New to Blu: February 10 – 16

Macbeth hits Blu-ray with a largely beautiful 1080p/AVC-encoded high definition video presentation framed in the film’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 widescreen. Although steeped in suitably thick period atmosphere, the presentation still looks largely impressive.

“Detail is excellent almost throughout, whether on the over/under-cranked stylish battle sequences, or the more intimate close-up shots of the increasingly distressed cast, taking in the pain, the anguish and even the sickly pallor that affects them; skin textures are intricately observed, whilst clothing weaves look suitably weathered and the Scottish setting (filmed, in part, on location) looks tangibly authentic.”

“The picture and sound quality on the Blu-ray is immense. The extras are a bit lacking, but there are good videos on how they tackled the new adaptation and a couple focussing on Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This is then followed by an interview with [director Justin] Kurzel.”

Legend largely excels on Blu-ray, even if it may not quite have the chops to earn either demo or reference marks …

“Detail is generally impressive, with good clarity and strong attention to the finer flourishes: skin textures, clothing details, background nuances – the cobbled streets and period environment never feel unduly like a set or a reconstruction … recreating ’60s London with aplomb.”

Rock the Kasbah offers fans a capable 1080p transfer. The digital source material brings some occasional noise with it, but it’s not cause for any significant alarm. Otherwise, Universal’s transfer boasts crisp definition, constant full-frame clarity, and rich colours.”

“This might not be the most powerful transfer in terms of ‘pop’ and ‘wow’, but it’s still a good job and I’m guessing a proper reflection of the original theatrical exhibition.”

“The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix provides clear, balanced dialogue, lightly immersive ambient effects, and a surround-backed musical soundtrack. There are some nice directional effects and sound pans, and the LFE supports some action events.”

Also new are All Roads Lead to RomeHaunt and Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo.

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