New to Blu: February 3 – 9

Shot digitally with a variety of (mostly Red) cameras, The Martian benefits from some eye catching panoramas of the (supposed) Martian landscape, views that often offer fantastic depth of field and excellent precision on elements like fine, red sand particles (and particulates floating through the air).”

“The colours are rich and accurate, with cooler tones favored for spacecraft and habitat interiors, contrasted with a coppery, butterscotch-gold for scenes on the surface. Digital effects and live action are blended seamlessly, and the dynamic range of the images is good at all times.”

“Featuring the same 2.40:1 aspect ratio, this MVC MPEG-4 encoded 3D presentation is a beautiful 3D experience.

“Similar to the use of 3D for Prometheus, Ridley Scott uses a lot of the expansive backgrounds filling each shot with plenty of foreground, middle-ground, and far distance objects to give an incredible three-dimensional sense of depth.”

Although Game of Thrones might have been the first TV series to be re-mixed in Dolby Atmos, Sherlock is the first to be originally mixed in the format and it definitely pays dividends; adding to the overall viewing experience and ushering in a new era of TV production.

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound mix delivers on all counts: aggressive when it needs to be with split atmospheric effects during storms and explosions and blastoffs and quieter but no less appealing during less intense sequences.”

Dressed to the nines, The Intern arrives in a 1.78:1-framed, 1080p AVC treatment that lucidly captures every dazzling look at the streets of New York, every polished shot of the About the Fit office, and every comforting glimpse at the characters’ brownstone homes.”

“The Blu-ray image is sharply detailed and brightly colourful, making Brooklyn look its best both indoors and out. Blacks are solid, contrast is pleasing, and the colours are richly saturated without over-emphasis. No anomalies, noise or other artifacts appeared.”

“Director Nancy Meyers loves to fill up the frames of her movies with wonderful production design (see the short featurette, which is part of the bonus materials), and it all looks quite lovely in HD, with a nice level of sharpness and detail throughout.”

Also new are Sherlock: The Abominable BrideFalling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season and Z Nation: Season 2.

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride was shot on the Arri Alexa by cinematographer Suzie Lavelle, whose credits include Dr. Who and Ripper Street.

“With due allowance for the Victorian production design, which lends this special episode a darker and richer palette than one usually sees on Sherlock, the presentation on BBC Home Video’s 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is consistent with the look of Sherlock‘s Season Three …

“The average bitrate of 25.99 Mbps bespeaks a healthy allotment of bandwidth and digital real estate.”

It comes with an hour of extras on a second disc and, in a first for a UK TV series, “even has a Dolby Atmos soundtrack … It’s likely as good as Sherlock has ever sounded, and amidst the best we’ve ever heard from any TV production.”

Going direct to disc are The VisitThe Diabolical, Night Crew, Rushlights and Lost After Dark while Blue Exorcist: Complete Series and Fairy Tale: Collection 17 are the latest anime releases.

Back-catalogue newcomers include Blind FuryHappy Birthday to MeJason and the ArgonautsSinbad and the Eye of the TigerThe Golden Voyage of Sinbad and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: February 3 – 9”

  1. Think I will get the 3D version of The Martian, I missed it at the movies 🙂

  2. Having watched The Martian I can’t recommend it highly enough, it’s definitely one of my all time favourite movies and the 3D is well done as well 🙂

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