New to Blu: January 15-21

Add this to the chronicles of Region B rip-offs: Riddick is being released here in separate theatrical and extended-cut editions whereas the Region A release combines both the 119- and 127-minute edits.

“The most notable addition is a smartly conceived extension of Riddick’s rule of the Necromongers (including Karl Urban’s Vaako) that should have survived [director David] Twohy’s initial edit.”

“Presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, the freshly-minted transfer, taken directly from a digital source, arrives with an excellent but deliberately stylised contrast balance …

“Although the palette is generally limited, primaries still pop with intensity and energy while the softer hues add variety, making this a splendid high-def presentation.”

“The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is appropriately immersive, and the shrieks of incoming aliens sear through the surround speakers.

“Ambient effects waft through the sound field and dialogue is perfectly audible at all times.

“Music, effects and dialogue are nicely layered, and the subwoofer supports the frequent, directionally oriented action effects like gunfire and thunder.”

Percy Jackson & The Sea Of Monsters is out in 2D and 3D editions.

“While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this transfer, the look of this film is decidedly softer than a glut of other recent special effects spectaculars.”

“No one is going to mistake the cinematography as gritty. Detail is good throughout, from close-ups with revealing facial details to wide shots with crystal clear texture and depth.

“Colours are bold and nicely saturated, and black levels are good.”

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 sound mix makes exceptional use of the entire soundfield with lots of activity in the fronts and rears and with those back surround channels used to provide smooth panning across the soundstage.”

While the high definition encoding of Getaway is “top-notch, the actual quality of the image is a function of the cameras being used for any given shot in the film.

“The film was shot with multiple dozens of cameras of varying capabilities.

“This is thematically consistent with the surveillance aspect of the film’s plot as well as aesthetically convenient as it allows shots from cameras mounted on the vehicle, on chase cars, and even in the middle of the streets on which cars are being driven and smashed.”

“The DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio track is certainly noisy enough, delivering an endless dose of crunching metal, grungy synthetic squawks and squealing tires. Dialogue is crystal clear throughout.”

Also new are: Dragonlore: Curse of the Shadow; Muriel’s Wedding – 20th Anniversary Edition; Phar Lap – 30th Anniversary Diamond Edition; The Universe In 3D – Collection 2; Pharos of Chaos: A Profile of Sterling Hayden; and Salinger.

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3 Responses to “New to Blu: January 15-21”

  1. brian wilkinson January 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Would love to view the doco on Sterling Hayden.

  2. Rip-off indeed. There’s absolutely no reason to have two separate releases other than to gouge the buying public.

  3. I agree with thx1138’s comments. Yet again NZ punters are ripped off when it comes to new Blu-ray releases. I bought the UK release of Riddick, which comes with both cuts of the movie, for just over $20, including postage.

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