New to Blu: January 17 – 23

 

New Zealand missed out on the 4K-UHD re-issue of the original Blade Runner but is part of the global release for Blade Runner 2049.

A Few Words About … calls the transfer “absolutely gorgeous” as it’s sourced from 4K data files.

This makes it a bit of a rarity in the 4K home video world, which is still mostly up-rezzed data. The razor-sharp images, combined with neatly applied HDR, yield a superb presentation, especially with the original Dolby Atmos tracks, which are huge, from logo on, and theatre filling.

“The 1080p transfer looks solid and this Ultra HD rendering takes it up a notch with a discernible increase in detail, and emboldened highlights, both light and dark,” AVSForum said.

Stylistically speaking, Blade Runner 2049 isn’t the type of film that is going to dazzle with its use of eye scorching dynamism or vivid color. There is no question that its Ultra HD presentation appears faithful and makes for a distinct improvement when compared to the 1080p Blu-ray rendering.

“Leaving aside the unfortunate decision not to use the IMAX-formatted ratio, the film’s Blu-ray presentation is a superb rendition, within the limitations of the format.” Blu-ray.com said. “But if you want to see BR 2049 at its best, consider the excellent UHD. Both are highly recommended.”

Also out on 4K-UHD is Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!

“Aronofsky’s psychological horror fable breathes life on 4K Ultra HD with a great-looking if also arguably underwhelming HEVC H.265 encode in Dolby Vision HDR,” High-Def Digest said.

“By this, I mean Mother! won’t provide the sort of wow factor some have to come expect of the format but it’s faithful to the creative intentions of the filmmakers.”

“Considering the film’s visual roots are a mix of Super 16mm, digital, and CGI rendered at approximately 2K, Mother! wouldn’t seem like the most necessary candidate for Blu-ray—let alone 4K UHD, available separately—but this 1080p transfer serves up a perfectly capable and accurate presentation,” DVD Talk said.

Concurred Blu-ray.com: “The 1080p master derived from that DI and presented on this AVC-encoded Blu-ray reflects the director’s stylised vision, in which most of the colour has been leached from the image and a haze has been cast over much of the proceedings, usually greenish but sometimes yellow or brown.”

Also new are 6 Days, Acts of Vengeance and Happy Death Day.

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One Response to “New to Blu: January 17 – 23”

  1. Looks like NZ BD buyers get short changed again. No Atmos soundtrack that is offered on the US region A/B BD.

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