New to Blu: January 7-13

Into the Storm is the most eye-popping new release in a week light on quality.

“The 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode is just as pretty as you’d hope and completely void of compression flaws.

“The video quality is so good, in fact, that it reveals how imperfect some of the CG work is – which I somehow didn’t notice when seeing the movie in theatres.

“Although hand-held, because this isn’t your typical shaky found footage affair, there’s a lot of detail to behold. The imagery is clear.

“For the most part, it’s very clean too.”

“The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is incredible, and shows off the film’s strong sound design.

“Calling the mix immersive is an understatement, and viewers are thrown directly into the path of oncoming tornadoes.

“Range and clarity are both good, and the mix appropriately delivers the action and quieter, dialogue-heavy scenes.”

The rest of the week’s new releases are mostly direct-to-disc save for one undistinguished library title:

  • American Muscle
  • Way of the Wicked
  • The Grandmaster
  • Juan of the Dead
  • Gun Woman
  • When a Stranger Calls

So far the best of the new year releases, both in terms of content and specifications, is the latest John le Carre adaptation.

A Most Wanted Man features a lovely 2.35:1/1080p transfer. Detail and contrast are consistently sharp across the board, though the former softens a bit in the movie’s many rain-soaked, neon-lit Hamburg street scenes.

“The colours are especially rich during these scenes, which really shine in high definition.”

“Audio comes vis a robust DTS-HD Master surround at 3678 kbps. It’s quite impacting taking all the film offers, effects-wise, and exports it very tightly and with depth.”

Also new this month are:

  • The Purge 2: Anarchy
  • Predestination
  • Felony
  • ABCs of Death 2
  • James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3
  • Looking (s1)
  • Shameless (s4)
  • Strike Back (s2).
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2 Responses to “New to Blu: January 7-13”

  1. The new release is ABCs of Death 2.

  2. Thanks, Mark. Also appreciate your other comments.

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