New to Blu: January 8-14

R.I.P.D. was DOA at the box office in the US but its resurrection on Blu-ray should be worth a look for its HD specs.

R.I.P.D. debuts unto Blu-ray with a first-rate 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that often amazes with a variety of highly-detailed scenes.”

“The clarity of the transfer does have a bit of a downside, as the frequent CG work is overly obvious in many places.

“The issues are mainly going to be a problem for nitpickers though, as the fast-paced film doesn’t let your eyes linger anywhere too long.”

There’s also a 3D Blu-ray, although it may not be worth the upgrade.

R.I.P.D. offers a decent 3D experience thanks to its technically proficient 1080p/MVC-encoded video presentation.

“Bad news? The film’s post-conversion was already decidedly unremarkable to begin with, and its 3D Blu-ray doesn’t improve matters.”

“At least in terms of the sound, this is a great presentation.

“The sound happily fills all the speakers, with plenty of use of surrounds for both music and atmospheric effects.

“Given all the heavy apocalyptic undertones and overtones, the movie certainly makes frequent use of the subwoofer.”

Another of last year’s flops, Paranoia, looks pristine on Blu-ray.

“There is really nothing wrong at all with this sparkling and most appealing transfer.

“Sharpness is first rate throughout with loads of detail.”

“The 5.1 DTS-HD master audio also makes a good impression on the viewer, utilising the full soundfield and in an even, fitting fashion.”

Another poorly reviewed movie with a fantastic transfer is Planes.

“Presented in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio, the image bursts off the screen with a wide assortment of bright, vivid colours.”

“The DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack of Planes also soared.

“It came with a wide variety of sequences that gave us chances for vivid material, and it brought those out in a satisfying way.”

Mood Indigo also should look sensational on Blu-ray and comes with both the theatrical and director’s cut while going direct to disc is Stoker, which was shot on 35mm

“The 1080p transfer of this film, which depends on its visual artistry to succeed, is pretty gorgeous indeed. From beginning to end, you can see the filmic detail, the cinematic vision of every shot.”

“I was even more dazzled by the soundtrack …

“Conversations, footsteps, the tick-tocking of a metronome, the sound of a knife on a chopping board, the sipping of wine … all of these innocuous, incidental sounds are treated with the utmost importance, given the sort of attention normally reserved for more obvious, in-your-face effects.”

It’s a strong week for direct-to-disc newcomers, with others including: The East (“start-to-finish gorgeous”); Scenic Route (“displays extraordinary definition and sharp clarity”); Hell Baby (“a typical higher end experience, yielding bold, even colours and well-defined details”); The Hot Flashes; Absolute Deception; You’re Next; White Collar Hooligan 2; and Gallow Walkers.

El-Cid-15551387-3New on the back catalogue front are: El Cid (“image quality is remarkable”); The Night Porter (“basics are quite strong”); Army of Darkness – 20th Anniversary Director’s Cut; Halloween 2; Halloween 3: The Season of the Witch; Kickboxer; Red Scorpion; Barb Wire; and The Beastmaster.

Rounding out the week are the anime titles Blue Exorcist 04, Eureka Seven Ao: Astral Ocean – Collection 2, Guilty Crown – Collection Two, Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing – Collection 2, Michiko & Hatchin – Collection 1, Naruto Shippuden The Movie: The Lost Tower, Wolf Children – Special Edition and Sword Art Online Vol. 1: Aincrad Part 1 (also in Limited Collector’s Box edition).

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4 Responses to “New to Blu: January 8-14”

  1. I know I’m getting ahead of myself but I’m SO looking forward to Twin Peaks being released on Blu-ray sometime this year … should be damn fine 🙂

  2. Apparently we will not be getting the 3D version of Planes in New Zealand. Quite disappointing as the reviews from overseas on the 3D version of Planes suggest that the 3D quality is excellent. Admittedly though the film may not be that great. It would be good to have the 3D option though.

  3. 3D is becoming more and more a bandaid for crap films :p Nothing could make RIPD watchable – not 3D, 4D or even feel-around vision! Stoker is the pick of the new releases and guess what, no 3D! Yah!

  4. At least we are getting the 3D version of Gravity, which I see is being released here February 26th, YAY 🙂

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