New to Blu: July 2-8

The LEGO Movie is this week’s biggest release in Blu-ray land.

“Much like its 3D version, The LEGO Movie in 2D is great material for modern HD displays.

“It’s like seeing your imagination come to life. LEGOland feels … real.

“What’s particularly impressive is the way the filmmakers have used mostly computer-generated animation to make a movie that looks photo realistic, giving various plastic pieces perfect textures.”

“There isn’t a hint of significant macroblocking, banding or any other encoding issue of note.

“This is about as pristine and impeccable as they come. Fans will be overjoyed.”

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is as much fun as the film itself.

“Dialogue is directed mostly to the centre channel, and is always clear and intelligible.

“The track also uses a lot of discrete surround effects, including some mesmerizing 360 degree panning effects.”

All is Lost is presented in a very fine looking transfer that sports solid colours (a lot of blues) and dark black levels. Although there is a bit of film grain present, it’s natural looking and doesn’t hinder the picture.”

“Being a film with very little dialogue, sound design is incredibly important and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix has seemingly been primed to make the most of every single sound effect the film has to offer.”

“Oscar-nominated for its sound, I couldn’t get over how amazing All is Lost sounded. For a film with about eight lines of dialogue (yes, really) that’s not the focus. The little things like the waves smashing up against the side of the boat, the ominous thunder during the storm and the sound when he goes under water.

“It’s both amazing and immersive.”

“The 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer of Non-Stop is crisp and clean, with excellent clarity and contrast, nicely modulated color, and plenty of depth and presence.”

“Picture quality is expectedly grand. Images are crisp and tight in the wide 2.40:1 frame. Unlike a great number of new releases, Non-Stop was actually shot on 35mm film. Here it’s still pretty much indistinguishable from the digitally-made ones. It looks great.”

Non-Stop has an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix (@ an average 3.9 mbps, going up to 5.3 mbps in the bigger moments), and it’s probably the strongest element for the movie and the Blu-ray.

“Beyond the big jet engine sounds on the exteriors, the movie also has a palpable sense of atmosphere thanks to the sound mix.”

Also new are Endless Love (“offers a fantastic image that is as glossy and nearly free from imperfection as the film’s cast”), Vampire Academy (“a solid transfer of a visually drab and genre-typical image”) and The Legend of Sarila.

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4 Responses to “New to Blu: July 2-8”

  1. Non-stop, The LEGO Movie and All is Lost. Everything is awesome! Never sit next to Liam Neeson on a plane or share a taxi!

  2. I think New Zealand should change it name to Middle Zealand 🙂

  3. Have purchased The LEGO Movie this arfo. Can’t view it yet — lost three pieces under the table while my wife was vacuuming! Does the Blu-ray copy come assembled?

  4. I was reading in a gossip magazine that Morgan Freeman had it written into his contract before he did The LEGO Movie that he be allowed to keep his screen wardrobe. There was tension on the set when the director called one of the cast a little brick!

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