New to Blu: June 29-July 5

You’d be mad as a hatter to pass up the latest Disney classic on Blu-ray,  Alice in Wonderland.

Its 60th anniversary restoration has been widely praised for the “faultless” transfer but AVForums thought it “so spotless, so gleaming and resplendent, so eye-poppingly colourful and vibrant, that it just doesn’t look like organic animation any more”.

However, The Cinema Laser called it “truly wondrous … dazzles one’s eye at every turn” while the Ultimate Guide to Disney DVD judged it to be “staggering in every regard … I’ve seen this movie more times than I’d probably care to admit, and I was able to notice details that never leapt out at me before.”

Also new this week is another animation sensation, Gnomeo & Juliet.

High-Def Digest dubbed the transfer “reference quality … about as good as it gets” while DVD Active thought it “fantastic”, albeit with the caveat: “The film itself isn’t as visually impressive as most of the big-budget animations from the likes of Pixar.”

The far-from-the-madding crowd frolic, Tamara Drewe, also drew hardy reviews for its HD specs: “a top-tier transfer from beginning to end” (Blu-ray.com); “does a terrific job of highlighting the gorgeous UK settings” (DVD Talk); “a pleasure” (High-Def Digest).

The Digital Fix acclaimed The Last Exorcism’s transfer as “clean and faultless” but others argued otherwise: “Barely better than an upscaled DVD when compared to higher production releases” (DVD Therapy);  “while the resolution is technically increased over that of the standard DVD, it’s hard to tell a major difference between the two” (Blu-rayDefinition); “anyone thinking they’re in for a sparklingly sharp and clear picture with this film is sure to be disappointed” (Blu-ray.com).

Due on Friday is Evangelion 2.22: You Can [Not] Advance and on Monday, That’s What I Am.

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