New to Blu: March 9 – 15

Spectre looks and sounds terrific … Presented in 1080p at an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, the video image is subtle, richly detailed, and features excellent contrast and clarity.

“The colour palette is carefully tuned to each new location in the film, lending a stylish and glamorous touch to the proceedings.”

“This Blu-ray may not qualify as typical home theatre eye candy for those who expect every movie to have vibrant popping colors and scorching contrast.

Sam Mendes shot the majority of Spectre on film, and this transfer is consistently sharp and detailed, with pleasing fluidity and depth. Those looking for the neons of Skyfall look elsewhere, as Spectre plays in yellows, browns and desaturised colours.

“The movie’s photography is deliberately stylised to be a little soft and hazy, with flat contrasts and muted colours. As so many movies today move toward High Dynamic Range projection in theaters (and on the new Ultra HD home format), this is consciously a low dynamic range picture.”

“Dialogue is firmly prioritised across the frontal array, remaining clear and coherent throughout, and the swooning score is given room to breathe, whilst effects are given definition by the surrounds, which whip prop planes across your living room, or helicopters spinning out of control around your sofa, and bring building-shaking effects to life with added LFE oomph.”

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse features a technically sound and all-around satisfying 1080p transfer. Image basics are excellent.”

“Things pop quite well in this small zombie film, giving the image a well defined and entertaining look.

“Detail is sharp and vivid throughout with excellent close-ups that show the gory makeup effects and blemishes, individual hairs on the actor’s faces and numerous zombie animals, as well as the fine stitching in the scout’s uniforms.”

“The 2.40:1 visuals are sharp and vibrant, while the 5.1 DTS-HD master audio does a lively job of distributing dialogue, music, and those zombie sound effects.”

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) and I’m pleased to report that the picture quality isn’t bad.

“I wasn’t expecting too much from a movie that’s almost 20 years old and not exactly well-loved, but it’s clear that it has been remastered, with less grain than I was expecting, although the quality of the model shots is significantly worse than the rest of the movie.”

“Like the video, Baron Munchausen’s Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track shows its age and sounds a bit underwhelming compared to the best catalog remasters on the market.”

Also new are Chain of Command (“sharpness is consistently excellent throughout, and colour values are strong and realistic”), IntrudersSleeping With Other People, Now Add HoneySword Art Online 2 – Part 3, Transformers: Prime – Season 3 and WWE: Royal Rumble 2016.

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One Response to “New to Blu: March 9 – 15”

  1. There is also the complete series 9 Doctor Who Blu-ray, I got it today and it’s a very impressive package 🙂

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