New to Blu: May 18 – 24

The Revenant is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1.

“This is quite simply one of the most staggeringly awesome collections of natural vistas I’ve personally encountered on home video, one which has been transferred to the Blu-ray medium with extreme precision and almost haunting beauty at times.”

The sheer impact of the imagery in The Revenant is extraordinary – it really has to be experienced in order to fully appreciate what that means … If you’re looking for a reference-grade 4K video experience that beautifully illuminates the full impact of HDR and the raw power and potential of the Ultra HD format, this it is.

“Sharpness is outstanding in its detail, and black levels are as impressive as can be often blending seamlessly into the letterbox bars in the presentation. Contrast has been consistently applied for a reference quality experience.”

“This is a fine looking Blu-ray without any blemishes whatsoever. The transfer perfectly captures the amazing photography of the film.”

“The Revenant‘s premise and atmosphere absolutely beg for wide-open effects and clever touches, and this lossless audio presentation takes advantage of those demands with a great mix that’s not as overcooked as it could’ve been in lesser hands.

“Although the lack of a Dolby Atmos track (even on the separate UHD 4K disc) is unfortunate, there’s virtually nothing to complain about here.”

Regression‘s 1080p transfer favors the movie’s inherently dark façade. Colours are largely limited to shades of black, dark blue, and gray, with even brighter colours on clothes and natural greenery appearing rather dim under overcast conditions. The palette displays as well as can be expected under the movie’s constraints.”

“I didn’t notice any aliasing or blocking though. Skin tones are lifelike. Black areas are as dark as one might suspect. Workmanlike, it gets the job done without boasting too much.”

“Dialogue is well-prioritised across the front and centre channels, remaining clear and coherentthroughout, and occasionally even panning through to the surrounds. Effects are limited, but allow the environment to come to life where appropriate.”

The only TV-on-BD release is the outstanding true-crime dramatisationCatching Milat. “The video quality is excellent. Being a television miniseries, it does carry a standard interlaced 1080/50i encode, but it nevertheless looks hugely impressive.

“This is a barebones two-disc set, with both 85-minute episodes being given their own disc. Each episode takes up 21GB on a single-layer BD-25 disc, affording an extremely healthy average bitrate of 33mbps.”

Also new on Blu-ray for the first time are Two Hands and Alien Nation, and The Highway Men Live: American Outlaws and Melody Gardot: Live at the Olympia Paris.

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