New to Blu: May 21-27

Blu-ray buffs won’t have to be coerced into buying American Hustle.

“Framed at 2.40 widescreen, the movie was finished at 4K (as is typical for a recent Sony co-production) and it looks fabulous on 1080p Blu-ray.”

“Everything about this transfer is excellent from the fine detail to accurate colours to film-like texture.

“Being the ‘70s an effort is made to make the colours bold and vibrant but as a contrast some sets are also drab and muted.”

“The accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is almost as impressive, boasting punch and precision as it delivers an oftentimes electrifying mix of sharp dialogue, fine ambient observation, and jazzy, funky and disco beats.”

47 Ronin arrives on a great 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode. The movie is presented in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

“Despite the movie itself not being anything special, the video quality is brilliant.”

At least in 2D. “The dim, sometimes dark world of the ronin and their mystical adversaries doesn’t exactly lend itself to 3D.

“The resulting MVC-encoded 3D experience, though proficient and faithful to its native source, is a bit too flat and uninspiring, with little in the way of 3D pop, notable depth or convincing dimensionality.”

“47 Ronin gets an English DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix (@ an average 3.2 mbps, going up to 4.6 mbps during the big action beats), which provides robust sound and as much atmospheric sound as can be imagined.”

Horror fans can choose from three direct-to-disc newcomers: The Dyatlov Pass IncidentJug Face (“a good looking print with sharp detail and nice natural colours”); and In Fear (“a fair-to-good high definition transfer”)

And, despite my posting to the contrary two weeks ago, season one of House of Cards is out today.

The Blu-ray transfer is stunning with a narrower aspect ratio than TV3’s broadcast: 2.00:1.

As to why there’s not a single extra, it’s speculated this is because Netflix wants to retain such material exclusively for its streaming platform rather than offer for third-party distribution.

Also new are Night Train to LisbonAmerican BullyA Walk To RememberShawn Michael’s Mr WrestlemaniaWWE Best of Raw – After the ShowBilly Joel: A Matter of Trust – The Bridge To Russia, Made in Japan and The Zombie Horror Picture Show.

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