New to Blu: Movies > October 5-11

Thor will be the lightning rod for this week’s Blu-ray sales.

The 2D and 3D versions head an eclectic slate of releases that have come direct from the multiplex, direct from the studio vaults or direct to disc.

Thor’s transfer “never quite excels to the level of absolute visual perfection, but it comes awfully close despite some style-induced bumps in the road”.

Yet in terms of colour clarity, breathtaking detail and amazing depth, “few Blu-rays come close to what is often on display here”.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules has “a very bright, very sharp, and very colourful transfer with deep saturation levels” and “a fine grain structure and sharp detail that picks up minute details extending well into the background”.

The Company Men has a “sparkling transfer”, although “there is nothing in its palette that jumps off the screen, no bold colours and certainly no amazing cinematography to show off any fancy lighting schemes”.

Although Biutiful’s palette mainly consists of greys and whites, “the transfer packs in immense depth and clarity” and “belies its sad and doleful countenance to reveal the unexpected beauty in the squalor and poverty of Barcelona’s underclass”.

Contributing to this week’s bumper Blu-ray slate is a slew of back-catalogue releases, ranging from vintage (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Leopard), to modern (The Constant Gardener, United 93), to horror (Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, the second and third movies in the Scream and Final Destination franchises).

The Four Musketeers also rides again while going direct to disc are: Honey 2, Insidious, All Good Things, Wrecked, Boogie, The Lost Bladesman, Thirteen, Snowtown, Bedevilled and The Big Bang.

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