New to Blu: November 28 – December 4

  

The Meg


➢ “The HDR colourist really went to town on Warner’s 2160p, HEVC/H.265-encoded UHD of The Meg, brightening the image throughout and selectively enhancing the contrast so that the disc provides a shining example of the 4K virtues promised in Warner’s promos for the format. Whether or not this is the lighting that cinematographer Tom Stern intended, it certainly fits with the film’s general approach, which is anything but subtle.” — Blu-ray.com.

➢ “The film was mastered with Dolby Vision HDR and it also arrives on this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision, encoded in HEVC 2160p (4K) framed at 2.40:1. It looks stunning to say the least. The cerulean waters sparkle in the daylight thanks to the dynamics and the wide colour gamut, and the shadows in the underwater sequences are exceptionally nuanced. Night scenes of the cityscapes and shorelines ‘pop’ from the screen. Detail is crisp and there’s excellent depth of field.” — TheaterByte.

➢ “The Meg makes for a solid 1080p 2.40:1 transfer. This is a big-time CGI effects-heavy spectacle and those results can be a bit mixed … Overall, this is still a quality image that should please fans who rock 1080p and haven’t made the leap to 4K yet.” — High-Def Digest.

  

Incredibles 2


➢ “Although Incredibles 2 was rendered as a 2K digital intermediate, Disney’s 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer with HDR-10 on the 4K UHD Blu-ray is an excellent upconversion. Colours pop, especially the reds and oranges. Fine detail is excellent, revealing more defined textures in the costumes than what is evident on the included 1080p Blu-ray. Contrast is greatly improved.” — Home Theater Forum.

➢ “Perhaps the most obvious distinction between this upscaled 4K/HDR-10 UHD release of Incredibles 2 and the counterpart Blu-ray is its darker façade, apparent immediately without even conducting a compare-and-contrast exercise. Black level depth and shadow details appear richer …  The classic red Incredibles costumes enjoy a more thoroughly dense and deep colouring, leaving the Blu-ray appearing borderline garish in comparison.” — Blu-ray.com.

➢ “Supers come out of hiding with a spectacular, reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode, sure to be cheered and welcomed in every home theater. Overall definition and clarity are among the sharpest and most striking in the Pixar Blu-ray library, exposing every nook and cranny decorating the background.” — High Def Digest.

● Also new are Mile 22 (“beyond the noise, the image is a winner“) and Star Wars Rebels: Season 4.

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