New to Blu: October 1-7

The top-selling Blu-ray this week in the US should monster the competition here, too.

Godzilla stomps onto Blu-ray with an excellent AVC-MPEG 4 encode framed in the film’s original 2.40:1 aspect ratio.

“While the film’s palette grows increasingly monotone (and grim), colour reproduction and skin tones remain vibrant and accurate.

“Detail and resolution are available in spades — you can see every spec of dirt and debris.”

“The Blu-ray edition’s 3D experience isn’t as jaw-dropping as its stunning 2D transfer, but it’s no less proficient.

“Its DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track is fantastic; without flaw.”

“Dialogue in the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is consistently crisp, clear and intelligible.

“Given the subject matter, I expected LFE to be where the track really shows its stuff, but it turns out the surround channels – even in my 5.1 setup – are where things really shine.”

Maleficent lands here ahead of its US release, in both 2D and 3D editions (Americans will miss out on the latter), while Rio 2 also is out in both options.

“The 3D presentation adds some rather impressive depth from virtually the first moment when the Carnaval celebrations erupt in a flurry of confetti that seems to fly right out into the face of the viewer.

“There are a number of typically gimmicky shots here (blueberries flying at the camera, planes of depth in forest scenes, etc.), but the really commendable thing here is the consistency of the dimensionality even in relatively routine scenes.”

“This is a great-looking film filled to the brim with bright colours, stunning detail and considerable depth.

“The DTS HD 7.1 Master Audio track is equally fantastic, highlighting the diverse array of music littered all over the soundtrack.”

The week’s other ‘toons range from Toy Story of Terror (“sharpness is expectantly brilliant throughout, and colour is controlled to beautiful and intricate perfection”) to Hercules, Tarzan and the live action mix, Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

Also getting dusted off for the first time on Blu-ray are the “unrated” edition of Dumb and Dumber, and Gremlins and its sequel, while going direct-to-disc are The Longest WeekBad Johnson and Grand Piano.

TV series are limited to the latest season of The Vampire Diaries, the first season of The Originals and a seven-season Big Bang Theory box set.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: October 1-7”

  1. According to Mighty Ape season 9 of Supernatural was suppose to be out today but has been put back to October 8th, annoying 🙁

  2. Terrible news on the local release of Maleficent. It only comes with a lossy DTS 5.1 soundtrack. No HD soundtrack. US release comes with a DTS HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack which would blow the lossy DTS soundtrack out of the water. Could someone contact Disney NZ and ask them how they could release such an inferior product?

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