New to Blu: October 12-18

Expect The Lion King to rule this week’s Blu-ray sales, with three editions being released.

This is the first time Disney’s 1994 ‘toon titan has been offered in high definition and/or 3D.

The Diamond 2D or 3D editions include a filmmakers’ commentary, deleted/alternate and extended scenes, and an interactive Blu-ray gallery.

There’s also an eight-disc Ultimate Edition that combines both Blu-ray versions with the movie’s direct-to-video sequels in HD (as well as DVD copies).

Whichever option you choose, The Lion King “looks downright fantastic in every frame” – “brimming with colour and detail, the sharp and immaculate picture is a feast for the eyes”.

As for the 3D up-conversion, it’s apparently satisfying without being revolutionary: “Given a choice, I would rather watch this 3D version over the 2D counterpart as the depth does add a new sense of realism never-before-seen.”

There are more animal antics in Water for Elephants, which has a “high-end transfer” and “stomps” the DVD with three times as many extras.

Meanwhile, Scream 4’s 1080p transfer is “nothing short of perfection. This is a gorgeous image and positively blows away the previous three instalments in terms of grain structure, detailing, colour, and absence of technical faults.”

Likewise, the lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio: “Everything down to the ‘whoosh’ of a knife moving through the air is finely-detailed.”

Back-catalogue horror Drag Me to Hell also bows on Blu-ray this week, as do seasons two of Glee and Modern Family.

The visuals in season two of Modern Family are “just as fabulous” as season one, although Kiwi fans will never know as season one is offered here only on DVD.

“All of the artifacting and other peculiarities associated with the over-compressed network feeds are nowhere to be seen on the Blu-ray collection. Modern Family looks more like a dramatic series than a traditional sitcom and boasts a strong high definition appearance.”

“While Glee looks strong, it doesn’t look absolutely amazing”, although “colours are deeply saturated, black levels are impeccable, and there is hardly any digital noise to be found”.

Rescheduled from last week is Stargate: Atlantis – The Complete Series, going straight to disc is the WWE thriller, Inside Out, and new on the concert front is Usher – OMG Tour Liver From London.

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