New to Blu: October 9-15 > Movies

There’s nothing to get hung up about over the Blu-ray specs for The Hangover Part III.

“We can bitch about the movie as much as we want, but the 2.40:1 1080p transfer on The Hangover Part III’s Blu-ray debut is a knockout.

“Compression artifacting is a non-issue, aliasing and banding are nowhere to be found, and black levels are super inky throughout without ever resorting to crush.”

The Hangover Part III traverses the southwestern United States, so natural light has a way of working itself into play quite cleanly.

“Toward the end, when the guys wind up in Vegas again, the Strip appears with a vividness I fondly remember from part one.”

The Hangover Part III also boasts an aggressive, action-packed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track that shares far more in common with that of a high-octane summer blockbuster than a chatty R-rated comedy.”

The sequel also is being bundled with The Hangover Trilogy while After Earth goes on sale here ahead of the US and UK.

But bowing on disc months after those markets is Hyde Park on Hudson, which “comes with a great 1080p HD transfer presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image itself looks beautiful.”

“This film has a really gorgeous, diffused quality throughout much of it that may be mistaken for ‘softness’, something that is belied by the excellent fine detail that is readily apparent, especially in close-ups.”

The Paperboy lands here without Region’s A’s extras but with its “so-so” audio and video.

The Paperboy was shot on Super 16mm film and presented in a 2.35 aspect ratio.

“Picture is very clean with a bit of film grain. Colour is rather light with a slight brownish tint to most shots.”

Also new are Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons and:

Byzantium (“there’s a refined sure-footedness to the picture here that only occasionally fails to hit it’s intended mark of perfectly balancing the bleak normality of every day life with the intense and colourful vampiric undercurrent”)

 Frankenstein’s Army (“solid A/V presentation”)

 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded (“looks the part of the straight-to-video sequel, shot fast and cheap with Red Epic digital cameras and minimal lighting setups”)

Deadfall (“detail is nice and sharp with contrast and black levels being on target”)

 No One Lives (“has a quality picture that makes the most out of nearly every frame and manages to highlight the detail and colour of the film, even during scenes set at night or in dark, enclosed spaces”)

The swag of re-issues ranges from Adaptation (“the print is in great shape with a light to moderate layer of grain throughout”), Slither and The People vs Larry Flynt (“detailed and film-like”) to Stanley Kubrick’s rarely seen Fear and Desire (“clarity is excellent and blacks and contrast levels are solid”) and another batch of excellent Hammer Horror restorations: Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, The Quatermass Xperiment and Frankenstein Created Woman.

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One Response to “New to Blu: October 9-15 > Movies”

  1. The old corollary, “the worse the movie, the better the video transfer,” holds true in the HD age.

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