New to Blu: September 14 – 20

The biggest grossing NZ movie of all time ($12.14 million), Hunt for the Wilderpeople, goes on sale today with a swag of extras. They include interviews with cast members, a blooper reel, a making-of short and, most promising of all, an audio commentary with director Taika Waititi and stars Julian Dennison and Sam Neill.

The biggest grossing Kiwi movie of all time ($12.14 million), Hunt for the Wilderpeople, goes on sale today with a swag of extras. They include cast interviews, a blooper reel, a making-of short and, most promising of all, an audio commentary with director Taika Waititi and stars Julian Dennison and Sam Neill.

   

Money Monster features a fine, but not particularly standout-ish, 1080p transfer.

“The digitally photographed movie shows its wares nicely enough on the Blu-ray format, with a good, clean picture that yields sturdy details and honest colours.”

Money Monster puts stock in a Blu-ray DTS-HD MA 5.1 track that isn’t as good as its video quality counterpart, but is a strong enough entry for a heavily talky thriller.

“This does tend to be a front heavy track, but every time the surrounds do kick in, it s effective.”

“Sony’s Blu-ray offers great picture and sound but just okay extras. It’s the kind of disc you rent, not buy.

Now You See Me 2 is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1.

“This digitally shot film (utilising both Arri and Red cameras, according to the IMDb) has a generally very polished and extremely well detailed look, though contrast is occasionally spotty.”

“The quality of the image here is pretty good, with bright colours and defined textures and kin tones.

“The only small caveat I have about the image is that the black levels in some of the darker sequences (of which there are a lot) aren’t quite as inky deep as I’ve seen on other titles.”

Precious Cargo actually has a pretty pleasing, well detailed 2.40:1 1080p transfer …

“Black levels are nicely inky with controlled contrast allowing for some measure of depth to come through. Colours are stable and natural allowing for plenty of primary pop.”

“The audio is a particularly forgettable 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, one that bangs and thuds the way it needs to on Blu-ray without much to really ensnare the audience’s attention.”

❏ Also going direct to disc are Urge (“technical merits are very strong“), Road Games (“a fine presentation”), Queen Of The DesertCode of Honour and The Meddler.

New on the ‘toon front are a 4K release of The Angry Birds Movie (“a marvelous, near-reference HEVC H.265 encode in HDR10 that delivers a gorgeously stunning presentation and comes with a variety of demo-worthy moments”) and the video game adaptation, Heavenly Sword.

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