New to Blu: September 17-23

Sleepy Hollow at last can be seen here as it should have been broadcast.

It’s one of four series that bow here this week on Blu-ray but is the only one to have suffered an SD telecast.

The Complete First Season has an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1.

“Shot digitally with the Red Epic, Sleepy Hollow is a nicely sharp and detailed looking series in high definition, despite the prevalence of a lot of dark and/or color graded sequences.

“A lot of the CGI is rather soft looking, with many scenes featuring the headless horseman looking almost painterly at times.

“Contrast is generally quite strong, and shadow detail is also above average even in nighttime sequences.”

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season looks fantastic on Blu-ray.

“Those who dislike gritty, grainy transfers will not find it to their liking, but Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray presentation is faithful to the show’s original 16mm source.”

“Like the previous seasons, this video presentation is excellent and completely faithful to the show’s original source material.

“The image is vivid and clear, but also has a slight filmic quality to it as well, as it has a very slight layer of grain to give it an organic look.”

The Walking Dead – The Complete Fourth Season absolutely kills with its lossless 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track.

“Zombie moans creep through the surrounds, gunfire and explosions rock the dynamic range and LFE, and there’s always that unsettling ambience of the environment.”

Also new are The Big Bang Theory – The Complete Seventh Season and Homeland: The Complete Third Season.

“The [latter] continues to be an extremely sharp, well defined and stable looking presentation, one that exploits its native HD roots with some excellent fine detail in things like patterns and weaves on costumes and even some wrenching close-ups of Carrie’s bloodshot eyes in some early episodes.”

The week’s only multiplex release is Mr Peabody & Sherman while going direct to disc are Afflicted (“a little rough looking at times, but it’s intentional, so while there’s nothing reference quality, it’s as intended”), Life of a King (“a somewhat muted and vague video presentation”) and Fatal Honeymoon.

Being dusted off are The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (40th Anniversary Edition)Death Ship and Field of Dreams (which lacks most of the SD extras on the Region A release of five years ago).

Also new are Date A Live – Season 1 Collection, WWE: OMG! Volume 2 – Top 50 Incidents In WCW History and Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson: Thick as a Brick Live in Iceland.

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3 Responses to “New to Blu: September 17-23”

  1. Judging by previous seasons of The Walking Dead released on Blu-ray in NZ, season 4 will not come with a 7.1 soundtrack. Only the US version, which I already have, comes with a 7.1 soundtrack.

  2. I suspect you’re right, Mark. I’m still waiting for confirmation from Universal Pictures NZ, which distributes Fox here.

  3. Saw this series at JB Hi Fi today. Back cover confirms that it comes with a 5.1 soundtrack, not a 7.1 soundtrack

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