New to Blu: September 18-24

Which will be most sought after on Blu-ray this week: Star Trek Into Darkness or the Trekkie-themed episode of The Big Bang Theory that went where no other had gone before in the ratings?

 Into Darkness is being released in both 2D and 3D editions.

“The 1080p/MVC MPEG-4 transfer for the 3D edition is significantly less grainy than the 2D version of the movie.

“It has clearly undergone some grain removal processing as part of the 3D conversion, which will also compromise detail and texture.”

“Presented in 2.35:1 and shot largely on film (35 mm Panavision and some 65 mm IMAX, with select use of Red Epic HD cameras), this film just looks fantastic.

“Colour, contrast and detail are all wonderful, with accurate flesh tones, nuanced shadings and deep, deep blacks.

“Plus, the lens flares that irritated so many with the first film have been toned down to a more appropriate level.”

“From the opening notes of Michael Giacchino’s now-familiar Star Trek reboot theme, it’s clear that Star Trek Into Darkness’ Dolby TrueHD 7.1 soundtrack means business, and that business is sonic perfection.”

Season six of The Big Bang Theory includes the record-rating episode, The Bakersfield Expedition, in which Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj are stranded in the desert dressed up as Star Trek: Next Generation characters en route to a comics convention.

“Warner’s 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation looks just fine, without any major eyesores or irritations to report. All 24 sixth season episodes are spread evenly across two BD-50 discs, and don’t exhibit any significant signs of overcrowding or limited space.”

The week’s only other new releases are direct-to-disc.

The Numbers Station sports a pretty good Blu-ray transfer. The 2.40:1 picture is more grainy and splotchy than you would expect a brand new film to be, but it is otherwise clean and sharp. Detail is just okay in the film’s predominantly dark palette.

“It was shot on a high-end digital camera (the Arri Alexa) and that born-digital look is preserved well on this 2.40:1/1080p AVC-encoded transfer.

“Like the film itself, the image is modest. There are lots of grays, blues, and whites to be found in the bunker, and black levels are deep and detailed throughout.”

“By and large, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox looks spectacular on Blu-ray.

“The linework is fairly crisp and well-defined, aside from some especially diffused moments that are clearly a stylistic choice.”

“While most DC adventures opt for natural colours, Paradox went with a more stylised look.

“It tended toward low-key tones and favored a fairly teal appearance much of the time.

“The colours seemed fine, as they represented their intended schemes.

“Blacks were deep and dark, while shadows looked smooth and clear. This wasn’t a great image but it was very good.”

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One Response to “New to Blu: September 18-24”

  1. Why is the phrase ‘2.35:1’ still used 42 years after the standard was changed to 2.40:1?

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