New to Blu: September 21-27

Expect Ridley Scott’s take on Robin Hood to hit the Blu-ray sales bull’s-eye this week.

It’s being released in three editions: a single-disc Blu-ray, with both the theatrical and director’s cuts; an “epic” two-disc edition with both cuts as well as more extensive extras; and as a double-feature with Scott and star Russell Crowe’s first collaboration, Gladiator.

While Blu-ray.com thought the transfer “good, though at times problematic”, DVD Town called it “exquisitely detailed” and criticised only a few shimmering moire patterns.

“Beyond this, Robin Hood has a great film-like appearance that looks very natural. Colours are well saturated and never look overly processed as many modern films do.”

AV Forums rated the transfer 9/10 — “superior black levels and balanced contrast round off a solid visual presentation” — and said the picture-in-picture Director’s Notebook was “quite a welcome offering which utilises high-def technology well”.

Also new from Wednesday is the season-one Blu-ray of TV3’s HD hit, Glee. Its transfer, too, has divided critics.

The Digital Bits reckons it’s “very good on the whole” and improves on Fox TV’s HD broadcasts in the US whereas Hi-Def Digest thought the opposite: “So why does it only look so-so here? Maybe it’s because 22 hour-long episodes presented in 1080p are crammed onto four 50GB Blu-ray discs.

“Along with more than two hours of special features, each episode seems a little compressed and packed too tightly.”

Also new from Wednesday are Blu-rays of Hot Tub Time MachineThe Wiggles: Let’s Eat and three movies that bypassed cinemas: The Other Man, The Spy Next Door and Black Lightning.

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