New to Blu: September 25-October 1

Ahead of its primetime resurrection on TV2 rises The Walking Dead – The Complete Third Season.

The Walking Dead has always looked great on Blu-ray and the third season is no exception.

“The grittiness from previous seasons is continued here, but it only adds to the overall quality of the experience.

“The 1080p presentation has a great cinematic feel to it.”

“It’s not necessarily classic ‘reference’ material but this transfer displays the show as it was meant to be seen.”

The US release, through Anchor Bay, has 7.1 audio but the local 20th Century Fox version appears to be 5.1 only.

“The English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio is sublime, making the audio on these discs, like the video presentation, far exceeding the quality of this third season’s original TV broadcasts.”

“For such a low-budget film, Antiviral boasts a very impressive 1080p/AVC-encoded Blu-ray presentation.

“Cinematographer Karim Hussain previously shot the insanely oversaturated Hobo with a Shotgun, and he takes the completely opposite approach here, giving Antiviral a bleached-white antiseptic vibe, almost entirely free from strong colour.”

“There is colour, both cool and warm, but the basis of every hue is blown out due to bright whites and crushed blacks.

“For the most part, the colours that give the image its hue texture are extremely delicate (with the exception of some of the natural greens of the ‘outside world’ and, of course, the blood reds), so much that they’d likely turn to mush on a standard definition release.”

The Call‘s digital photography usually sparkles on Blu-ray.

“The only real problem area comes from blacks that could stand to be a little tighter, a bit deeper, and not quite so pale as they sometimes are, but this is otherwise a high quality and high yield Blu-ray presentation that shows just how great a digitally photographed motion picture can look.”

“This release comes with a demo-worthy lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix. The dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to understand, with no evidence of cracks or hissing at any point.”

“‘Dead Man Down has been given a solid 1080p/AVC-MPEG 4 encode that widens the theatrical 2.35:1 aspect ratio to 2.40:1 and is damn near perfect.

“Go figure – Sony puts out another fantastic-looking Blu-ray.”

“The AVC HD image is crystal clear and razor sharp … Having said that, the contrast and black levels work well off one another, though there were a few instances in which the image was a bit inconsistent.”

“Shot in 3D using the Red Epic camera system with the latest rig from 3ality Technica, Texas Chainsaw debuts on 3D Blu-ray with a first-rate, near-reference 1080p/MVC MPEG-4 encode (2.40:1).”

“The movie is worthless, but this DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack is super-duper aggressive and just the kind of thing I’d expect from a reboot this focused on style over substance.”

Dark Skies brightens up video screens with a fantastic high definition presentation. The picture fluctuates between daytime and nighttime footage, both displayed to excellent results.”

“For a movie like this, sound design is as, if not more, important than the visuals, and the Dark Skies Blu-ray comes up aces in this department as well.

“The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio manages to complement the onscreen action and generate a few good jumps of its own thanks to sparse but effective use of the surround channels.”

Also new are Red Lights (“clean, fine-grained and noiseless, with detail retained even in areas of dark shadow”), Sawney: Flesh of Man, White Collar Hooligan, Return to Nim’s Island and WWE Legends of Mid-South Wrestling.

Being dusted off are The Island (“impressive without being amazing”), Dead Ringers, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Doctor Dolittle, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Midnight Lace.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: September 25-October 1”

  1. I have imported from America the uncut versions of the first three seasons of Walking Dead. The 7.1 soundtracks on seasons two and three were stunning. Local release of season two only came with a Dolby Digital soundtrack. No wonder so many people import from overseas. I saw Dark Skies at the movies and picked up the US release on Blu-ray. I thought that it was a really good movie and well worth watching.

  2. That sucks. HD pictures need HD sound. There are no excuses.

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