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New to Blu: May 17 – 23

   Direct-to-dsic releases dominate this week’s slate, with the best of the obscure bunch being The Autopsy Of Jane Doe. “Umbrella Entertainment presents the film in 1080p in the AVC MPEG-4 codec, in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio,” Rewind said. “Being a recent film, the transfer is basically flawless. It is a dark film as it […]

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New to Blu: May 10 – 16

  Patriots Day, a dramatisation of the Boston Marathon bombing, earns a 4K-UHD release, as do re-issues of The Mummy Returns and The Mummy – Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor, while Oscar favourites Fences and Hidden Figures are Blu-ray only. And exclusive to Australasia is a remastered version of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which is ironic given the 2014 update never landed here […]

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New to Blu: May 3 – 9

   It’s an Oscar-winning trifecta this week, with La La Land, Lion and Manchester by the Sea all landing on Blu-ray. “Lion comes to Blu-ray in a very straight-forward 1080p presentation that preserves the film’s theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1,” Home Theater Forum said. “Colours are solid but somewhat muted, often leaning toward earthy browns […]

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New to Blu: April 26 – May 3

  Best picture Oscar-winner Moonlight leads a heavyweight Blu-ray slate that’s notable for the number of 4K-UHD releases: Sing, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and Allied. “This is a breathtaking presentation from beginning to end that adds more power and artistry to an already illustrious film,” High-Def Digest said of Moonlight while DVD Talk reckoned the “gorgeous cinematography looks as vibrant […]

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New to Blu: April 19 – 25

   Tanna, the Oscar-nominated Vanuatuan take on Romeo & Juliet, heads this week’s minuscule slate of Blu-ray newcomers. It originally screened on last year’s film festival circuit and is being re-issued on Blu-ray following a DVD-only release in September. “This transfer offers a beautifully lush and nicely saturated accounting of the forested palette, one that is awash in a glut […]

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New to Blu: April 12 – 18

   It’s a happy Easter for fans of Disney’s Pacific Islands hit Moana, which lands here on 2D and 3D Blu-ray, but Kiwis miss out on the 4K-UHD versions of Passengers and Why Him?. “Moana‘s 1080p transfer is flat-out gorgeous, maybe one of the most vibrant the format has seen,” Blu-ray.com said. “Colours are resplendent. Blue waters […]

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New to Blu: April 5 – 11

  The latest Star Wars adventure goes back to the future on Blu-ray in a stellar week for new releases. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was digitally photographed but practically passes for filmic texturing,” Blu-ray.com said. “Disney’s 1080p transfer is gorgeous (and one can only imagine what might have been/will be with a UHD release; […]

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New to Blu: March 29 – April 4

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them can be found this week on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. But Kiwis are missing out on the 4K releases of the last four Harry Potter movies, which go on sale in Australia, the UK and the US at the same time as Beasts. According to AVS Forum, […]

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New to Blu: March 22 – 28

   The biggest new Blu-ray slate in weeks includes Bafta-winner I, Daniel Blake and three 4K-UHD newcomers. “The Blu-ray transfer is suitably bright and consistent, full of depth,” The Digital Fix said of I, Daniel Blake. “The audio is full of environmental detail, especially in crowds.” “Even though it was shot on 35mm for the realistic feel and […]

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New to Blu: March 15 – 21

  Hacksaw Ridge is the latest big-gun Blu-ray for which the 4K release is MIA. It’s for sale on 4K-UHD in the UK and US, where critics have raved about its superiority. “Hacksaw Ridge was captured at 3.4K resolution on Arri Alexa and Red Epic Dragon cameras, and completed as a 2K digital intermediate,” Home Theater […]

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