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New to Blu: January 17 – 23

  New Zealand missed out on the 4K-UHD re-issue of the original Blade Runner but is part of the global release for Blade Runner 2049. A Few Words About … calls the transfer “absolutely gorgeous” as it’s sourced from 4K data files. This makes it a bit of a rarity in the 4K home video […]

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New to Blu: January 10 – 16

   Battle of the Sexes is the ace Blu-ray of the week. “Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, along with cinematographer Linus Sandgren, gave this production an appropriately ‘old school’ 1970s ambience by shooting on film (with an eventual 2K DI),” Blu-ray.com reports. That gives this transfer a nicely thick, somewhat textured look, with a […]

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Last Jedi First Star Wars on 4K-UHD

Expect Star Wars: The Last Jedi to become the first in the franchise to be released on 4K-UHD. Disney has yet to confirm this but online retailers are taking pre-orders for the title on the format (as well as Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray). There’s no date yet but it’s likely to land in time for […]

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New to Blu: December 20 – January 9

   Dunkirk, It and Kingsman: The Golden Circle dominate a slim Blu-ray slate over Christmas and New Year. “How does the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version?” asked DVD Movie Guide of Dunkirk. Audio remains identical, as both releases sport the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Visuals become a different story, as the movie’s 65mm photography takes […]

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New to Blu: December 12 – 18

   One of the year’s biggest Golden Globe snubs, Wind River, heads this week’s movies-on-Blu-ray slate while season seven of Game of Thrones, which earned only one nomination, dominates the TV releases. “Films set in the dead of winter often appear drab and sterile, and Wind River is no exception, yet the excellent 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 […]

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New to Blu: December 6 – 12

   Despite being American made, American Made lands here on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD a month ahead of the US and two weeks earlier than the UK. Extras include deleted scenes, filmmaker thoughts on the appeal and importance of their movie, star Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman discussing the making of American Made (as well as the aerial stunts), three of the cast discussing […]

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New to Blu: November 29 – December 5

   Marching on to Blu-ray this week are a remastered American Civil War epic and a re-make of a creepy psychological drama set during the same conflict. “Aside from the technological upgrade and the preservation aspects, there isn’t much that a high-definition remastering of Ken Burns’ landmark documentary The Civil War can do to enhance […]

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New to Blu: November 22 – 28

   The Dark Tower stands out as a towering achievement on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. The Stephen King saga earned mixed reviews theatrically but its home video specs are extraordinary, especially the dual format 4K-UHD (HDR10 and Dolby Vision). “It’s a winner. Big time,” Blu-ray.com said. The image boasts serious upgrades over the Blu-ray, particularly in […]

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New to Blu: November 15 – 21

   Atomic Blonde leads an explosive slate of newcomers that’s notable for the raft of classics being re-issued on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “Atomic Blonde is a rather basic digitally shot film which was photographed at a resolution below 4K and subsequently upscaled from a 2K digital intermediate,” Blu-ray.com said. This is a good image and […]

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New to Blu: November 8 – 14

   War for the Planet of the Apes and Westworld are out on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray but Cars 3 misses out on the 4K-UHD release it’s won in the US. Blu-ray.com called the Apes sequel “another stunner of a presentation” on Blu-ray. While a lot of this film is ominously dark and shadowed, detail levels […]

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