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New to Blu: March 20 – 26

Peppermint ➢ “The 2.39:1/1080p/AVC-encoded transfer is expectedly competent. This digitally shot film offers strong fine-object detail and texture. Some wider shots are slightly soft, but the film looks good in motion. Colours are nicely saturated and black levels are generally strong, save a couple of shots in which they push toward purple. I noticed minor […]

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New to Blu: March 13 – 19

  Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition ➢ “The 4K Blu-ray is the closest by far this film has looked to when I saw it at the cinema. Except that to some extent it looks even better – thanks to HDR. Universal/Spielberg haven’t gone overboard with their expansion of the film’s luminance range. Highlights – most notably […]

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New to Blu: March 6 – 12

  Robin Hood ➢ “It’s almost depressing in a way that the video side of things on this release is so spectacular, since all of the impressive 4K visuals are in support of such an underwhelming property. Be that as it may, the digitally captured imagery (reportedly at a source resolution of 8K, finished at […]

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New to Blu: February 27 – March 5

  Widows ➢ “Widows is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1. Shot on film and finished at a 4K DI (according to the IMDb), this is a consistently impressive looking upgrade in both detail levels and especially palette saturation courtesy of HDR … The palette […]

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Due on Blu: Mary Poppins Returns

Ahead of Monday’s Oscars ceremony, where it’s a contender for best music score, costume design and production design, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the April 10 release of Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. Extras will include: • Deleted Song— The Anthropomorphic Zoo: In this early song sequence, Mary Poppins and the children […]

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New to Blu: February 20 – 26

  The Girl in the Spider’s Web ➢ “Sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate, this 2.39:1 1080p transfer is a terrific showcase example demo disc that could only potentially be improved by an HDR 4K UHD presentation. Details are exquisite. The art direction for this film is phenomenal with every location steeped in tiny details […]

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New to Blu: February 13 – 19

  Bohemian Rhapsody ➢ “Bohemian Rhapsody is the first film I’ve reviewed that uses the HDR10+ format [which] adds scene by scene metadata to the standard HDR10 data stream that HDR10+-capable TVs can use to improve the way they render the HDR images … Throughout the film the image looks more dynamic, with slightly more […]

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New to Blu: February 6 – 12

  A Star is Born A Star is Born doesn’t release on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD in the US and Europe until next week, so reviews have yet to be posted online. But the 4K transfer will have a Dolby Vision option and here are the extras you can expect to see: The Road to Stardom: […]

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New to Blu: January 23 – 29

  First Man ➢ “First Man was primarily shot on film, much of it 16mm, and finished at 2K. This upscaled UHD with Dolby Vision colour grading offers a slightly solidified, more prominently filmic presentation compared to the Blu-ray, which is excellent. The image is a little more inherently soft than some films. The UHD […]

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Due on Blu: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet will be released in NZ on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD on March 27 — a month later than the US. Extras will reveal how Walt Disney Animation Studios created the film’s vibrant version of the Internet (from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark […]

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