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New to Blu: September 19 – 25

   It’s another unbelievably soft week for Blu-ray releases, with three direct-to-disc newcomers and three re-issues. The pick of the premieres appears to be the action-comedy Tag. “This is a high-quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material,” AVS Forum says. Colours are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated […]

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New to Blu: September 12 – 18

   Kiwi Karl Urban and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara star in the B-grade thriller Bent. “The film isn’t the most appealing in terms of visuals, but nothing feels limited at all,” Blu-ray Authority said. “The colours and levels all appeared smooth with no obvious flaws detected. Details remained strong, even in the darker lit scenes.” […]

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New to Blu: September 5 – 11

   The paucity of new Blu-ray releases continues, with only two newcomers this week and a remastered re-issue of The Song Remains the Same. Unusually, both Ocean’s 8 and The Bookshop go on sale here ahead of the US and UK. Ocean’s 8 is out on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD Blu-ray. The latter features Dolby Vision […]

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Halloween Feast for Horror Buffs

Sky has curated a week-long frightfest of horror movies for Halloween while John Carpenter fans can look forward to re-issues of some of his catalogue on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. However, there’s no sign yet of Carpenter’s best horror film, Halloween, on 4K-UHD in this market, although it goes on sale in the US on September 25. But […]

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Due on Blu: Solo: A Star Wars Story

  Solo: A Star Wars Story will rocket on to Blu-ray and 4K-UHD on October 3 with these extras: Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making. Team Chewie See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee […]

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New to Blu: August 29 – September 4

   Gringo ➢ “Gringo arrives on Blu-ray with a well-rounded digitally sourced 1080p transfer. Universal’s presentation is not necessarily a standout, but it delivers essentials with agreeable screen presence. Details are consistently crisp. Facial textures, clothes, environments — whether sharply appointed offices, cramped spaces, shoddy hotels, restaurants, anywhere and everywhere the film goes, from snowy […]

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New to Blu: August 22 – 28

   Deadpool 2 ➢ “Deadpool 2 is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1. Despite this evidently having been finished at a 2K DI (per the IMDb), unlike the first film, which was (again according to the IMDb) finished at 4K, I found this to […]

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New to Blu: August 15 – 21

   Avengers: Infinity War ➢ “Avengers: Infinity War‘s UHD release offers less a dramatic increase in visual excellence over the Blu-ray and instead delivers a mild, but appreciable and very welcome, boost to basic textural clarity and colour saturation. The UHD image appears a slight bit more glossy than the companion Blu-ray image. The net […]

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To Infinity and Beyond

The fourth highest-grossing movie in history, Avengers: Infinity War, lands today on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. Unlike the previous entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, the 4K-UHD disc of the 19th MCU movie doesn’t have a Dolby Vision option (even though you can stream it in this format). And although the Dolby […]

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New to Blu: August 8 – 14

   Howards End: 25th Anniversary Edition ➢ “At first glance, this appears to be a beautiful restoration (which was done in 4K, although no 4K version of the movie has been announced for home video) … The aspect ratio of this release’s presentation isn’t the theatrical 2.35:1 or even a slightly wider 2.39:1 or 2.40:1, […]

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