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Blu-ray Bounty for Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast will waltz on to Blu-ray and Digital HD next week with a bevy of extras not on the DVD. It will go on sale here three weeks after its US bow but three weeks ahead of its UK launch. And unlike the US market, the June 28 NZ release includes a […]

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New to Blu: June 21 – 27

    Alien-wannabe Life launches here on Blu-ray the same week as the US and next month will touch down on 4K-UHD whereas The Great Wall is being released simultaneously on both formats. “For as good as the movie looks on 1080p Blu-ray, this 2160p/HDR-enhanced presentation of The Great Wall, sourced from a 4K digital intermediate, […]

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New to Blu: June 14 – 20

     The top-selling disc in the US, X-Men instalment Logan, makes its mark here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray the same week two popular franchises are dusted off for 4K-UHD. “I gave top marks to Logan‘s 1080p Blu-ray presentation, and that excellence is continued and arguably magnified in the 4K UHD version,” Blu-ray.com said. “Perhaps because this […]

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T2: Trainspotting – Q&A

One of the extras on the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of T2 Trainspotting out this week is a 25-minute conversation with director Danny Boyle and stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller. Boyle describes the characters’ evolution over the past 20 years as transitioning from likely lads to sad dads and McGregor reveals screenwriter John Hodge never thought […]

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Discs Still Top Home Video in NZ

PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017 – 2021 report says streaming revenue will remain less than half that of DVDs and Blu-rays in NZ over the next five years. “In NZ the Internet video segment is taking off as the major international players launch and bring premium original content that has been heavily pirated in the […]

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Due on Blu: Planet Earth II

  It looks like the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of Planet Earth II will be released here in early August — which means Prime is likely to premiere the seven-part series late this month. It will be interesting to see where Prime schedules the BBC’s first 4K production so long — seven months — after it went to air […]

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New to Blu: June 7 – 13

T2 Trainspotting steams onto 4K-UHD and Blu-ray the same week as the UK and two weeks ahead of the US. Both editions include more than half-an-hour of deleted scenes, a commentary with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge and 20 Years in the Making: A Conversation with Danny Boyle and the Cast. Saving the rest of the […]

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New to Blu: May 31 – June 6

In a dismal sign of distribution priorities for this market, Fist Fight is the week’s sole Blu-ray release while the far more prestigious Silence is DVD only. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing Martin Scorsese’s latest on Blu-Ray across the Tasman but here locals are missing out on “terrific video and audio transfers” that High-Def Digest predicted “will please even […]

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New to Blu: May 24 – 30

   xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is being uncaged on 4K-UHD and 3D Blu-ray the same week Kiwi re-make Pork Pie hits the Blu-ray road. Also new on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray is Fifty Shades Darker while the original, Fifty Shades of Grey, is being re-issued on 4K-UHD and in a double-pack with its sequel. “Paramount’s UHD delivers good, upscaled […]

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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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