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New to Blu: July 10 – 16

  Dumbo ➢ “Disney’s 4K UHD Blu-ray release presents the movie in an upscaled 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer with HDR10 high dynamic range, retaining the film’s 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. There is a slight improvement in detail, color gamut, and contrast, but nothing to get overly excited about when compared to the Blu-ray release (which is […]

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New to Blu: July 3 – 9

Us ➢ “Us makes its Blu-ray debut with a pleasing 1080p transfer. It’s true to its digital roots, offering a steady, stable textural output and well-rounded colours. The picture reveals tightly defined skin textures with ease, finding pores, lines, scruff, and scars with commendable complexity and just about as much sharpness as the 1080p resolution […]

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New to Blu: June 19 – 25

  Captain Marvel ➢ “The 2K DI may seem an impediment to image quality, but the higher resolution capture really helps in this regard. (Remember, it isn’t just the number of pixels in the image that matters but the quality of those pixels.) Detail is generally strong, and stronger in live action scenes, with nice […]

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New to Blu: June 12 – 18

Escape Room ➢ “Escape Room‘s 1080p transfer offers no reason to complain. The digitally shot film translates very well to Blu-ray, covering all the bases in terms of its textural output and colour reproduction. Fine details are perfectly revealing to the format’s standards. Complex facial and clothing textures are excellent but the image shines in […]

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New to Blu: June 5 – 11

Vice ➢ “My one complaint of the home video release of Vice is that it is not being offered in 4K UHD – and it needs to be! Shot on a combination of 8mm, 16mm, 35mm and finished on a 4K DI, this is a beautiful looking 1080p 2.39:1 transfer that delivers a terrific filmic […]

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New to Blu: May 29 – June 4

  Cold Pursuit ➢ “Shot digitally, resolution is generally strong, although I wouldn’t say there was a noteworthy uptick in sharpness and detail compared to the Blu-ray … On occasion, discernible improvements in depth could be seen in wide angle shots, but in most respects, I saw only incremental differences in apparent resolution when comparing […]

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New to Blu: May 22 – 28

Alien ➢ “Reportedly, director Ridley Scott supervised a brand-new restoration of the original 35mm camera negatives, and those elements were then remastered to a 4K digital intermediate for this 40th Anniversary release. The results bring this sci-fi horror classic home with incredible detail, far better than anyone could have imagined given how excellent it already […]

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Super Heroic Extras for Captain Marvel

  The 4K-UHD and Blu-ray releases of Captain Marvel will abound in marvellous extras when they land here on June 19. They will go on sale after a week their US debut but a month ahead of the UK (although the Brits will also be offered a 3D Blu-ray that’s not being distributed here or […]

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New to Blu: May 15 – 21

They Shall Not Grow Old ➢ “It’s possibly the most stunning large-scale effort to restore vintage footage, and, sure, the results are still mixed – with some sequences having uncanny valley-like effects on facial movements and speech, whilst others, in particular shots which involve slightly less movement (or reduced down to slow-motion), looking absolutely like […]

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New to Blu: May 8 – 14

The Mule ➢ “While the transfer does have some minor problems, like a few moments of aliasing/shimmering in the image, for the most part, viewers will be pleased. Details are sharp and many of the outdoor scenes provide some real depth to them, although indoor and nighttime sequences do come off as a bit ‘flatter’ […]

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