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New to Blu: September 18 – 24

  Aladdin ➢ “Aladdin‘s 2160p/HDR UHD, framed at 2.39:1, is something akin to a nuts-and-bolts presentation for the format. It offers the obligatory light textural upgrades, modest improvements to sharpness, and general deepening (and darkening) of the colour palette by way of the HDR colour parameters …  This is a good UHD, nothing out of the […]

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Due on Blu: The Lion King

Disney’s live-action take on The Lion King will be released here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray on November 13 — three weeks later than in the US and just days before the Disney+ streaming service goes live. The press release promises more than an hour of extras that “showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the stunning savanna”. […]

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Due on Blu: Spider-Man: Far From Home

   The highest-grossing Spider-Man movie, Far From Home, will release on 4K-UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray on October 9, a week after its digital bow. There will be extensive extras on all editions and, on the 4K-UHD, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Far From Home has Peter Parker going on a European vacation with his […]

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Due on Blu: Toy Story 4

  Toy Story 4 will be released on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray on October 9 with more than an hour of extras. The road trip sequel, in which Woody reunites with Bo Peep, earned a 98% critics’ ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and more than $1 billion globally 25 years after the original became the world’s first […]

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New to Blu: September 11 – 17

  Godzilla II: King of the Monsters ➢ “For this UHD release, the DI was upscaled to 4K and graded for high dynamic range. I’m only reviewing the HDR10 grade, but you’ll be pleased to know that both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are available too. Overall image detail is actually quite good despite the 2K […]

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New to Blu: September 4 – 10

  Brightburn ➢ “Details are moderately sharp throughout, with no noticeable artifacts or significant noise during the many night scenes. It’s got a subtle HDR pass that nicely highlights the transition from early blue casts and costumes to the heavy red colour schemes late in the film as Brightburn’s rage is unleashed.” — Home Theater […]

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New to Blu: August 21 – 27

   Pokemon Detective Pikachu ➢ “The results on UHD are certainly pleasing to the eye, though audiences looking for a massive upgrade from the Blu-ray won’t find it. Warner Brothers’ UHD refines the image, using both the added resolution to 2160p over 1080p and the HDR colours as means of bettering the picture without substantially altering […]

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New to Blu: August 14 – 20

  Avengers: Endgame “Although Avengers: Endgame is sourced from a 6.5K resolution negative, the film’s home video release features a 2K Digital Intermediate. Shot on the ARRI Alexa 65 IMAX Camera system, this transfer’s ultra-crisp image is a result of this format. The film’s home video presentation features a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, meaning that the larger […]

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New to Blu: August 6 – 12

The Curse of the Weeping Woman “Resolution is excellent with clearly rendered images that exhibit refined levels of detail during close ups and discernible depth of field in wide angle shots. The filtered chromatic range is purposefully limited to muted primary colours and softer secondary hues. That coupled with the drab lighting schemes and dark […]

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New to Blu: July 24 – 31

  Alita: Battle Angel ➢ “Unsurprisingly upscaled due to the inherent technical limitations of its 2K Digital Intermediate, Alita still largely impresses, bringing all manner of other visual tools into play in order to wring as much detail, texture and depth out of the image … All-in-all, this is a beautiful looking piece of grungy […]

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