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New to Blu: August 21 – 27

   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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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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