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New to Blu: November 22 – 28

   The Dark Tower stands out as a towering achievement on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. The Stephen King saga earned mixed reviews theatrically but its home video specs are extraordinary, especially the dual format 4K-UHD (HDR10 and Dolby Vision). “It’s a winner. Big time,” Blu-ray.com said. The image boasts serious upgrades over the Blu-ray, particularly in […]

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New to Blu: November 15 – 21

   Atomic Blonde leads an explosive slate of newcomers that’s notable for the raft of classics being re-issued on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “Atomic Blonde is a rather basic digitally shot film which was photographed at a resolution below 4K and subsequently upscaled from a 2K digital intermediate,” Blu-ray.com said. This is a good image and […]

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New to Blu: November 8 – 14

   War for the Planet of the Apes and Westworld are out on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray but Cars 3 misses out on the 4K-UHD release it’s won in the US. Blu-ray.com called the Apes sequel “another stunner of a presentation” on Blu-ray. While a lot of this film is ominously dark and shadowed, detail levels […]

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New to Blu: November 1 – 7

After a slew of blockbusters, and with more due next week, there’s only one new Blu-ray release this week, the indie comedy, The Big Sick, starring Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani. “Crisp, clean, and vibrant are the adjectives that best describe this sparkling 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer,” High-Def Digest said. Terrific contrast and clarity enable fine details to […]

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New to Blu: October 25 – 31

“Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Second Season’s 1080p transfer fares well on Blu-ray,” Blu-ray.com said. The digitally photographed show is a little smooth and clean, but never to the detriment of colour or detail. Textural abundance is commonplace, with practical (mixed in with some digital as necessary) effects leading the way. Ripped flesh, exposed […]

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New to Blu: October 18 – 24

  Baby Driver roars on to both 4K-UHD and Blu-ray, with top US reviewers praising the fidelity of the former over the latter. “Baby Driver was reportedly finished at 2K, but even so this marks a solid upgrade over a decent-not-great 1080p Blu-ray picture,” Blu-ray.com said. Sony’s 2160p/HDR-enhanced release delivers a more intricate and stable […]

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New to Blu: October 11 – 17

   Spider-man: Homecoming comes home here ahead of most of the world, on 4K-UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, along with a 4K-UHD re-issue of Close Encounters of the Third Kind to mark its 40th anniversary. The latest Spidey has more than an hour of extras on the Blu-ray disc, including a pop-up factoid track, while […]

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New to Blu: October 4 – 10

   The top-selling disc in the US, Transformers: The Last Knight, sees the light of day here on 4K-UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray. “The film marks Paramount’s first Dolby Vision HDR release,” Home Theater Forum said. The disc is also compatible with HDR10 and the results are definite eye candy. Colours are much more vibrant […]

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New to Blu: September 27 – October 3

   Americans will think it despicable that Despicable Me 3 lands here on 4K-UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray 2-3 months ahead of the US, where it’s not expected to debut until December. Expect the mastering to be as good if not better than its predecessors, with the 4K-UHD disc boasting both HDR10 and Dolby Vision […]

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New to Blu: September 20 – 26

Wonder Woman bounds on to three flavours of Blu-ray here the same day as the US. “Shot on 35mm film and completed as a 2K digital intermediate, Warner’s 2160p upscale is a sight to behold,” Home Theater Forum raved of the 4K-UHD version: There is a slight increase in fine detail, particularly in the fabrics […]

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