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New to Blu: April 17 – 23

     Aquaman ➢ “The extreme dynamics of the master (which is done to 4000 nit peaks in HDR10, but is also available in an even more explosive Dolby Vision version if your TV can support it) are apparent right from the off, as a stormy night sky is punctured by super-bright torch and lighthouse […]

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New to Blu: April 10 – 16

  Mary Poppins Returns ➢ “Mary Poppins lands on Ultra HD with a smashingly good and delightfully charming HEVC H.265 encode. Shot on the Arri Alexa camera system capable of 3.4K resolution and mastered to a 2K digital intermediate, the upscaled transfer may not cast a dramatically better spell than the Blu-ray, but it’s nonetheless […]

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New to Blu: April 3 – 9

  Bumblebee ➢ “Bumblebee was digitally photographed, reportedly at a resolution of 3.4K, and finished at 2K. The image offers a noticeable, if not fairly standard, UHD boost to textures and colors over the excellent Blu-ray that make this the definitive home video version of the film, but not necessarily a top-end reference image or […]

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New to Blu: March 27 – April 2

  Mortal Engines ➢ “The HDR and wide colour grading of the Mortal Engines 4K Blu-ray is gorgeous. As usual with a Universal release, the film has been mastered to 1000 nit peaks, so it’s not the most aggressively punchy image I’ve seen. It combines its peaks, though, with some beautifully deep and rich black […]

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Due on Blu: Free Solo (and Other Oscar Winners)

   The Blu-ray of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo will be released on April 11 as a JB Hi-Fi exclusive. Everywhere else it will be for sale on DVD only — and that won’t be the optimal way to view it at home. The movie is a visually exquisite — and exhilarating — portrait of free […]

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Due on Blu: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

The Blu-ray of the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Universe will include more than 90 minutes of extras, some of which will feature on the 4K-UHD disc as well, when it goes on sale on April 17 (two weeks after its digital debut). There also will be a 3D release that isn’t for sale in the […]

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New to Blu: March 20 – 26

Peppermint ➢ “The 2.39:1/1080p/AVC-encoded transfer is expectedly competent. This digitally shot film offers strong fine-object detail and texture. Some wider shots are slightly soft, but the film looks good in motion. Colours are nicely saturated and black levels are generally strong, save a couple of shots in which they push toward purple. I noticed minor […]

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New to Blu: March 13 – 19

  Schindler’s List: 25th Anniversary Edition ➢ “The 4K Blu-ray is the closest by far this film has looked to when I saw it at the cinema. Except that to some extent it looks even better – thanks to HDR. Universal/Spielberg haven’t gone overboard with their expansion of the film’s luminance range. Highlights – most notably […]

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New to Blu: March 6 – 12

  Robin Hood ➢ “It’s almost depressing in a way that the video side of things on this release is so spectacular, since all of the impressive 4K visuals are in support of such an underwhelming property. Be that as it may, the digitally captured imagery (reportedly at a source resolution of 8K, finished at […]

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New to Blu: February 27 – March 5

  Widows ➢ “Widows is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1. Shot on film and finished at a 4K DI (according to the IMDb), this is a consistently impressive looking upgrade in both detail levels and especially palette saturation courtesy of HDR … The palette […]

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