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New to Blu: December 12 – 18

  Westworld – Season Two: The Door ➢ “For its presentation in Ultra HD Westworld Season Two was rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K. Westworld is a sci-fi drama that adheres to relatively cooler chromatic schemes, with the exception of sequences that call for richer colour to provide thematic emphasis, which doesn’t make […]

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New to Blu: December 5 – 11

    Blackkklansman ➢ “Universal’s UHD release sports a very cinematic 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer with both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range that retains its theatrical 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Film grain is natural and organic, adding to the transfer’s cinematic feel. While colours appear somewhat subdued, they do appear more natural and accurate than on […]

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Due on Blu: Venom

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Venom on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD on January 16. It will land here on a disc a month later than the US, where it goes on sale on December 18. Venom has so far grossed $3.43 million at the NZ box office, where last weekend it slipped out of the […]

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New to Blu: November 28 – December 4

   The Meg ➢ “The HDR colourist really went to town on Warner’s 2160p, HEVC/H.265-encoded UHD of The Meg, brightening the image throughout and selectively enhancing the contrast so that the disc provides a shining example of the 4K virtues promised in Warner’s promos for the format. Whether or not this is the lighting that […]

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New to Blu: November 21 – 27

    The Equalizer2 lands here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray three weeks ahead of the US and UK. It includes a behind-the-scenes Retribution Mode, pop-up trivia track, 11 deleted/extended scenes and five making-of shorts. There’s more good news for those building a 4K-UHD library: the first back catalogue titles to retail for $20 go on sale […]

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New to Blu: November 14 – 20

   Ant-Man and The Wasp ➢ “Ant Man and The Wasp is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of Disney Buena Vista with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1 … The 2K DI attains significant new detail levels in this 4K UHD presentation. Kind of interestingly, however, these detail upticks are attained despite what is overall to my […]

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New to Blu: November 7 – 13

The Spy Who Dumped Me ➢ “This is for the most part a really brightly coloured and well detailed looking presentation, one that offers consistently very good to excellent levels of fine detail, and which preserves an often extremely vivid palette. A number of scenes are either graded or lit to various extremes … but […]

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Due on Blu: The Equalizer2

  The 4K-UHD, Blu-ray and digital releases of The Equaliser2 will include more than an hour of extras. The digital version can be viewed from November 7, two weeks earlier than the discs. Highlights will include a behind-the-scenes Retribution Mode, pop-up trivia track, 11 deleted/extended scenes and five making-of shorts. Here’s the press release: Two-time Academy […]

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New to Blu: October 24 – 30

   Two Kiwi movies — The Breaker Upperers and Hibiscus & Ruthless — head the Blu-ray slate while Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! and a re-issue of Christine are the sole 4K-UHD releases. The Breaker Upperers includes a commentary by stars/directors Jackie Van Been and Madeleine Sami, a featurette and bloopers while Hibiscus has only bloopers. Also new on […]

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New to Blu: October 17 – 23

Skyscraper ➢ “Skyscraper appears on 4K UHD and Blu-ray disc in its original 2:39.1 aspect ratio.  The 4K UHD disc displays the film  in 2160p using the HEVC codec with HDR.  Skyscraper with HDR demonstrates exquisite fine detail with a range of colours that can only be produced in this format on home video. The UHD […]

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