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New to Blu: October 16 – 22

  Yesterday ➢ “Yesterday‘s 2160p/HDR UHD presentation offers a good, tangible upgrade over the Blu-ray, which is itself of a very high quality. The bar is raised here, expectedly considering the 8K source photography and 4K digital intermediate. The image is appreciably more sharp. Textures are firmed up beyond even what the Blu-ray has too […]

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New to Blu: October 9 – 15

   Spider-Man: Far From Home ➢ “As with Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home arrives on 4K Blu-ray courtesy of Columbia Pictures/Sony rather than Disney. This immediately brings an advantage in the shape of a Dolby Vision master – something Disney hasn’t bothered with on any of its releases since Black Panther. I’d actually say that Dolby […]

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New to Blu: October 2 – 8

The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season ➢ “The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season arrives on Blu-ray with another high quality 1080p presentation. Season nine continues with the series’ long-established physical construction, maintaining a grainy and grim appearance, slightly softer textures, and often a somewhat moribund worldview that accentuates grays and conveys a sense […]

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New to Blu: September 25 – October 1

  Apocalypse Now: Final Cut ➢ “I’ve seen some damn fine examples on this format: Unforgiven, Blade Runner and 2001 to name just a few, and this new scan deserves to sit alongside as one of the best pictures UHD has produced. Detail is outstanding, from the finest skin texture to the widest tree covered […]

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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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