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New to Blu: July 19 – 25

   Ahead of next week’s 4K-UHD release of Peter Jackson’s King Kong comes another entry in the franchise that doesn’t just ape the original, Kong: Skull Island. “Kong: Skull Island is a CG infestation at times, but that doesn’t hamper the 4K’s acute beauty throughout,” WhySoBlu said. “I’m not going to lie to you and […]

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New to Blu: July 15 – 21

   Other than a 4K-UHD edition of Life, this week’s Blu-ray releases have bypassed cinemas for home theatre. “Aftermath was shot digitally,” High-Def Digest reports. “The image takes on a rather sombre palette, with little use of brighter colours and an overall grayish tone to the presentation … “Details are pretty strong throughout, and facial […]

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Galaxy II Will Be a 4K Blast

The first Marvel Studios 4K-UHD release, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, will go on sale here on August 23. Director James Gunn revealed the possibility earlier this month and today NZ distributor Sony Pictures Home Entertainment confirmed the sequel would launch here not only on 4K-UHD but also 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray with exclusive […]

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New to Blu: June 28 – July 4

  It’s not a beauty of a week for Blu-ray releases, with only two newcomers: Beauty and the Beast and Saban’s Power Rangers. But at least the latter is for sale on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD Blu-ray — plus it’s also the first Dolby Vision title from Lionsgate. Lionsgate, Warner Bros, Sony and Universal have all […]

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Blu-ray Bounty for Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast will waltz on to Blu-ray and Digital HD next week with a bevy of extras not on the DVD. It will go on sale here three weeks after its US bow but three weeks ahead of its UK launch. And unlike the US market, the June 28 NZ release includes a […]

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New to Blu: June 21 – 27

    Alien-wannabe Life launches here on Blu-ray the same week as the US and next month will touch down on 4K-UHD whereas The Great Wall is being released simultaneously on both formats. “For as good as the movie looks on 1080p Blu-ray, this 2160p/HDR-enhanced presentation of The Great Wall, sourced from a 4K digital intermediate, […]

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New to Blu: June 14 – 20

     The top-selling disc in the US, X-Men instalment Logan, makes its mark here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray the same week two popular franchises are dusted off for 4K-UHD. “I gave top marks to Logan‘s 1080p Blu-ray presentation, and that excellence is continued and arguably magnified in the 4K UHD version,” Blu-ray.com said. “Perhaps because this […]

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T2: Trainspotting – Q&A

One of the extras on the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of T2 Trainspotting out this week is a 25-minute conversation with director Danny Boyle and stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller. Boyle describes the characters’ evolution over the past 20 years as transitioning from likely lads to sad dads and McGregor reveals screenwriter John Hodge never thought […]

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Due on Blu: Planet Earth II

  It looks like the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of Planet Earth II will be released here in early August — which means Prime is likely to premiere the seven-part series late this month. It will be interesting to see where Prime schedules the BBC’s first 4K production so long — seven months — after it went to air […]

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New to Blu: June 7 – 13

T2 Trainspotting steams onto 4K-UHD and Blu-ray the same week as the UK and two weeks ahead of the US. Both editions include more than half-an-hour of deleted scenes, a commentary with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge and 20 Years in the Making: A Conversation with Danny Boyle and the Cast. Saving the rest of the […]

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