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New to Blu: February 13 – 19

  Bohemian Rhapsody ➢ “Bohemian Rhapsody is the first film I’ve reviewed that uses the HDR10+ format [which] adds scene by scene metadata to the standard HDR10 data stream that HDR10+-capable TVs can use to improve the way they render the HDR images … Throughout the film the image looks more dynamic, with slightly more […]

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New to Blu: February 6 – 12

  A Star is Born A Star is Born doesn’t release on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD in the US and Europe until next week, so reviews have yet to be posted online. But the 4K transfer will have a Dolby Vision option and here are the extras you can expect to see: The Road to Stardom: […]

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New to Blu: January 23 – 29

  First Man ➢ “First Man was primarily shot on film, much of it 16mm, and finished at 2K. This upscaled UHD with Dolby Vision colour grading offers a slightly solidified, more prominently filmic presentation compared to the Blu-ray, which is excellent. The image is a little more inherently soft than some films. The UHD […]

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Due on Blu: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet will be released in NZ on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD on March 27 — a month later than the US. Extras will reveal how Walt Disney Animation Studios created the film’s vibrant version of the Internet (from comical cat videos to the intense online game Slaughter Race to shady characters on the Dark […]

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New to Blu: January 16 – 22

  Venom ➢ “Venom was digitally photographed, primarily at a resolution of 2.8K and finished at 4K, unsurprising given the digital roots and effects-heavy picture. The UHD looks terrific even upscaled and offers a solid boost over the Blu-ray, a sharper, clearer, cleaner image in every way. The digital source photography shines on the UHD, […]

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New to Blu: January 9 – 15

  Venom has topped the US sales chart two weeks in a row but won’t be released on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD here until next Wednesday. This week’s pickings are limited to the obscure action movie Final Score, The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen: Collection Two and the animated Adventure Time: The Complete Ninth Season, Ghost in the Shell Movie […]

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New to Blu: December 19 – January 9

Christopher Robin ➢ “Christopher Robin was beautifully photographed on 35mm and 65mm film by Matthias Koenigswieser, and Disney’s Blu-ray captures it quite nicely in this AVC-encoded 1080p transfer that retains the film’s 2.39:1 aspect ratio … Fine detail is excellent, where even the slight movement of the stuffed animal’s digital hair in the wind comes […]

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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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