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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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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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