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New to Blu: June 24 – 30

Roadshow Entertainment continues to treat NZ as a Blu-ray backwater. Since closing its NZ office, the Melbourne-based distributor of Warner Bros movies and TV series has increasingly shortchanged Kiwi consumers. Case in point: this week it’s releasing on DVD Birds of Prey, Richard Jewell, Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears, Just Mercy, and seasons six […]

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New to Blu: June 17 – 23

The most rented disc in America, The Invisible Man, goes on sale this week on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “The sci-fi horror thriller materialises on Ultra HD with a gorgeous and stellar HEVC H.265 encode that delivers a strong upgrade over its day-and-date Blu-ray peer,” High-Def Digest said. “Shot entirely on the Arri Alexa camera […]

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New Blu-ray Label for Rare Classics

In an era of unprecedented streaming and declining Blu-ray sales, it’s fantastic to see a distributor launch a label devoted to presenting classic movies for the first time in 1080p. Via Vision’s Imprint aims to deliver five restorations a month in limited-edition deluxe packaging with extras and commentaries. This month’s launch was meant to include The […]

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New to Blu: June 10 – 16

  The latest Hollywood big-gun to miss out on a 4K-UHD release here is Midway. “It’s a solid-looking, action-packed film with some decent detail and a good colour palette,” High-Def Digest said of the Blu-ray, “but the 4K UHD with Dolby Vision disc is the way to go.” Concurred AVForums of the 4K-UHD upscale: “Despite […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sony Reveals PS5 Specs

Sony’s next generation PlayStation will include the UHD Blu-ray drive that was omitted from PS4 but pricing still to be announced. Here’s the media release: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS STUNNING DESIGN FOR PLAYSTATION 5; ANNOUNCES MORE THAN TWO DOZEN NEW GAMES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION CONSOLE PS5’s exclusive game lineup includes blockbuster series such as […]

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New to Blu: June 3 – 9

Onward, the movie that bypassed cinemas for direct-to-consumer release on Sky TV and streaming platforms because of the COVID-19 lockdown, can be bought on Blu-ray this week but not 4K-UHD. It’s the first new Pixar movie not to debut on both HD formats, despite its availability on 4K-UHD in Australia. This is another worrying sign […]

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New to Blu: May 13 – 26

The Twilight Zone – The Complete First Season lands here on Blu-ray ahead of its broadcast TV premiere. Of course, chances are it may remain a TVNZ OnDemand exclusive. In any event, the five-disc Blu-ray release is the ultimate version to view. “The 1080p (and it is 1080p) image is brilliant,” DVD Beaver says. “The […]

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New to Blu: April 29 – May 5

A raft of 4K-UHD and Blu-ray blockbusters that couldn’t be released during the COVID-19 level 4 lockdown at last go on sale this week. For picture purists, 1917 is the must-see on disc, with the 4K-UHD Blu-ray sporting both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision transfers. “Shot predominantly at 4.5K and the proud recipient of a 4K […]

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New to Blu: March 25 – 31

The Addams Family ➢ “The Addams Family enjoys a ghoulishly pleasing 1080p 1.85:1 transfer. I don’t know the final digital intermediate resolution, but I was very impressed with the overall clarity of the image, the clean lines, and how well everything blended together here… Practically picture perfect.” — High-Def Digest. ➢ “This film features beautifully […]

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New to Blu: March 11 – 17

Knives Out ➢ “Knives Out arrives on 4K UHD with a particularly interesting 2160p 1.85:1 Dolby Vision transfer upsampled from a 2K Digital Intermediate. While a native 4K DI would have been incredible, this transfer is a rousing success.” — High-Def Digest. ➢ “Much of the film was shot in low and natural light, yet […]

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