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New to Blu: June 2 – 8

Zack Snyder’s four-hour cut of Justice League may be rife with creative shortcomings but technically this DC Comics superherofest is a marvel on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “This Ultra HD Blu-ray release boasts an absolutely stunning native 4K image splitting the four-hour movie across two 100GB 4K UHD discs,” AVForums said. “It absolutely leaves the Sky/NowTV presentation […]

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New to Blu: May 26 – June 1 UPDATED

Since posting this, I’ve learned that A Perfect Planet has been released on 4K-UHD as a JB Hi-Fi exclusive. One of the year’s best demo-worthy 4K-UHD discs is being released here only on Blu-ray and DVD. At least the eye-popping natural history sensation A Perfect Planet is out on disc in NZ, unlike its predecessor […]

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New to Blu: May 19 – 25

Oscar-winner Nomadland and Disney dazzler Raya and the Last Dragon light up this week’s Blu-ray slate. Raya lands on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD but the Nomadland disc is 1080p only. “Raya and the Last Dragon soars to a magnificent-looking 2160p UHD transfer with HDR in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio from Disney with a fantastic-looking video transfer […]

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New to Blu: May 12 – 18

The original Scarface makes it mark here on Blu-ray for the first time as part of ViaVision’s excellent Imprint series of vintage restorations. It includes both the theatrical and censored versions of Howard Hawks’ 1932 gangster classic, as well as: Audio commentary with film historian Drew Casper (on theatrical cut) Video interview with film critic Matthew […]

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New to Blu: May 5 – 11

Liam Neeson’s latest action drama, The Marksman, hits the Blu-ray bull’s eye with “a crystal clear transfer”, one online review reports. “Blue skies, and a naturalistic look and feel look great in this 2.39:1 AVC HD encode,” said another of the rancher-goes-rogue thriller. “Details are strong, the print is clean.” The only extra is a making-of […]

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New to Blu: April 28 – May 4

Hard on the apocalyptic heels of last week’s 4K-UHD reissues of the Resident Evil franchise comes the 4K-UHD and Blu-ray releases of another fantasy video game from the same team, Monster Hunter. The Ultra HD Blu-ray release maintains Sony’s high standards, despite a purported upscaled 2K image, delivering visual spectacle even without substance,” AVForums said. “It’s a […]

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New to Blu: April 7 – 13

The latest new release to miss out on a 4K-UHD edition in this market is The Croods 2: A New Age. Also missing is the 3D option for sale in the US. However, the good news is the Blu-ray transfer maximises every bitrate. “The Croods: A New Age evolves onto Blu-ray with a razor-sharp and […]

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New to View on Blu This Easter

  “Great video, shame about the movie,” sums up the reception for the 4K-UHD and Blu-ray releases of Wonder Woman 1984. “There are zero video problems to report here, making this a phenomenal-looking video presentation,” High-Def Digest said of the native 4K transfer. “With the enhanced HDR + Dolby Vision element, there is a noticeable […]

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New to Blu: March 3 – 9

After several weeks of sparing and uninspiring releases, the Blu-ray slate bounces back with another stunning selection of vintage Imprint titles, the highlight being the sensational Kurt Russell thriller, Breakdown. It features a 1080p transfer sourced from a new 4K scan by Paramount Pictures, commentary by critic Peter Tonguette, visual essay Life Is a Jeep, interviews with film […]

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New to Blu: January 13 – 19

Indie distributors like Madman Entertainment continue to pump out back-catalogue Blu-ray releases to fill the void left by the majors because of the pandemic-driven disruption to theatrical schedules. This week another slate of Imprint titles goes on sale, along with sci-fi TV productions Skylines and the complete series of The 4400, and anime newcomers Fairy Tail: […]

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