New to Blu: August 5-11

All of this week’s Blu-ray newcomers are direct-to-disc releases and would barely rate a mention if they didn’t star the likes of Jennifer Lopez and John Travolta.

The Boy Next Door‘s digitally photographed imagery excels on Blu-ray with a textural quality that nearly passes for film.

“Image clarity is precise with sharp focus both front-and-center and off to the sides. Details are well defined, down to exacting clothing and facial features.”

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is quite good, but does not deliver much in the way of a sonic punch. Dialogue is directed mostly to the center channel, and remains clear throughout.”

“Specific information about the shooting format was not available, but Burying the Ex is visibly a digital production, with post-production completed on a digital intermediate … Features a clean, sharp and detailed image, which does equal justice to the daytime scenes in bright L.A. sun and the dark interiors.”

The Forger actually boasts some pretty striking HD imagery with its 2.40:1 1080p presentation.

“Black levels and shadows are particularly noteworthy since they provide a lot of pop and three dimensional depth.

“Colours are a bit muted in some places, but for the most part they offer a nice fall-like seasonal tone with golden hues allowed to really showcase throughout the film.”

“The DTS-HD 5.1 track is similarly strong, though not spectacular. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout, with some scenes showcasing impressive use of the surrounds.”

Also new are Club LifePosthumous and Legend of Korra: Book Four.


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