New to Blu: December 18 – 24


Ad Astra

➢ “The 1080p transfer looks solid and this Ultra HD rendering takes it up a notch with a discernible increase in detail, colour depth, and emboldened highlights, both light and dark … Looking at the presentation as a whole I would say that it makes for a distinct improvement when compared to the 1080p Blu-ray rendering.” — AVSForum.

➢ “Ad Astra not be an interstellar journey that Kubrick’s 2001 was, but there’s still a lot to appreciate and cherish … First and foremost there’s the sci-fi space travel aspect of it.  That part is riveting.  Second, Brad Pitt does a fine job with his performance.  Last but certainly not least, there’s this 4K package itself.  Things look and sound ‘out of this world‘.” — WhySoBlu. 


Rambo: Last Blood

➢ “Rambo: Last Blood hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The medium contrast makes the picture look subtly flat. This also causes some slight high brightness issues as well … Fortunately, the blacks are deep with no loss of details in the shadows. The colours have a natural look to them as well.” — Nerd Reactor.


➢ “The detail and colour palette are dazzling … There were no issues with any banding, aliasing, or video noise that hindered this picture-perfect horror film. What a sublime video presentation. A flawless DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio track that is equal parts terrifying and satisfying.” — High-Def Digest.

➢ “Midsommar is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.00:1. Digitally captured with Panavision Millennium DXL2 cameras, at native resolutions of up to 8K, and then finished at a 4K DI (all of this data courtesy of the IMDb), Midsommar is a very striking looking presentation in high definition.” —

☞ Rounding out the last of the year’s new releases on Blu-ray are Kiwi movie Take Home Pay, the comedy Good Boys, the ‘toon Abominable and The Cure’s Curaetion – 25 Anniversary.

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