New to Blu: February 6 – 12


A Star is Born

A Star is Born doesn’t release on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD in the US and Europe until next week, so reviews have yet to be posted online. But the 4K transfer will have a Dolby Vision option and here are the extras you can expect to see:

  • The Road to Stardom: Making A Star Is Born
  • 3 Jam Sessions and Rarities: Baby What You Want Me to Do, Midnight Special, Is That Alright
  • 4 Music Videos: Shallow, Always Remember Us This Way, Look What I Found, I’ll Never Love Again.


Bad Times at the El Royale

➢ “While the 4K version of this film is hugely enjoyable, it didn’t quite knock my socks off the way I frankly expected it to, which may indeed simply be a case of misplaced expectations …  A wonderfully immersive Dolby Atmos track that admittedly may not provide a ton of midair ‘showy’ sonics, but which delivers a glut of surround activity courtesy of the many (as in many) uses of music within the film.” —

➢ “On a 4K display with a 4K upscale the film looks fantastic. Oodles of image detail like rain beading on a car window against the neon lights of the hotel looks vivid as can be. Seeing characters soaked in the rain and sitting in their hotel rooms provides noticeable facial pores …Colours are natural and vivid, black levels are inky and provide a superb contrast to other image elements.” — DVD Talk.

➢ “The Blu-ray features a 1080p transfer. Aspect ratio is 2.39:1. The movie was shot on 35mm film with older anamorphic lenses, allowing brilliant wide-angle compositions that fully showcase the sets. Detailed props, many in bold colours – yellow telephone, red jukebox – look especially sharp … The English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is nearly theatre quality.” — The Digital Bits.

● And overlooked from last week: Hunter Killer (“surprisingly strong looking transfer”) and Reign of the Supermen (“video and audio presentation are first-rate“); the former also is out on 4K-UHD whereas the latter was released in the higher resolution only in the US.

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