New to Blu: January 25-31

It’s not quite win-win for Blu-ray buyers this week but there are two winners among the handful of new releases.

The latest Jane Eyre adaptation “arrives on Blu-ray with a terrifically detailed 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 transfer with only a couple of very minor flaws”.

“The level of detail is sublime throughout, save for a few moments that are presented with intentional softness.

“A couple of darker scenes suffer from excessive noise, but these are also brief.”

And on the aural front, “we get a thoroughly immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that will likely exceed all your expectations in terms of soundtrack for a drama of this kind.”

Win Win’s “image is a very natural and appealing one, with fine sharpness that offers many facial and object details in close-ups and excellent colour reproduction that is never overstated or diluted”.

Indeed, “with more and more indie dramas going for all-digital productions, it’s always good to see one that’s shot beautifully on film …

“Looks wonderful, with a print that’s impeccable and untouched by edge enhancement or excessive noise reduction techniques.”

Abduction’s transfer is “pretty effective, replicating the film’s naturalistic palette and occasionally grainy look. The encode boasts a spot of motion blur here and there, but is otherwise clean and defined, with inky blacks and fine shadows.”

“Detail is impressive throughout. Shot using Panavision Primo Lenses according to IMDb, this transfer rarely falters.”

From the back-catalogue come Ned Kelly, Videodrome and Johnny English (ahead of next week’s Johnny English Reborn).

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