New to Blu: July 18 – 24



➢ “The image looks surprisingly filmic. I would say that considering this is a digitally produced film, they have obviously added a lot of ‘grain’ effect in post-processing to make it look more organic. This works well but can look a bit gritty. They have also gone for a desaturated look. On the 4K Ultra HD, the Dolby Vision brings out more ‘pop’, especially in the highlights and flames, but overall color is still pretty flat, although not as much as on the Blu-ray. Still, we get excellent detail and overall depth of field.” — TheaterByte.

➢ “A CGI extravaganza coupled with a transfer that showcases every pixel of your 4K television. The included 2.40:1 HEVC 4K image is nothing to sneer at, either. Colours are all over the spectrum, shadows are strong and lacking any blocking and detail is simply second to none. This might not have been the best movie out there, but I have to tell you that it looks pretty freaking amazing.” — DVD Authority.

➢ “The 4K transfer showcases just how the special effects game needs to be stepped-up next … Its creatures are super sharp, as you can see every hair in their forearms, but particularly in the case of Ralph the wolf, they can be so sharp that they don’t quite merge with the backgrounds as they should. A scene in which George devours a significant human also shows the seams of layering in a big way, and I suspect it’s because of the higher resolution.” — Forbes.

➢ “The 1080p transfer of Rampage is a good one and this Ultra HD rendering takes it up a notch with a discernible increase in detail and visual depth. This film makes use of a variety of lighting schemes, and when called for, the cinematography makes use of shadows, cascading/streaming light and a mix of light/dark elements. It’s application here is used well drawing upon HDR’s ability to create stark contrast between the two. The use of shadows mixed with light looked very natural.”

● The rest of the week’s newcomers, save for the anime release Mary and the Witch’s Flower, are budget-price back catalogue titles:

  • 16 Blocks
  • Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • Death Wish 4/Death Wish 5
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  • The Last Remake of Beau Geste
  • Reign Over Me.
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