New to Blu: July 19 – 25


Ahead of next week’s 4K-UHD release of Peter Jackson’s King Kong comes another entry in the franchise that doesn’t just ape the original, Kong: Skull Island.

Kong: Skull Island is a CG infestation at times, but that doesn’t hamper the 4K’s acute beauty throughout,” WhySoBlu said.

“I’m not going to lie to you and say everything is perfect, but other than some bad explosions and softness at times onscreen elements are sharp, chiseled and detailed throughout.”

“The king makes his home theatre debut with a gorgeous, squeaky-clean 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that showers the screen with an extravagant array of colours, providing the whole ’70s style photography a hip and groovy energy,” High-Def Digest said of the Blu-ray.

The Boss Baby is delivered here on 3D/Blu-ray a week earlier than the US while another school holiday attraction, CHiPs, boasts a “clean, sharp and detailed image” with solid blacks, said.

“Continuing its baffling practice of reserving the best mastering for its worst films, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has encoded CHiPs on disc with a high average bitrate of 34.04 Mbps.”

Also new are:

  • MacArthur (“occasionally adequate and somewhat serviceable”)
  • Homeland: The Complete Sixth Season
  • My Father Die
  • Takers (“moments of looking glorious“)
  • One Piece Film: Gold – Limited Edition
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold – TV Special.
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