New to Blu: June 11-17

The reboot of RoboCop wears its Blu-ray specs as a badge of honour.

“Presented in 2.40:1/1080p HD widescreen, MGM’s RoboCop transfer is stellar, without a defect to be found.

“The colours are sharp and the picture is crystal clear, offering a reference quality image.”

“The transfer’s main irritation is in its use of inconsistent contrast which naturally leads to unpredictable black levels (which always seem a shade or two above where they should be).”

RoboCop‘s 5.1 sound mix, presented on Blu-ray in lossless DTS-HD MA, is a thunderously satisfying affair with plenty of gunfire and several major battle scenes to rattle unsecured items off the shelves of any viewer with a powerful sound system.”

Last Vegas looks incredible on Blu-ray. This is a clean, accurate image, picture-perfect in every way.”

“Crisp and clear, with superior contrast, no grain, and a lush colour palette, the image is perfectly balanced from start to finish, adapting to various lighting, settings, and locations with ease.”

“Admittedly I wasn’t expecting such a robust mix out of this film, but the DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack does have a few moments that really made me take notice.”

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has a good 1080p HD transfer presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.

“This is a very beautiful film to watch. The warm colours pop off screen and gives the film a very nice feel, despite its subject matter.”

“Musical delivery is precise and robust, effortlessly filling, and fully immersive.

“Clarity ranks highly, and the low end balances the presentation.”

Russian drama Stalingrad is getting only a 2D release here when it was bundled with a 3D disc in the US.

“Both versions are reference quality and look virtually interchangeable.”

Stalingrad explodes onto Blu-ray with a devastating DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack.”

Falling Skies – The Complete Third Season at last can be seen in HD following its SD run on Sky’s The Box.

“The 1.78:1/1080p widescreen transfer often looks quite sharp: features are nicely defined in close-ups, and the transfer makes the most of the show’s limited colour palette.

“The picture is often murky, though, and artifacts really become clear in the show’s frequent nighttime scenes.”

And going direct to disc is The Spoils of Babylon, a TV miniseries spoof of TV miniseries.

Also new are:

  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (“this is a found-footage film, and the 1.78:1/1080p/AVC-encoded transfer looks exactly like the HD-cam source footage at its heart”)
  • Devil’s Due (“about what you expect in the found footage genre”)
  • Open Grave
  • Love Bite
  • Are We Officially Dating?
  • Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at the Isle of Wight
  • Quadrophenia: Live & More.
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One Response to “New to Blu: June 11-17”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    June 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I have imported the 2D/3D version of Stalingrad from Amazon US. Only cost NZ $24 including postage. There were some great Blu-ray deals on Amazon US yesterday. I bought The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Robocop, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and total price for these 4 movies was NZ $59 with free shipping. Absolute bargain.

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