New to Blu: June 17 – 23

The most rented disc in America, The Invisible Man, goes on sale this week on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD.

“The sci-fi horror thriller materialises on Ultra HD with a gorgeous and stellar HEVC H.265 encode that delivers a strong upgrade over its day-and-date Blu-ray peer,” High-Def Digest said.

“Shot entirely on the Arri Alexa camera system at 4.5K resolution, the native 4K transfer creeps around with appreciably sharper definition throughout.”

Concurred AVS Forum: “This Ultra HD rendering makes the most of the film’s elements, which are excellent.

“Looking at the 1080p version, which is solid in its own right, the difference is noticeable, but not what I would describe as night and day. That being said, there is no question about which of the two makes for the most engaging viewing experience.”

Come to Daddy marks the directorial debut of Kiwi horror aficionado Ant Timpson and boasts “a picture-perfect 1080p 2.35:1 transfer,” High-Def digest said.

“From the opening scenes to the intricate house to the deep inky blacks – this movie looks stunning on Blu-ray!”

Said Blu-ray Authority of TV reboot Fantasy Island: “Colours leap off the screen, the flesh tones are a bit on the saturated side with everyone looking tan and glam. But with a title like Fantasy Island, it’s got to have a certain visual style, no?

“Contrast is strong, black levels solid. This gets an A+.”

Spearheading a huge week for premium re-issues are 4K-UHD editions of Jaws and The Elephant Man.

“For its 45th anniversary, Universal brings Jaws to the UHD format with a practically impeccable 2160p/Dolby Vision UHD presentation,” Blu-ray.com said (there’s also an HDR10+ option).

“The film’s colours benefit the most on Ultra HD, exhibiting a richer lustre and more nuanced shadings,” The Digital Bits said.

“Yet remarkably, this film still looks like a production of its day — it retains that familiar Eastman color look. This is a very pleasing 4K presentation of a 1970s vintage film.”

Said Forbes of The Elephant Man:

The new 4K picture transfer ticks all the right AV enthusiast boxes. The film was shot on 35mm, and the original photographic negative was used to create the new digital 4K master. This master has also had HDR added, in both standard HDR10 and Dolby Vision flavours, using state of the art HDR 16-bit workflows. And perhaps most importantly of all, the new master has been supervised by David Lynch, including him personally colour correcting the image to give the black and white finish the tone he wanted.

Also newly minted on Blu-ray are:

  • Creepshow
  • The Machinist
  • Uncommon Valour
  • Dazed and Confused.
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One Response to “New to Blu: June 17 – 23”

  1. I have watched The Invisible Man on Xbox, it’s a brilliant, it’s very much like a Alfred Hitchcock movie with plenty of suspense. I wouldn’t call it a horror movie especially with how it plays out. I can’t recommend it highly enough 🙂

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