New to Blu: June 19-25

Denzel Washington’s Oscar-nominated turn as a boozed-to-the-eyeballs airline pilot is just one reason to buy one of this week’s top-flight Blu-ray releases.

Flight features a picture-perfect high definition transfer.

“Paramount’s latest 1080p image is amongst the best on the format, particularly amongst digitally photographed pictures.”

“Bob Zemeckis (with Don Burgess serving as DP) shot Flight using the Red Epic digital camera, meaning the transfer here is taken straight from the digital source, and it shows.

Flight is a great example of shooting a movie on a digital format but still maintaining the look and feel of film, minus the grain.”

Flight contains a relatively quiet soundtrack save for litter of classic songs and the sounds of crash and the hum of the jet engines, but the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio is entirely appropriate to the picture.

“Clearly the crash sequence is the most active scene for the audio, and it is pulled off with a great clarity in the audio as everything from the subwoofer to the surrounds plays a key part in gripping us.”

Hitchcock also was shot digitally with Red Epic cameras, by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth.

Hitchcock may not have the filmic grain or Technicolor depth of an original Hitch picture, but it still looks fantastic in high definition.”

“The teensiest bit of noise in some darker interiors is the only thing that keeps this from being a picture-perfect presentation of the film.

“Danny Elfman’s score is similarly well represented in this DTS-HD 5.1 track. Dialogue is of course perfectly clear throughout, but it’s Elfman’s score that provides the richness for the film’s soundscape.”

ParaNorman haunts Blu-ray with a flabbergasting, reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that really shows off the amazing creativity and talent that went into producing the animated film.”

“A vivid and captivating transfer that’s, quite simply, flawless. I doubt there’s a shade from the rainbow that doesn’t make an appearance in this production.”

As for the 3-D transfer, “Screen-erupting visuals are in short supply, sure, but the depth of ParaNorman’s world is extraordinary and, like the best 3D stop-motion animation on the market, is as close as most film fans will come to standing in the studio and studying the actual puppets and models.”

Also new from the multiplex are: This is 40 (“flesh tones look accurate and avoid any colour push, the colour palette is natural without over saturation and when called upon, the black levels in the film are dark and do not crush”); Safe Haven (“a great looking disc that excels in presentation”); and Ill Manors (“crisp and clean”).

Going direct to disc are Grabbers (“sharp and crisp and the film frequently looks beautiful”), Julia X and The Last Warrior while the only new TV series on Blu-ray is the History Channel’s The Story of All Mankind.

Mankind’s stablemate, The Men Who Made America, will be released next month but only on DVD, not Blu-ray (as it was in the US).

For the music-minded, there’s Alicia Keys: VH1 Storytellers, Rockshow: Paul McCartney and Wings and The Doobie Brothers: Live at Wolf Trap.

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2 Responses to “New to Blu: June 19-25”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    June 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

    As I’m watching Alfred Hitchcock movies, wonder if it’s worth watching Hitchcock? I’m up to Rear Window with my Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection … VERY impressive 🙂

  2. Hitchcock, like The Girl before it, are a waste of time and offer no insight into the director. Stick to the box set.

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