New to Blu: June 20 – 26


TV manufacturers may have stopped marketing 3D as a feature but studios keep releasing movies in the 3D Blu-ray format, the latest being the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider, which also lands here on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD.

Tomb Raider was shot digitally in the ARRIRAW codec (at 3.4K) using ARRI Alexa cameras and anamorphic lenses,” The Digital Bits reports.

It was finished as a native 4K Digital Intermediate, given high dynamic range grades in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and is presented on Ultra HD at the 2.40:1 theatrical aspect ratio.

The image quality is generally very good, with solid detail and nice texturing, though fine detail is a little lacking sometimes and noisy at others. The HDR grade isn’t over the top, but the image still has nice pop.

“The Atmos track offered here is very good, providing a nice, spacious soundstage that one usually expects in an object-based mix,” Home Theater Forum said.

Heights are used to good effect during some of the key action sequences, with active surrounds throughout. LFE is strong without being overbearing. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout. said the 1080p transfer “looks superb, with richly saturated primary colours—the island forest greens and browns are especially striking—consistently excellent detail and remarkable sharpness and clarity even in dark effects-laden scenes …

“When you get bored by the paper-thin plot, you can entertain yourself admiring the detailed production design, both practical and digital.”

“The 2.4:1 1080p, AVC-encoded transfer for Game Night wonderfully captures the film’s unique look, which utilises a very active camera, varied shooting techniques (including tilt-shift photography) and a very stylised palette,” DVD Talk said.

Colours are spot-on–in their very purposeful way–with some scenes looking completely naturalistic, while others feature more dramatic hues. The level of fine detail is excellent (a key to the aforementioned tilt-shift look) and night scenes (which make up a bulk of the film–as the title would suggest) look great, with black levels that are deep and solid.

Concurred “Warner’s 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray reflects all the usual advantages of a project digitally originated and finished on a DI, with superior detail and sharpness, solid blacks and an absence of noise, interference, aliasing or other artifacts.”

Also new are Jeepers Keepers: Ravenous, Gorgeous, Steven Universe (season 4) and re-issues of The MissingThe TrackerNot Another Teen Movie, Raising Cain and Money Train.

And ahead of The Incredibles 2’s theatrical release on June 28 comes the original’s debut on 4K-UHD.

The Incredibles marks Disney’s first catalogue release on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format,” Home Theater Forum said.

The computer animated feature was rendered and completed as a 2K master way back in 2004. The feature has been upscaled to 2160p with HDR10 high dynamic range … The real benefit of the UHD version receives is the vastly improved contrast, allowing for better shadow details.

“The family superhero team comes to the rescue of 4K Ultra HD with an incredible and generally satisfying HEVC H.265 encode that offers several improvements over its HD predecessor,” High-Def Digest said.

“However, considering how the original source was rendered and any limitations associated with it — it was mastered at 2K resolution with a fixed, somewhat limited colour palette — the new 2160p video doesn’t completely blow away its Blu-ray counterpart.”

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