New to Blu: June 24-30

Sci-fans fans may not have been over the moon about Jupiter Ascending but the Blu-ray is stellar.

“Filled with dazzling sci-fi imagery, the film comes to Blu-ray with a spectacular video presentation.

“The digital source is clean and crisp throughout, and with the exception of some light noise during dark scenes and a negligible hint of false contouring, there are no troublesome artifacts to report.”

“The 3D version of the film is rendered via a 1080p MVC encoded presentation on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc with no extras. The 2D version of the film is rendered via a 1080p AVC encoded presentation on a dual-layered Blu-ray disc.

“Both presentations are near reference quality with an impressive range of contrast and detail. The 3D presentation is one of the better 3D conversions I have seen with only a couple of instances of slight jitter around some foreground elements.”

Jupiter Ascending also features a bombastic Dolby Atmos audio presentation (core Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround); one that engages as often and as aggressively as it invigorates.

“LFE output is bold and booming, with thunderous engine propulsion, hard-hitting energy blasts, deafening explosions, and enough low-end oomph, oohs and ahs to bring a grin to your face.”

Blackhat arrives on Blu-ray from Universal. It’s another film shot with a Arri Alexa XT (and other digital cameras.)

“It, predictably, looks quite strong with some interesting effects. The transfer is 1080P, dual-layered, with a very high bitrate.

“The film has plenty of darker scenes but no noise or other issues.”

Blackhat has been given a crystal clear 1080 AVC/MPEG-4 encoded transfer that showcases the international settings by presenting them in a mixture of gorgeous aerial establishing shots and some gritty street-level visuals that keep the film grounded in the here and now.”

“Like the Blu-ray release of Season OneRay Donovan: Season Two features a striking 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer. Colours are naturally saturated, with lifelike hues and skintones, deep black levels, and filmic contrast.

“The series was shot using Arri Alexa digital cameras as well, so the image is clean and crisp, without any grain or aberrant noise to speak of.

“Images are consistently sharp and detailed with excellent, believable colour and accurate flesh tones. Contrast is masterfully maintained, and black levels are superb (important since many of the various nefarious activities which take place during the episodes occur at night).”

Also new are ShineAnarchyThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them and a slew of horror films: Honeymoon (“the picture not a total loss, it’s passable, but for a horror film you really need deep black and shadows”); ShiverOut of the DarkStephen King’s A Good Marriage; and Maladies.

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