New to Blu: March 16 – 22

Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season maintains the series’ high standards. Some storylines work better than others, but the last few episodes are among the show’s very best. The video transfer is exceptional and the soundtrack is demo-worthy.”

For whatever reason, Pinnacle Films presents The Green Inferno on Blu-ray framed at 1.78:1, as opposed to the movie’s original aspect ratio of 2.39:1. Comparing this release to screenshots of the Region A disc, it’s clear that this transfer was created through a combination of open matte, re-framing and cropping, which is simply bizarre … The movie was cropped to its theatrical 2.39:1 aspect ratio in post-production after being shot at 1.78:1, so perhaps this is just an old master, but that’s no excuse.

“Detail is exquisite from the closest skin texture to the furthest snow covered terrain.

“The attention to detail is so apparent, the sheen to armour or swords, the grime in the filthy leathers, the wisp of flames, the reflection of the sun on the waves, sand grains, scrub, snow covered clothing – each and every bit is rendered in absolute clarity.”

“Equipped with Dolby Atmos presentations for all episodes, Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season defaults to a slate of 7.1 Dolby TrueHD tracks for those who haven’t yet upgraded their receivers.

“The downscaling doesn’t suffer in the quality department whatsoever, though, boasting a fully immersive surround stage that amply engages all the surround channels, ranging from vicious chatter and uproar of city populations to the frosty and desolate wisps of the northern regions.”

No Escape transitions to Blu-ray with an intermittently strong-looking and at times disappointing 1.85:1 1080p transfer.

“One moment the film is well detailed with stable colors and is a real beauty in HD, then the next scene can appear soft with muddy colours and appear outright soupy.”

“Detail is frequently strong, excelling in key sequences, but also fluctuating somewhat.

“Skin textures are reasonably well resolved, and clothing tweaks and background nuances still apparent, but a hint of softness seeps into some shots almost at random.”

No Escape features an enveloping, and violently so, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack …

“Dialogue is clear and focused, even through some of the more extreme moments of chaos.”

The Green Inferno is horror director Eli Roth’s nod to 80’s cannibal films …

“The picture is clean, bright, well detailed with good black levels and the sound creates a good surround environment with the DTS-HD MA track, and is very well layered with strong bass.”

“Fine detail levels revealed in the forest canopy, as well as when, say, someone’s throat is suddenly slit, are exemplary.

“A super-crisp image accompanies finely detailed, deep black levels and rich, naturalistic, yet eye-popping colours.

“I can’t find anything negative to say about the image, it’s the best any Cannibal Movie has looked.”

“The colour scheme in the movie, once we get to the jungle, really lends itself nicely to a good HD presentation, and that’s what we get here.

“The black levels are nice and deep throughout the presentation and there aren’t any problems with crush or compression. Generally the transfer excels in areas of both detail and texture.”

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