New to Blu: March 23 – 29

Secret in Their Eyes was shot digitally using Arri Alexa XT Plus cameras and is presented here in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio. For the most part, the image is rendered nicely, although noise does creep into the background of a number of shots (which seems to be indicative of the Arri Alexa, rather than issues with the transfer).”

“Black levels are solid throughout, which is helpful as many moments in the film either take place at night or in dimly-lit locales. The video quality of the film is fairly flawless, with excellent clarity of picture and really highlighting the aging faces of the main characters.

With a Dolby Atmos upgrade, Mockingjay Part 2 reaches a new level on the sound front. Even its standard True HD core is outstanding, picking up on finer touches whilst raining down chaos for more elaborate setpieces, with the city-destroying traps igniting the soundstage and ripping right through your living room.

“The colour is rather muted, so there’s nothing to pop there, but the movie was shot in a clear, realistic way that was refreshing.”

“Secret in Their Eyes offers a good all-around DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack. It’s not particularly dynamic or intense, but it satisfies the movie’s needs with good definition and attention to detail.”

Missing from the NZ release is the US filmmakers’ commentary.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 isn’t the best looking of the bunch. A lot of that has to do with the film’s incredibly dark image. Yes, it’s intentional, but it doesn’t always make for a fun viewing experience.

“There are a few standout moments in this 2.40:1 transfer … Otherwise, the film is comprised of grays, blacks, and very dark blues. Thanks to all of that darkness, the image isn’t as sharp as you’d expect — or want. It’s good, but not great.”

“The high definition transfer is excellent, preserving the colours and allowing us to see the shadows … It is well-matched with the Dolby Atmos soundtrack.”

The End of the Tour is presented with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1.

“While the film isn’t quite a verité in the strictest sense of the term, the lo-fi on the fly ambience … often gives the film a quasi-documentary feel, and as such the image here rarely rises to the pristine, razor sharp precision that some fans of contemporary cinema have come to expect.”

“The 1080p transfer does a near-perfect job capturing the cold beauty of the locations. It’s not a film that utilises a lot of contrast, but when it appears, the black levels are represented really well.”

Two Men in Town is presented in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1, close to the original 2.35:1 ratio, in 1080p using the MPEG-4 AVC code.

“The video and audio are fine. A couple of trailers for other films are the only extras as sadly we miss out on the extensive making of available in the US.”

“There are one or two brief issues with noise, as well as similarly brief bouts of banding when the camera is aimed squarely at the sun, but this is generally a solid, artifact free presentation that offers some sumptuous if barren southwestern beauty.”

Also new are part one of Hell on Wheels’s fifth season, Knight of Cups (“the HD quality is excellent“), Absolutely AnythingThe ProgramRatterBleeding HeartHammer Horror: The Nanny and Battle Cry.

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