New to Blu: March 25 – 31

The Addams Family

➢ “The Addams Family enjoys a ghoulishly pleasing 1080p 1.85:1 transfer. I don’t know the final digital intermediate resolution, but I was very impressed with the overall clarity of the image, the clean lines, and how well everything blended together here… Practically picture perfect.” — High-Def Digest.

➢ “This film features beautifully crafted animation that looks superb in high definition. The colour range mates perfectly with the source material and are reproduced naturally, revealing subtle degrees of delineation that sparkle … A polished and beautifully rendered Blu-ray presentation.” — AVS Forum.

➢ “Universal’s 1080p AVC-encoded transfer retains the movie’s 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio, and is another winning presentation. Colours are bold and vivid where needed without appearing overly saturated … Black levels are excellent, with deep shadow detail.” — Home Theater Forum.

● Note: If you want the 4K-UHD disc of The Addams Family, you’ll need to import one from Italy, where a third party distributor has released it (elsewhere Universal offers only the 1080p Blu-ray).

Universal Soldier

➢ “An excellent and occasionally dazzling HEVC H.265 encode, rewarding loyal fans with several impressive enhancements over its Blu-ray comrade. Reportedly struck from a remaster of the original 35mm camera negatives by StudioCanal, the new 4K transfer is notably sharper overall with better definition and clarity of the background information.” — High-Def Digest.

➢ “It’s another fabulous full-fat native 4K restoration from Studiocanal, doing a superb restoration job with the original 35mm print, remastered with Dolby Vision as the cherry on top. The disc presents a 3840 x 2160p resolution image utilising the film’s original theatrical aspect ratio of widescreen 1.85:1. It uses 10-bit video depth, a Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the form of Dolby Vision, and is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec.” — AVForums.

Also new are a Studio Canal restoration of Red Heat on 4K-UHD and Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray.

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