New to Blu: May 13 – 26

The Twilight Zone – The Complete First Season lands here on Blu-ray ahead of its broadcast TV premiere.

Of course, chances are it may remain a TVNZ OnDemand exclusive. In any event, the five-disc Blu-ray release is the ultimate version to view.

“The 1080p (and it is 1080p) image is brilliant,” DVD Beaver says. “The colour is true, the detail sharp and there is plenty of depth.”

The set appears to be smartly packaged, with two of the discs showcasing all 10 episodes in black-and-white (in homage to the 1950s original).

The release also boasts comprehensive extras, including commentaries on some episodes, a documentary on how the Jordan Peele-produced series was developed for modern times, a tribute to creator Rod Serling, deleted/extended scenes, and a behind-the-scenes bonus for each ep.

Another series getting the jump on its NZ broadcast is Earth From Space, which will air next month on BBC UKTV.

“The visuals here range from the absolutely stunning to the somewhat troubled,” High-Def Digest says.

Earth from Space, like many nature-centric documentaries, uses a variety of sources varying in quality. Which means that this programme is somewhat of a mishmash.”

Also out this week is the final season of Mr Robot. Blu-ray.com says the “very high quality” presentation handles “every obscure angle, closeup shot, and varied environment with commendable precision and clarity”.

Nicolas Cage fans hoping to see his latest, Color Out of Space, in 4K-UHD will have to be satisfied with a Blu-ray only release in this market, which is frustrating given The Digital Bits claims: “This is a film that was made for Ultra HD given its vivid use of colour and depth.”

Other newcomers include:

  • Bombshell (“a great looking presentation where fine detail is very prominent”)
  • Like a Boss (“excellent high definition audio/video and a middling supplemental package”)
  • Black and Blue (“the 2.39:1 framed Blu-ray is simply superb and borders on the edge of utter perfection”)
  • The Grudge: The Untold Chapter (“with a subdued and decaying look colour palette, the image still manages to look excellent in all its horror”)
  • Hostage
  • Finke: There and Back.

There’s also a raft of premium re-issues on Blu-ray: The Big Chill, In the Name of the FatherIn the Line of Fire and Top Secret (which complements the Blu-ray debut of Police Squad – The Complete Series).

New on the anime front are:

  • Clockwork Planet – The Complete Series
  • Endro! Complete Series
  • Afro Samurai Complete Collection
  • Dragon Ball Super – Part 10
  • Zombie Land Saga – Season 1
  • Black Clover – Season 2: Part 2
  • Accel World: Infinite Burst.
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