New to Blu: Movies > January 14-20

Two live-action cartoons dominate this week’s movies slate: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

“Whatever misgivings are had about the movie itself, the Blu-ray presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is outstanding.

“There is a strong high definition presentation with an enormous amount of image detail, a beautiful colour palette, accurate skin tones, deep and inky black levels, terrific shadow detail, and perfect brightness and contrast levels.”

“Likewise, the film’s room-shaking audio achieves sonic perfection during the bulk of its running time.”

As for the 3D version, it “retains all the good qualities of its 2D-only counterpart but that never really excites the senses in the third dimension.

“General depth isn’t extraordinary by any means, and the picture rarely appears significantly more defined in terms of character and object volume.”

The same isn’t true of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which has the 2D and 3D versions on the same disc.

“The native 3D models created for this film make for an excellent 3D presentation. Popout is minimal and limited to some gun barrels pointing towards the audience, but the multiple levels of depth with various foreground and background images, and points in between, create an immersive noir experience.”

“The DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio is terrific. Dialogue and narration come through solidly and intelligibly in the sound mix, which is impressive given the gunshots and other sound effects, and the music score which shock and awe with clarity.”

Other than A Long Way Down (“like the movie itself the video is filled with potential, but doesn’t quite hit it”), Life of Crime (“intentionally drab, with a kind of Fargo-esque wintry quality”), and Step Up All In (“bright and colourful image with solid blacks and contrast”), the rest of the week’s releases are direct to disc:

  • Reclaim
  • Drive Hard 
  • The Immigrant
  • Supremacy 
  • The Giver 
  • The Suspect
  • Kill La Kill – Volume 2 (Eps 5-9)
  • Ghost In The Shell Arise – Part 1
  • WWE Presents – True Giants.
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