New to Blu: Movies > May 7-13

The Blu-ray of the movie about the making of Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks, will sweep HD buffs off their feet quicker than they can say, “Chim Chim Cheree.”

“Saving Mr. Banks features a handsome 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation free from any serious issue or blemish.

“The film’s sun-cast 1960s California palette is awash with golden hues, striking sepia-kissed colors, nicely saturated skin tones, deep blacks and unexpectedly strong primaries.”

“One of the smart things Disney did with the movie (reportedly at the request of the director) was to shoot Saving Mr. Banks on 35mm film, rather than digitally.

“The result is a picture with a really lush look to it (adding to the historical feel), while still containing the kind of clarity and sharpness we expect on the Blu-ray format.”

“Just the one track to choose from: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround and much like the picture never puts a foot wrong.

“The track is mostly about ambiance and dialogue with no bombastic effects to fly around the room; so it concerns itself with realism and does so extremely well.”

The Book Thief is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1.

“This is a largely flawless high definition experience that offers the crisp digital look of the Arri Alexa bolstered by a refreshing lack of overt colour grading.”

“There is rarely, if anything, to complain about. The colour palette may be drowned in dreary browns, blacks, and grays, but these characters are living in dreary times.”

“The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix handles the ambiance of the times quite well with the Nazi rallies and the bombings coming through especially impactfully in the various surround channels.

“John Williams’ exquisite score gets lovely placement in the fronts and rears, and dialogue is always discernible and has been placed in the centre channel.”

Kiwi Stuart Dryburg’s “often gorgeous” cinematography compensates for the creative shortcomings of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

“The movie retains its filmlike-look, without having to sacrifice the detail that high-def provides.

“The film is presented in the 2.40:1 format, and has an epic scope to it that looks great on widescreen HDTVs.”

“The film’s DTS-HD 7.1 track even more impressive. Dialogue is always clean and clear from the front, but it’s the rest of the soundscape that sells the film.”

Other than 1998’s Godzilla (“pretty terrific, rendering everything thrown at it with remarkably good results”) and Made in America, the rest of the week’s releases are direct to disc:

  • Fright Night 2  (“generally excellent shadow detail, and fine detail pops extremely well in close-ups”)
  • Closed Circuit (“picture quality is fantastic“)
  • How I Live Now (“excellent quality though our extras in Region B Australia got nuked”)
  • The Wrath of Vajra (“bright, clean, crisp, and free of any noise”)
  • Born to Race: Fast Track  (“clean, sharply delineated visuals; superb depth of field; solid black levels and shadow detail”)
  • Just One Day
  • Someone Marry Barry
  • Dom Hemingway.
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2 Responses to “New to Blu: Movies > May 7-13”

  1. Godzilla is one of Sony’s 4K mastered discs, which one retailer has mistakenly hyped as real 4K.

  2. I love the Blu-ray of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty — the video quality is AMAZING and the movie is wonderful 🙂

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