New to Blu: November 22 – 28


The Dark Tower stands out as a towering achievement on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD.

The Stephen King saga earned mixed reviews theatrically but its home video specs are extraordinary, especially the dual format 4K-UHD (HDR10 and Dolby Vision).

“It’s a winner. Big time,” said.

The image boasts serious upgrades over the Blu-ray, particularly in terms of its textural excellence. The movie was reportedly shot at resolutions of both 3.4K and 6K and finished at 4K, so this is a ‘true’ 4K release rather than another generic upscale. There are moments, and chapter 14 serves as a very good example, where the image matches, if not surpasses, most everything else on the market, whether shot digitally or on film.

The Dark Tower‘s UHD release features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which offers a nice step up from the Blu-ray’s DTS 5.1 track. While the listens are not fundamentally different — both maintain heightened clarity, attuned positioning, strong low end support, enveloping surround usage — the added channels, both rearward and overhead, increase the track’s spacial capabilities by quite a bit. also praised the “quality 1080p transfer” that has “a sprinkling of light noise but no serious source or encode artifacts  … This is a very strong Blu-ray presentation from Sony.”

Home Theater Forum dubbed the 4K-UHD “a reference-quality transfer”. It also rated another of this week’s newcomers, the Blu-ray of Logan Lucky, 5/5 for its video and 4.5/5 for its audio:

Sharpness is excellent throughout with lots of details to be seen in facial features, clothes, and hair. Colour is rich and full-bodied without any problems with oversaturation. Contrast has been excellently applied for a very satisfying visual experience. Black levels are also outstanding.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix is full-bodied but not quite as immersive as some other sound designs from recent heist movies. Dialogue has been well-recorded and has been placed in the center channel.

Everything, Everything arrives on a 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray that features all the usual virtues of digital capture: sharp and detailed imagery, solid blacks, good contrast and an absence of noise, aliasing or interference,”

It offers “everything, everything in terms of sharpness, clarity, and atmosphere”, DVD Talk said.

This is a boldly colourful film with plenty of texture (or lack of it) throughout, and the transfer handles the picture with excellent vibrancy and clarity.

Also new are season one of Legion and the re-issues CandymanAir AmericaThe Devil’s Rejects and The Skeleton Key.

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5 Responses to “New to Blu: November 22 – 28”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    November 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Yay, fantastic news guys, it looks like Amazon will be open from Australia this week, hope it includes free delivery to New Zealand and also a better range of Blu-rays 🙂

  2. I suspect that the Blu-rays sold by Amazon AU will be the same ones that the likes of JB Hi-Fi sell here. Don’t expect the same release dates as the US Amazon.

  3. I think there will be some differences like cheaper prices for a start.I also think they should include Blu-rays from the UK since they have the same region code as New Zealand and Australia 🙂

  4. What Paul said. Unlikely to include UK BD as you can order those from Amazon UK. Amazon Aus will source from local suppliers. Imports may appear at import prices.

  5. Dark Tower was an absolutely awful film. It appears the old home theatre corollary holds true – the worse films, the better the home media release. 🙂

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