New to Blu: October 17 – 23


➢ “Skyscraper appears on 4K UHD and Blu-ray disc in its original 2:39.1 aspect ratio.  The 4K UHD disc displays the film  in 2160p using the HEVC codec with HDR.  Skyscraper with HDR demonstrates exquisite fine detail with a range of colours that can only be produced in this format on home video. The UHD disc defaults to the English Dolby Atmos audio.  The layered sound mix combines primary audio with background noise to created a fully immersive experience.” — Home Theater Forum.

➢ “Skyscraper leaps onto Blu-ray with a pleasing, yet average 2.40:1 1080p transfer. Shot digitally, the image is clean and clear with solid detail levels. From scruffy beard stubble to clothing details, there is a lot to see and examine. Colours are bright and robust with nice primaries throughout; blues get a lot of play and have a nice icy look to them. However, black levels are where the image gets a bit dodgy.” — High-Def Digest.

➢ “Considering how dark so much of the latter part of the film is, this is a remarkably well detailed offering, though some of the CGI can look fairly soft … The palette is nicely suffused throughout, and aside from an understandably repeated use of orange tones in the many scenes depicting fires, there’s not a lot of artificial lighting and/or grading going on.” —

The First Purge

➢ “Coming directly from a digital HD source, the video is marvellously razor-sharp from beginning to end … The only issue of concern with an otherwise spectacular presentation is the brightness levels, which from the looks of it are affected by the movie’s intended look and feel.” — High-Def Digest.

➢ “This isn’t a particularly bright film but it manages to strike a good balance between the use of dark and light elements. Certain scenes are bathed in monochromatic/sepia/blue while others appear to use natural lighting and splashes of colour. This seems to mate well thematically, and I found the visual contrast interesting. In most regards both light and dark sequences have above average depth with appreciable shadow delineation.” — AVSForum.

➢ “While not a bad image, it seemed a little less satisfying than expected. Sharpness became the main semi-weakness, as parts of the movie looked softer than expected. This wasn’t a major issue, but I thought the film could seem oddly ill-defined on occasion.” — DVD Movie Guide.

Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season

➢ “Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season features a well-rounded 1080p transfer. Detail, as it has been through both seasons one and two, remains exceptional here. Clarity is amongst the best Blu-ray has to offer.” —

➢ “Detail is very strong, better than the broadcast versions ever were – it’s often times very impressive. There are some minor problems with mpeg compression artifacts and minor aliasing but no heavy edge enhancement while black levels stay strong and shadow detail remains consistently impressive.” — Rock! Shock! Pop!

● Also new are Occupation, Ideal Home and Time Trap, 4K-UHD reissues of The Big Lebowski and the first three Fast and the Furious movies, and Blu-ray blasts from the past The Invisible Man’s Revenge and Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds.

Anime fans can choose from:

  • Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You
  • No Game, No Life: Zero
  • One Piece Film Collection
  • Fairy Tail Guild Collection 6 (Eps 227-277).
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