New to Blu: October 2-8

Only two of this week’s new releases are fresh from the multiplex but there’s a box set bonanza for collectors of TV series and classic movies, including a 3D, 75th anniversary version of The Wizard of Oz.

“If you’re a 3D enthusiast and revere The Wizard of Oz, it’s impossible not to be dazzled by this high-quality reimagining of one of Hollywood’s most beloved and enduring films.

The Wizard of Oz in 3D is not just a gimmick; it’s an immersive, eye-filling, often wondrous cinematic experience that will thrill and delight those willing to accept its transformation.”

“I still wouldn’t necessarily call the new restoration and transfer utterly flawless. Worthy of top marks, though? Absolutely.”

However, The Great Gatsby divided critics over its 2D versus 3D merits.

The Great Gatsby is one of the year’s finest visual offerings.

“There is so much detail, so much colour, and so much scope that frame after frame is a masterpiece of composition.

“Add the 3D as well, and you have an immersive visual experience that has depth as well as detail.”

“I’m a fan of 3D, but the 2D transfer of The Great Gatsby outshines the more dimensional version.

“All the opulence and vivid colour, without any superfluous distractions, are beautifully showcased, enhancing both the viewing experience and, quite surprisingly, the film itself.”

Fast & Furious 6 is a “near-perfect reference-quality video presentation” with “an excellent 1080p high definition rendition in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen.”

The sequel bows here ahead of the US and also is being packaged in a box set with the first five F&F movies.

Aftershock is one of three direct-to-disc newcomers.

“Shot with crisp digital cameras, the video quality is decent, but not as good as it should be.”

Aftershock’s low budget roots show on Blu-ray. The HD video image appears over processed and overly warm.

“Colours are over saturated, skin tones appear hot, and blacks are murky and overpowering.”

“Shot with a variety of digital cameras, Girls Against Boys generally looks terrific on Blu-ray. The image is startlingly crisp and detailed throughout.”

“The 1.78:1/1080p HD transfer, taken from the original HD video source, showcases a remarkable amount of detail and gives the movie a look that’s at once slick and natural.”

Also new are Dead in Tombstone and season four of The Vampire Diaires.

The latter’s also being boxed with its predecessors, along with collections of True Blood (S1-5), Boardwalk Empire (S1-3), and an extras-free Band of Brothers/The Pacific combo.

Best of Warner Bros 50 Film Collection heads an exceptionally hefty back-catalogue slate that includes Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection, a James Dean box of Rebel Without a Cause, Giant and East of Eden (each title also for sale separately) and a raft of budget titles: Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, CarrieAirplane!, High Plains Drifter – 40th Anniversary Edition, The Naked Gun movies, Changing Lanes, The Peacemaker, Scrooged, Virtuosity, Kiss the Girls, Weird Science, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and “2 Movie Packs” of V for Vendetta / Watchmen, The Fugitive / U.S. Marshals, Collateral Damage / Eraser, Demolition Man / Tango & Cash and Contact / Sphere.

Jumper is being re-issued in 3D and making its Blu-ray debut is Disney’s The Jungle Book.

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9 Responses to “New to Blu: October 2-8”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    October 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

    YAY, great to have the Naked Gun movies on Blu-ray … SO funny 🙂

  2. You forgot about the “award wining??” Sharknado this week on Blu-ray. $17 at JB Hi-Fi. 😉

  3. You’re jumping the shark, so to speak, on that one — it doesn’t release until October 9.

  4. 3D, schmee-dee. I’ve seen many native 3D and converted 3D movies and am still to see one that was actually improved by 3D.

  5. Apparently Gravity is absolutely incredible in 3D 🙂

  6. Hi thx1138….go and see Gravity 3D and then repeat what you said about 3D, I dare you 🙂

  7. 3D and Bullock – double yuck. I’ll only be seeing that if I can score free tickets

  8. Thanks, Philip. Really looking forward to getting Wizard of Oz in 3D. US reviews of Wizard of Oz 3D on Blu-ay are extremely positive and all have been very impressed with the 3D. Can we be sure though that our local release of this movie will have the same or similar 3D quality to the US release?

  9. Don’t see why not given Warner Bros’ titles rarely differ from their US specs.

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