New to Blu: October 28 – November 3

If you’ve already streamed El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie in Dolby Vision and Atmos on Netflix, Sony hopes a decent selection of extras will persuade you to buy it on Blu-ray.

The 1080p release comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and a range of commentaries, making-of shorts and deleted scenes.

“It is the special features that may be the key selling point for fans to purchase this disc, particularly the two audio commentary tracks,” Home Theatre Forum said.

Even so, the Blu-ray transfer and audio are highly recommended.

“Digitally shot and clearly designed and framed as a feature film, El Camino arguably looks better than Breaking Bad ever did, with a glorious cinematic vibe, oozing style and atmosphere,” AVForums said.

Also new this week are Follow MeHard Kill and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which is being dusted off on 4K-UHD, too.

“StudioCanal’s UHD presentation includes an HDR10 high dynamic range grade. Unfortunately, there’s good news and bad news,” The Digital Bits said.

“The good news is that the added resolution does offer a notable increase in fine detail and texturing, though how much of an increase varies from shot to shot (some have soft focus, while optically composited shots are a little softer too).

“The bad news is, this is a remarkably lacklustre HDR grade.”

Faring better for their 4K-UHD debuts are:

  • District 9 (“makes for a distinct improvement when compared to the 1080p Blu-ray rendering”)
  • Hocus Pocus (“Disney have certainly performed some magic on this native 4K transfer, as it looks like a brand new film“)
  • Cars 3 (“gorgeous 4K video presentation and a demo-worthy Dolby Atmos soundtrack”).
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