New to Blu: October 8-14

The title sounds more like a soap opera than sci-fi but Edge of Tomorrow promises to be a stellar release on Blu-ray.

Edge of Tomorrow descends on the battlefield with a precise, proficient 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation that doesn’t miss a shot, a step or anything of consequence.

“Cinematographer Dion Beebe’s palette favors bleak hues, war-ravaged primaries, overcast skies and a slight green tint, but there’s still beauty in every foxhole.”

-115081-8)_“The film’s largely pale and desaturated colour palette looks accurate, black levels are deep, and textures are quite strong throughout.

“Digital imperfections—including excessive noise reduction, edge enhancement, and compression artifacts—don’t seem to be an issue at all.”

The NZ release has only 5.1 audio where the Region A’s DTS-High Definition Master Audio 7.1 option “pulses with energy and raw emotion all the way through. The depth and breadth here is massive, especially within the combat sequences.”

“On its own, the 3D presentation seems decent, but I don’t think it brings real pizzazz to the movie. It offers more depth, though this can take on something of a Viewmaster feel without the most natural impression.

“I don’t dislike the 3D version but feel the 2D edition offers the more enjoyable visual presentation; the 3D effects fail to contribute enough to compensate for the format’s shortcomings.”

Getting the jump on the US and UK is the Blu-ray of 22 Jump St, which lands here a month earlier with hefty extras, including a directors/stars commentary and “The Dramatic Interpretation of 22 Jump Street — The Version Without the Jokes!”.

Under the Skin sports a solid 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation framed in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 widescreen.

“Although some shots from the film look absolutely stunning – visually opulent imagery that oftentimes evokes memories of the best that the genre has to offer, right up to and including masterpieces like 2001 – the majority has been filmed using hidden cameras on dreary Scottish streets, and comes sporting a plethora of visual digital issues (some intentional but most unavoidable) which, for most new releases, would be regarded as unforgivable.”

“The English language DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix is … is quite an immersive and impressive mix, one that really opens up during key moments in the film to envelope you, particularly when the movie’s bizarre but effective score kicks in.”

Going direct to disc are:

  • The Other Woman (“reference quality transfer that offers razor sharp clarity and bright detail, eye-popping colours”)
  • The Double (“use of oppressive and drab locations, coupled with very creative camera and lighting work makes it a must-see on Blu-ray”)
  • Road to Paloma (“the video is a mixed bag, the audio good”)
  • Life After Beth
  • Perfect Sisters

The only TV-on-Blu newcomer is Person of Interest’s third season while for the kids are Belle & Sebastian and the German-animated Tarzan.

Also new: Diana Krall: Live in Paris, Sepultura: Metal Veins Alive at Rock in RioSongs From Tsongas: Yes – 35th Anniversary Concert Special EditionWWE Summerslam 2014Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere – Complete CollectionFairy Tail – Collection 11Dragon Ball Z – Season 6 and Legend Of Korra: Book Two: Spirits – Volume 2.

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6 Responses to “New to Blu: October 8-14”

  1. There is also season 9 of Supernatural, I got mine yesterday from Mighty Ape :)

  2. Thanks, Trevor. Enjoy!

  3. I have ordered the US release of Edge of Tomorrow. It is region free so will play on any Blu-ray player in New Zealand.

  4. I paid good money at the cinema to see Edge of Tomorrow. Wasn’t disappointed. Much better than Oblivion. Look forward to acquiring it on DVD sometime. A movie you can watch over and over again. Like Tom does in THE MOVIE!

  5. Am I the only one who found Edge a bit meh? :P

  6. I have not seen Edge of Tomorrow yet, with my US version still in transit. Reviews of this movie are mainly very positive so really looking forward to watching this movie. In the meantime, though, Transformers 4 3D version has arrived from the US. Reviews of this Blu-ray suggest that the 3D quality is incredible as is the 7.1 soundtrack. Will definitely be watching this movie on the weekend.

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