New to Blu: September 12-18

The four Indiana Jones adventures and two Titanic movies set sail this week on Blu-ray.

Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures can be bought only as a box set while the highest-grossing movie in history is out in 2D and 3D versions.

Clearly, since it was released theatrically in 1997, the 3D release is a conversion.

And while many critics have misgivings about such hi-tech tampering, “this is one of the better ones I’ve seen, offering a rather decent amount of depth that mostly looks natural, but does occasionally break down and have a cardboard cut-out look about it …

“I can hardly find any complaints about the 2D presentation of Titanic in this set. The film, now 15-years-old, almost looks like it was filmed yesterday, yet it still retains a rather thin layer of grain from its Super 35 format source and lots of detail.”

Titanic is undoubtedly one of the most visually astounding pictures ever made in its natural 2D form.

“It’s astonishing to behold, and the Blu-ray is one of the finest ever released in terms of raw picture quality and ability to convey the film’s visual wonders and emotional depth …

Titanic’s Blu-ray 3D presentation is nothing short of spectacular.

“The film truly looks as if it were photographed in 3D, and it fares better — significantly, in some cases — than many native 3D images and certainly bests any conversion to date, with maybe Alice in Wonderland a distant second.”

The 3D transfer has been split across two discs to maximise image quality and both releases include a Blu-ray disc with extras from the previous DVD release and two, new, movie-length HD documentaries.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has been released previously on Blu-ray but not its predecessors: Raiders of the Lost Ark has been fully restored, and Temple of Doom and Last Crusade digitally re-mastered.

Extras range from a “best of” selection culled from the DVD box set (so don’t turf it just yet) to HD exclusives.

The week’s other highlights include Margin Call, season two of Boardwalk Empire, Spartacus: Vengeance (season three), Piranha: The Original and the direct-to-disc The Awakening, Act of Valour, WE and One in the Chamber.

Margin Call may disappoint fans of the movie as apparently “the few times that colours pop in this film (which has a mostly black, white and gray palette), they’re dismal and powerless.

“Where they should catch the eye and add vibrancy, they are so muted that they add nothing.”

Margin Call doesn’t look especially brilliant on Blu-ray.  It shows superior detail than SD but looks fairly flat and lifeless.

“This is only single-layered with a very modest bitrate and contrast may be the culprit for a less-than-stellar image.”

Spartacus has always looked great in high definition. Its hyper-stylised photography is richly detailed from start to finish.

“The entire season mirrors the previous seasons, in that each scene is full of intricate detail which seems to leap off the screen.”

“Like its first season, Boardwalk Empire’s second Blu-ray release is a beaut.”

“The show looks gorgeous, benefiting from remarkable detail and depth at every turn.

“While it could be argued that the series relies a little too heavily on CGI (and it shows), the efforts made in the set and costume design departments are considerable and can be fully appreciated with this gorgeous release.”

Also new: The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History, Produced by George Martin, Supertramp: Live in Paris ’79, Dragon Ball Z Kai: Collection 8 and Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Volume 3.

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5 Responses to “New to Blu: September 12-18”

  1. So far I have watched Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Temple Of Doomb… Of those two, Temple Of Doom looks the better, to myself, anyway. Is anyone watching else watching Indiana Jones? :)

  2. Hell no. I’d rather spend my hard earned on something new instead of the same old tired back-catalogue ad nauseum.

  3. Really thx1138. The Indiana Jones series of movies are classics, especially the first three movies. They are definitely not old tired back catalogue movies. Whilst these movies are a little bit older, they are still far superior to a lot of new release movies that you seem to prefer. I like new release movies also, but a real movie lover should appreciate great movies regardless of how old they are.

  4. I never said I didn’t like the Indy films, just that I’m not going to buy them again in another format regardless of their “classic” status.

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