New to Blu: September 13 – 19


It’s another stellar week for 4K-UHD releases, with The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesRough Night and Minions all benefitting from higher definition transfers.

‘The movie looks wonderful on the UHD format,” said of The Mummy. “The 2160p/HDR-enhanced presentation offers a tangible increase in sharpness and detail even over the exceptional Blu-ray.”

Said High-Def Digest of the 1080p release (which is also available in 3D): “The adventure horror flick rises from its box-office disappointment grave to rule Blu-ray with a gorgeous, reference-quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode, showing stunning clarity and definition in every scene.”

Pirates sets sail here three weeks ahead of the US while Rough Night’s 2160p/HDR-enhanced UHD presentation is “fine but never overwhelmingly impressive,” said. “Most immediately noticeable is the uptick in fine detail.”

It said the 1080p transfer shines. “The digitally photographed motion picture delivers a dazzling, clean image, with only the expected spike in source noise at lower light the only blemish of note.”

Direct from the film festival circuit comes Jasper Jones, which MichaelDVD acclaimed for “very good” video and audio with strong detail, natural colours and rock-solid blacks.

Ken Burns’ exemplary documentary series The War heads this week’s re-issues on Blu-ray — Children of DuneThe PunisherHard TargetDante’s Peak — while going direct to disc are:

  • Colossal (“a first-rate picture”)
  • Black Butterfly (“commendable levels of fine detail”)
  • Kung Fu Yoga (“detail levels are routinely excellent“).

Other newcomers include:

  • Madonna: Rebel Heart
  • Whitney: Can I Be Me  
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters – Part 2 (Eps 24-47)
  • Steven Universe: Season 3
  • Assassination Classroom – Season 2: Part 2 (Eps 14-25)
  • Erased – Vol 2 (Eps 7-12)
  • Dragon Ball Super: Part 1 (Eps 1-13)
  • School-live! Complete Series.
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