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Old 12-25-2017, 01:57 PM
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Street Date: January 15, 2018

Studio: Entertainment One

Region: NA

Zavvi Description: Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray

Extras: NA

Technical Info: (From USA release) DTS-HD MA 5.1, AR 2.40:1, 1 BD-50 Disc

Synopsis: After rescuing his son, Alton, from a fundamentalist religious sect who are convinced his mysterious powers are the key to their salvation, Roy (Michael Shannon), Alton and their bodyguard Lucas (Joel Edgerton) are on the run for their lives.

What starts as a desperate escape from a fearsome cult soon attracts the attention of secretive government forces who believe Alton to be a threat to mankind's very existence. With the trio's fate hanging in the balance, Roy will stop at nothing to keep his son from harm and discover the truth to his unbelievable powers that could change the world forever.


Comments: Region Coding - Unknown. Previous UK release is not known but the USA Warner Bros. release is region free.

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Old 12-26-2017, 09:16 PM
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Street Date: TBA

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Region: B (locked)

Zavvi Description: Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray

Extras: NA

Technical Info: DTS-HD MA 5.1, AR 1.78:1, 2 BD-50 Discs

Synopsis:

The Raid:

Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city's most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area's most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area. In a desperate bid to flush these violent criminals and their leader from their haven once and for all, an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor, taking out anyone who stands in their way. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, the SWAT members make their move and enter the block not realising that this is the easier part of the mission. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again.

The Raid 2:

After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen, rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong. His triumph attracted the attention of the criminal underworld, and with his family at risk, Rama has only one choice – to join the gang undercover and begin a new odyssey of violence.


Comments: Fox is hit and miss with region locking. Previous releases are region B (locked) so there is no reason to believe this one to be any different

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Old 01-06-2018, 09:17 PM
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Updated cover art and release date for Thor: Ragnarok
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:24 PM
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Street Date: February 5, 2018

Studio: Warner Bros

Region: Free

Zavvi Description: Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray. Limited to 1000 copies.

Extras: NA

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 2.0, French, German, Italian & Spanish mono. AR 1.78:1, 1 BD-50 Disc.

Synopsis: His new assignment seems routine: protecting a star witness for an important trial. But before the night is out, the witness lies dying and cool, no-nonsense Detective Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) won't rest until the shooters and the kingpin pulling their strings are nailed. From opening shot to closing shootout, Bullitt crackles with authenticity: San Francisco locations, crisp dialogue and to-the-letter police, hospital and morgue procedures. An Oscar winner for Best Film Editing (1968), this razor edged thriller features one of cinema history's most memorable car chases. Buckle up and brace for unbeatable action.

Comments: Lossy audio on a 2018 release??? Obviously the same region-free disc from 2007. One would expect a 4K do-over like Unforgiven for this gem.
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Meh. Not great, but at least it's not Pop Art.
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Meh. Not great, but at least it's not Pop Art.
DOUBLE Amen to that!!!!!
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Street Date: February 19, 2018

Studio: Warner Bros.

Region: Free

Zavvi Description: Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray. Limited to 1000 units

Extras: NA

Technical Info: DTS-HD MA 5.1, AR 2.41:1, 1 BD-50 Disc

Synopsis: Commander Adams sets out to investigate the disappearance of a colony of scientists on the planet Altair 4.He discovers only two survivors, Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira.They live a prosperous lifestyle, and are attended to by dutiful Robby the Robot. But among Altair 4 s many wonders lies a mysterious terror

Comments: Previous Releases have been region free, no reason to believe this release will be a different disc.
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Old 01-08-2018, 07:21 PM
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Question about aspect ratios --
Bullitt was originally shot in 1.85:1 while the BD is 1.78:1, while Forbidden Planet is shot in 2.55:1 and is shown on BD in 2.41:1 - so are we losing info here due to reframing or gaining more on the top and bottom?
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Question about aspect ratios --
Bullitt was originally shot in 1.85:1 while the BD is 1.78:1, while Forbidden Planet is shot in 2.55:1 and is shown on BD in 2.41:1 - so are we losing info here due to reframing or gaining more on the top and bottom?
Regarding 1.85:1 to 1.78:1, Warner has a policy of opening the mattes on all 1.85:1 movies to full-screen 16:9, so you get a sliver of extra information.

As a CinemaScope production from 1956, Forbidden Planet would have been shot with a ratio of 2.55:1 on the camera negative, but this was reduced to 2.35:1 after adding an optical soundtrack to the film prints. The theatrical standard was later changed to 2.40:1 in 1970.

DVDBeaver has screenshots from the Blu-ray. The transfer has both letterbox bars on the top and bottom and tiny pillarbox bars on the sides. If you crop out all the bars, the active picture area is 1906x792 pixels, or 2.40:1. What this suggests is that the person who did the transfer calibrated the telecine machine for the post-1970 standard.

Is this inaccurate? Technically, yes. You'll lose a very small amount of picture off the top and bottom. However, the difference is so negligible that it really doesn't harm anything.
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Regarding 1.85:1 to 1.78:1, Warner has a policy of opening the mattes on all 1.85:1 movies to full-screen 16:9, so you get a sliver of extra information.
Presumably, whenever possible? If a camera has a hard matte then this isn't possible, so we see a zoomed in image instead. Reminds me of the 4:3 days when people complained that their whole screen wasn't filled in.
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