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Monday, 29 February 2016 18:11

The Revenant is set for BD, DVD & 4K, plus Room, our first 4K UHD Blu-ray review (The Martian) & more

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Happy Leap Day! All right, we’ve just posted our first Ultra HD Blu-ray review here at The Digital Bits, and its none other than Ridley Scott’s The Martian, which is now available in 4K from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Do check it out, as I think you’ll find it interesting (whether or not you intend to upgrade to UHD anytime soon).

I’m going to be posting a few more UHD title reviews this week here at The Bits, and then early next week I’ll post a larger column talking generally about my experiences with the format after a week’s worth of calibrating, testing, and viewing. I’ll give you my overall impressions, offer some advice on setup, and the like. [Read on here…]

Part of the problem at the moment is that there’s really no baseline for calibrating a 4K home theater display for the HDR color space – similar experience with HD calibration only gets you so far. And it takes time to learn the quirks of the display, the player, and the software. As 4K UHD titles with HDR almost universally look “amazing”, the next challenge is not just to compare them to regular Blu-ray versions of the same title, but also to calibrate your expectations of what to expect from 4K UHD with HDR over many titles viewed... and that just takes time and patience. But, with a week’s experience under my belt, I expect I’ll have a better sense of things. So stay tuned for that next week.

In the meantime, 20th Century Fox has just officially announced the 4K Ultra HD BD, Blu-ray, and DVD release of Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant on 4/19, with the digital HD release due on 3/22. The only extra available on the Blu-ray version will be the A World Unseen documentary. Both the UHD and BD will feature English 7.1 DTS-HD MA audio, while the DVD will include 5.1 Dolby Digital. You can see the cover artwork for the different SKUs above left and down below (with preorder links).

Also today, Lionsgate has now officially set Room for Blu-ray and DVD release on 3/1. Extras on both will include audio commentary with director Lenny Abrahamson, cinematographer Danny Cohen, editor Nathan Nugent, and production designer Ethan Tobman, and 3 featurettes (Making Room, 11x11, and Recreating Room).

Our friends over at Scream Factory have just announced another great pair of Blu-ray Collector’s Edition titles that they’re working on for release on 6/14: Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2! Additional details on the extras will be available in the weeks ahead. Here’s a look at the cover artwork...

Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2 Collector's Editions

And finally, the Oscars were handed out last night with all the usual pop, circumstance, stuffy self-importance, and controversy. If you’re interested in the winners, here’s where you can check them all out.

We’ll leave you with a look at the Blu-ray cover artwork for The Revenant and Room (with pre-order links)...

Mad Max: Fury Road (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray)    The Revenant (Blu-ray Disc)    Room (Blu-ray Disc)

And be sure to check back in here tomorrow afternoon for my thoughts on Warner’s new Max Mad: Fury Road in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

- Bill Hunt (@BillHuntBits)


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