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Ralph Fiennes Suits Up in First Teaser for THE KING'S MAN
The origin of the spy organization will be revealed in February.
Angelina Jolie Battles Michelle Pfeiffer in New MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL Trailer
Angelina Jolie returns as the title character in Disney's upcoming sequel.
A Warrior Is Born in First Teaser for Disney's MULAN
The legendary warrior will return to theaters in Spring 2020.
New Featurette Offers Behind the Scenes Look at Disney's THE LION KING
The king will return to theaters later this month.
Daniel Craig Is on the Case in First Trailer for Rian Johnson's Murder Mystery KNIVES OUT
The latest film from the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit theaters in November.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: TOLKIEN, LONG SHOT, and More
Dome Karukoski's biobpic about Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien headlines our latest roundup of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
Final HOBBS & SHAW Trailer Teases Lots of Fast & Furious Action
The Fast & Furious spin-off flick will hit theaters in August.
Check Out a Behind The Scenes Look at the Epic MOUSE GUARD Movie We'll Never Get to See
Test footage from the now canceled film has been revealed.
Elizabeth Banks Assembles a New Team in First CHARLIE'S ANGELS Trailer
A new big-screen version of the series will hit theaters in November.
FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON Announced for Blu-ray
The critically-acclaimed miniseries has been remastered and will be released on Blu-ray this July!
MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS: 50th Anniversary Edition Headed for Blu-ray
All 45 episodes of the classic British comedy series have been restored and are heading to Blu-ray!
THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA Announced for Blu-ray
The horror flick will haunt audiences on Blu-ray in August.
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: Criterion September 2019 Titles
Films directed by Charlie Chaplin, Ernst Lubitsch, John Waters, and more are all in the works for Blu-ray.
The Story of Stephen King's THE SHINING Continues in First DOCTOR SLEEP Trailer
"I don't know about magic. I... I always called it the shining."
Calculating High-Def Digest's "Overall Score" (A Small Change)

A lot has changed since High-Def Digest started reviewing movies in 2006. We've changed with the times, naturally, but remain focused on sharing our subjective movie opinions as well as our objective analysis of video presentations, audio mixes, and bonus materials. Back in the halcyon days of DVD and physical media, multi-disc boxed sets with hours of special features were much more common. Here in 2019, most studios release a handful of featurettes, a few trailers, and maybe an audio commentary or two. The best releases still have in-depth documentaries, but they're pretty rare. 

What does this have to do with review scoring, you might ask?

Before today, we calculated our Overall Score by giving equal weight to Story, Video, Audio, and Special Features. But, in an era where Special Features are less common, or non-existent, it feels like Special Features carry too much weight. It's not like you're going to skip buying a great movie with demo-worthy audio-video because the bonus featurettes are on the light side, right?

As such, we plan to treat Special Features a bit like extra credit. To be clear, we're still going to grade the Special Features and let you know if they're good, bad, or somewhere in between. As fellow movie collectors, we understand how a fantastic set of bonus materials can be a value-add, or make a re-release worthy of a double-dip. (Longtime readers may recall our old HD Exclusives section, which was created to cover Blu-ray special features not on the DVD. That section was also treated like extra credit.)

So here's how our system works, starting today:

We now calculate our Overall Score by averaging Story, Video, and Audio. 

BUT if the Special Features are --

  • Lackluster, we knock said Overall Score down by 0.5 stars
  • Good, we leave said Overall Score unchanged
  • Amazing, we bump said Overall Score up by a 0.5 stars

Admittedly, this is more subjective than what we've been doing, but based on a few experiments, this adjustment should course-correct scenarios where Special Features tank the Overall Score of otherwise worthy 4K, 3D, & HD releases. Ultimately, the goal is to make our Overall Score reflect whether or not you should buy a disc or digital download. And we hope this quick note lets you into our process, explaining how we work and why this choice was made.

Thanks so much for your time and readership!

Coming Soon to Blu-ray: GOOD OMENS, THE FLASH, and More
Angels, demons, superheroes, and more are all coming to Blu-ray.
Anna & Elsa Journey Into the Unknown in Enchanting New FROZEN 2 Trailer
Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will return to theaters in November.
The Jangly Man Arrives in Terrifying New SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK Trailer
"The Jangly Man is coming."
Coming Soon to Blu-ray: THE BEACH BUM, LITTLE, and More
Harmony Korine's stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey headlines our latest roundup of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
Sylvester Stallone Is out for Vengeance in RAMBO: LAST BLOOD Teaser
"I want them to know that death is coming, and there's nothing they can do to stop it."

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