Sony Reveals Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range Blu-Ray Titles

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) today announced the studio's first releases in the next-generation 4K Ultra HD™ Disc format, which will arrive in early 2016.

Singh noted that the announcement comes exactly 10 years after SPHE authored the world's first feature film on Blu-ray Disc. "Networks struggle to provide the real deal, whereas the disc has the capacity to do it. So I expect people upgrading to 4K will be looking to Blu-ray as a way to get more content".

Some of the film titles to be released might also support immersive audio formats which is a next generation capability.

With 4K Ultra HD discs, the viewer enjoys four times the resolution of normal HD and the high dynamic range (HDR), and this is what powers quality highlights, attractive colors, great contrast and others on displays that are compatible with the feature. The catalog includes titles such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Men In Black, Lawrence Of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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The members of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the multi-industry video entertainment promotions body charged with advocating new entertainment platforms, said Tuesday that it has developed new artwork and other design elements for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray content packaging.

The DEG said it is also working with a number of other platforms and service providers, including Amazon, Comcast, DirecTV, Google Play, and Kaleidescape, to promote 4K Ultra HD. Meanwhile, the DEG reported there are more than 96 million HDTV United States households, and around 80 million households own Blu-ray Disc playback devices.

The new Blu-ray "Elite" package, DEG said, conforms to retail display requirements and features a carbonized black color with metallic silver text and logo.

Either way, we can say for sure that the discs will miss the year-end 4K Blu-ray release date that had originally been forecast by the Blu-ray Disc Association itself all the way back in August of 2015, and almost needless to say, the new discs will also miss the massive year-end holiday shopping frenzies of 2015.

The design will "drive more rapid adoption of the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format as well as create greater overall consistency in merchandising and messaging", the group said.


According to IHS DisplaySearch, sales of 4K UHD TVs are expected to reach 100 million units by year 2019.