Best Buy now selling 4K Blu-ray discs in-store, a couple weeks ahead of schedule
Stephan Jukic – February 17, 2016
Despite an official release date that’s in March of 2016, Best Buy, one of the largest electronics retailers in the U.S, has already started selling the new Blu-ray disc format movies, or at least the few titles that are currently slated for availability.
In other words, those of you who spent your money on several pre-orders of these new discs from Amazon.com or another online source and already have one of Samsung’s 4K UHD Blu-ray players (which were also released early) in your home, you might not feel too happy about the pointless delay you’ll now have to go through for the titles you’ve already bought.
For the rest of you, now is your basically immediate chance to see what native 4K Blu-ray really looks like on your home entertainment system, provided you own a Samsung 4K Blu-ray player, the only model already on sale here and there, and a 4K TV of course, preferably with HDR as well.
Titles seen by CNET reporters in Best Buy included movies such as Chappie, The Martian, Fantastic Four, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and The Maze Runner. All of the movies come with HDR labels proudly pasted onto them and are, as far as we know, selling for $27.99 apiece. The CNET reporting on the new 4K Blu-ray titles was done at the 14th St Manhattan Best Buy outlet but it likely applies to at least a number of other major stores throughout the country. Thus, if you’re near a Best Buy, go ahead and take a peek if you’d like to have an early start on the ultra HD Blu-ray with HDR experience.
What was also interesting about these titles involved their pricing. Instead of retailing for a higher cost than that of their 1080p HD cousins, the 4K titles were all selling for about $2 less, possibly in an effort to make them more attractive in an expectation of lower demand.
In any case, users who want to enjoy these movies at their fullest capacity can do so with one of Philip’s Panasonic’s or Samsung’s 4K Blu-ray players, with only the Samsung UBD-K8500 model currently on sale for $399 from select retailers, including Best Buy.
In the coming months of 2016, at least 100 new 4K Blu-ray titles are expected to hit shelves from several different major studios, including Warner Bros, Fox, Sony Studios and Lionsgate Films. We’d be willing to bet that this selection will expand still further if demand for the 4K Blu-ray format takes off down the road.
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