Amazon’s selection of 4K HDR UHD Blu-ray movies already surpasses 100 titles
Stephan Jukic – November 1st, 2016
A little under a year since they first went on sale in March of 2016, 4K UHD Blu-ray discs have become one of the pillars of 4K home entertainment content as it stands today. Not only does the current selection of titles offer some of the most diverse and rich content for the 4K high dynamic range TVs that have started becoming dominant in 2016, today’s growing selection of UHD BD titles is a fundamental source of 4K entertainment for owners of ultra HD TVs who don’t have enough internet connectivity to stream 4K content from major service providers like Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Now, what started as a very small selection of movies and other entertainment types has grown to encompass more than 100 different titles from several major providers, all sold on Amazon.com and its international sister sites and all playable without regional formatting blocks like those which applied to the old HD Blu-ray format and DVDs. This means that 4K TV owners in even the most high-speed internet unfriendly regions of the world can at least enjoy the Blu-ray HDR experience in its entirety (assuming they own a 4K TV and preferably one with HDR display) as a fundamental source of native 4K content for their powerful new TVs.
What’s most interesting about the current Amazon listings of more than 100 different titles sold by the site is that it already surpasses the quantity predictions many tech watchers and even the producers of 4K content themselves made when these discs first came out near the beginning of 2016. Best of all, the release of further new content has no reason to slow down any time soon as new release movie titles from participating studios keep emerging to home media in this format.
When the first Blu-ray discs went on sale as of March 1st, 2016, they were being produced and released by only four studios, which consisted of Sony Pictures, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox. The total listing of titles between these four major studios amounted to some 24 titles that went on sale as of March of this year or shortly thereafter.
Right from their original release date, all 4K Blu-ray discs and the few currently existing 4K UHD Blu-ray players were formatted and mastered to include support for HDR10 high dynamic range specs as a mandatory feature and the arguably superior Dolby Vision HDR standard was also included as an increasingly common optional spec for broader HDR compatibility and future-proofing. This alone meant that whatever titles emerge in 2016 would offer a guaranteed source of native HDR content for those users who also buy some of the newer HDR TVs that have gone on sale pretty much in tandem with the rise of 4K Blu-ray discs.
Now, the number of studios releasing these discs has grown to also include Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios while the total selection of titles has expanded more than four-fold from the first 24 movies of early 2016. As this link to Amazon.com’s total listing of all available 4K Blu-ray disc selections currently being available for order or pre-order shows, you as a consumer have plenty of content to choose from, and if you happen to have a 2016 HDR TV, the Blu-ray format and its HDR10 support are one seriously rich resource for seeing just how stunning native 4K and high dynamic range can make a movie look.
On the playback side, the selection of 4K UHD Blu-ray media players still remians small and the dvices themselves are still not cheap, with all models available from Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, Oppo and Microsoft in the form of its Xbox One S costing over $300 but this is expected to change by 2017.
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