Batman Vs. Superman is already available for pre-order in 4K UHD Blu-ray

by on April 2, 2016

Stephan Jukic – April 2, 2016

Just as we’d predicted when the first “limited” selections of 4K Blu-ray titles were announced for timed releases during the length of 2016, this product market has been growing in new directions with numerous further movie titles slowly emerging as they move from the big screen to the TV screen.

Now, even a movie that’s still in theaters, “Batman vs. Superman” is already getting pre-order availability for 4K UHD Blu-ray disc well in advance of its home theater release.

For those of you who don’t outright hate this new action adventure saga from the famous DC comic universe, this pending 4K Blu-ray release is pretty awesome news indeed, and even if the movie is as terrible as some critics have been claiming, there is at least the genuine pleasure of seeing some truly cutting edge CGI and action effects in full blown HDR with 4K ultra HD resolution to look forward to. Sort of a type of visual candy for the eyes, even if the story ends up sucking (disclaimer, this author hasn’t seen Batman vs. Superman quite yet).

It almost goes without saying that for now at least, deeper release details on the latest film in the Batman and Superman universe are rather thin on the ground but the title’s listing looks real enough and we can assume that it features the real cover art we’re going to see when the movie starts shipping out.

The Amazon cover appearance of Batman vs. Superman 4K Blu-ray edition

The Amazon cover appearance of Batman vs. Superman 4K Blu-ray edition

Furthermore, it seems that the Batman/Superman Blu-ray release will consist of a dual disc pack featuring the 4K UHD Blu-ray version and a conventional HD movie disc as well. This has been the format of current 4K BD releases and there’s no reason to think it will change soon.

Naturally, given the craze for genuinely superb high dynamic range technology, the new 4K disc version of the movie will include HDR, in accordance with the display capacities of most 4K TVs in 2016 and of all existing 4K Blu-ray disc player models. This means a much wider and more realistic range of contrast, superior color realism and enhanced brightness and darkness where necessary in movie scenes. “UHD Premium” 4K TVs for 2016 like the Samsung KS models (2016 SUHD TVs) or LG’s 2016 OLED G6 TVs will offer a particularly stunning way of watching this and other 2016 4K Blu-ray titles.

Finally, according to a bit of 4K release snooping from Forbes writer John Archer , the new Batman vs. Superman will likely be a 4K remaster of a 2K Digital Intermediate instead of coming from an original and native 4K master of the movie’s footage.

This isn’t as great as native 4K mastering going direct to disc but it is a lot better than the HD Blu-ray we’ve been used to for years.

So far, the pre-order version of this still theatrical release movie is listing on the website for a fairly reasonable $24.95 and does indeed consist of a “(Ultimate Edition Blu-ray + Theatrical Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack)”.

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  • Sam
    April 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

    From what I’ve heard from the first 2016 Vizio P-Series owners, 4k HDR streaming from Netflix and Vudu looks really really good when properly mastered. Given that the benefits of 2160p over 1080p aren’t that noticeable in most viewing situations, and adding HDR/WCG doesn’t significantly increase bandwidth requirements, I just find it hard to see most people springing for these UHD Blu-ray players.

    I typically watch 1.5 hours of Netflix/Prime/Google Play TV shows a weekday, with 2 movies a weekend. Of those movies, three are typically rentals from Google Play. If I’m buying a new TV, the main difference between say a ~$500 50″ Vizio E-Series and a ~$1,000 50″ P-Series is support for HDR/WCG (the new E-Series has 4K). So that’s $500 that I would have to spend either way. Built into the TV is Netflix and Vudu UHD. I would have to increase my monthly Netflix cost by $2 and my movie rental cost by $4*3 movies or $12, for a total of $14 a month for the privilege of experiencing 4K/HDR/WCG. When one is available, I’d have to add an around ~$100 streamer for Amazon Prime 4k/HDR/WCG.

    In order to add UHD Blu-ray, I’d have to buy a $400 player (then subtracting $100 from $400 since I’d make sure it doubles as a Prime UHD player). Then I’d have to spend $30 on each movie I see. That’s an additional $300 + (3 movies a month * $20 extra a movie over a Vudu rental * 12 months) or $720 a year additional after $1,020 in the first year.

    My point is that, while moving to UHD streaming costs $600 additional upfront plus $168 extra each year, moving to UHD Blu-ray costs $900 upfront plus $888 a year thereafter, while providing very marginal benefits. I can’t imagine the vast majority of people going that route. Perhaps cheaper UHD Blu-ray rentals will become available through say Redbox… but they’re already closing down locations. Using precious space for UHD Blu-ray, where most adopters are enthusiasts who likely prefer to collect rather than rent, doesn’t seem to be in the cards.


    • jbr
      April 4, 2016 at 5:47 am

      “benefits of 2160p over 1080p aren’t that noticeable”

      That’s what they said about VHS-DVD, DVD-720p, 720p-1080p……

      Just because it’s expensive or you can’t afford it doesn’t make it true and won’t magically make your collection of movies
      on outdated media at lower resolutions any less inferior to the latest technology.

      Unless you have a stupidly small screen or really poor eyesight, the different between 4K and 1080p is night and day
      hell, I can spot the 4K TV’s in a Bestbuy from 60′


  • ken thompson
    April 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    When are the studios going to quit beings so damn lazy and give us the real 4k treatment, not these up scaled 2 k treatments. Makes me not want to buy them


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