Paramount’s first 4K ultra HD Blu-ray titles will be the two new Star Trek movies in a combo pack
Stephan Jukic – April 05, 2016
After lagging behind rivals Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Paramount is finally moving ahead with its own 4K Blu-ray title releases, starting with 2009’s Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness from 2014.
The two new movies will go on sale as of June the 14th in time for the 50th anniversary of the original airing of the now iconic Star Trek TV series, which first aired with Captain Kirk and Spock on NBC in the 1960’s. Both of the new movies will be sold in combo backs featuring three different discs packaged as a UHD/Blu-ray/Digital HD combo pack. The Star Trek Bundle will also include three hours of behind-the-scenes content while the Into Darkness package will come with what Paramount is calling two hours of “special features” content, along with an IMAX version of the movie as well.
Overall these packages for both movies do sound enticing indeed but there is the simple fact that they’re certainly not cheap, being sold for $47.99 for each movie bundle. This is quite a steep price when you consider that it’s already possible to go on Amazon.com and for just $15, buy both of these movies in a multi-format Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo which only excludes the 4K ultra HD versions. In other words, Paramount is squeezing as many pennies as it can form the extra pixels of 4K in its first Blu-ray release in the resolution.
Of course, the company also isn’t alone in doing this among the major electronics producing studios. Sony’s new streaming service “Ultra” is going to start offering 4K UHD movies from its library only for individual purchase and only at a fairly steep $30 per film. And that’s definitely not cheap for a piece of non-physical streamed content, especially when compared to the much more reasonable 4K content pricing packages of Netflix or Amazon Prime.
In any case, the new Paramount release represents one more stone in the growing pile of 4K content choices on offer to consumers who own these powerful and steadily more popular new TVs.
Furthermore, those who buy the new 4K Blu-ray Star Trek movies from the company not only get their hands on the rich sharpness of ultra HD content but also get to enjoy the crisp vibrancy of high dynamic range and enhanced color, especially if they own a newer model 4K HDR TV with which to watch the new movie releases. The new Star Trek titles will also feature Dolby Atmos sound for compatible 4K TVs.
The 4K UHD Blu-ray disc ecosystem is growing rapidly and currently dozens of titles are already on sale from several studios while three electronics manufacturers have released or are on the verge of releasing 4K UHD Blu-ray players. These media devices, made by Panasonic, Samsung and Philips go for just under $400 a pop and come with HDR-compatibility, internal upscaling and the ability to also play other disc formats.
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