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Sony to release its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies with HDR and next-gen audio in early 2016

by on November 10, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – November 10, 2015

For those of use who’ve been waiting to see the much anticipated new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs come out in time for the 2015 Christmas Holidays, it’s getting ever more likely that a bit of disappointment and some more waiting are both in order.

However, at least early 2016 is looking like a sure-fire time-frame for the arrival of 4K Blu-ray in all its glory and the latest news from Sony Pictures seems to bear out this belief. Why? Because Sony has announced that their new 4K ultra HD Blu-ray discs will be going on sale as of “early 2016”, which could be any time within a space of at least three months following January 1st.

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.

When the new Sony catalog of movies and other content does hit consumers eyes, we can almost certainly expect to see titles like “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, “Hancock”, “Chappie”, “Pineapple Express” and kid-friendly titles like “Smurfs 2” to be included as some of the earlier releases in Blu-rays new 4K UHD disc format.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will be just one of the first wave Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles released

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will be just one of the first wave Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles released

Other movies will almost certainly follow in droves and some other early releases will probably include “Fury”, “Captain Philips” and even older titles like “Ghostbusters”, “The Fifth Element” and others.

What’s even more interesting about the new 4K Blu-ray releases that we can expect from Sony and about even the first waves of 4K UHD Blu-ray players themselves is the fact that all are going to come with true next generation 4K ultra HD content that includes high dynamic range and a new type of immersive audio formatting that’s also being called “next-gen” by Sony.

In other words, the content delivered by these new 4K ultra HD Blu-ray discs to the right kinds of compatible 4K TVs via new generations of 4K Blu-ray players should look downright spectacular.

Unfortunately, we still have no specific release dates for any of these cool new entertainment options, even if they give more potentially powerful reason to buy a 4K Ultra HD TV during the holiday season.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Joel
    December 22, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Very excited to purchase a 4k Blu ray player and I’m very excited to upgrade my auido sound system to the new high dynamic range.I believe the movies will cost 30$ a pop.Well I guess next spring I will be hunting for a 4k tv!

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    • Corrector
      January 2, 2016 at 5:23 am

      HDR is the range of colors, nothing to do with the sound. HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE
      A 4k blu ray player just passes standard signal and applies its own processing, a decent 4k tv does a better job, they are a gimmick.

      When the new Discs launch you will need either an entirely different 4k player (not rhe 4k upscalling normal blu ray player on the market now) or any existing blu ray player will play them.

      Nobody knows yet.

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  • Brian
    January 4, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Does anyone know if the new 4k blu ray players will have an 2160p as an option to watch a regular bluray movie? In other words, will it enhance a regular bluray movie?

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  • Roger
    January 15, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Will i be able to play a 4K blu ray disc on a 4K blu ray player connected to a 4K TV that is NOT HDR compliant?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Hello Roger, to all of our knowledge yes you should be able to do so and the only major issue should be that you won’t be able to see the HDR enhancements on your non-HDR 4K TV. However, most 4K TVs with HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, HEVC and possibly VP9 should be able to use the new 4K Blu-ray players.

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