Sony launching “Concussion”, with Will Smith as their first 4K UHD Blu-ray new-release feature film
Stephan Jukic – February 19, 2016
In addition to a number of older titles like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is also launching their first ever 4K UHD Blu-ray version of a new release feature film with the March 29th release of the recently theatrically released movie Concussion, starring Will Smith. The more regular line of 4K Blu-ray titles from Sony will on the other hand be released to buyers as of March 1.
We don’t yet have pricing details for the new release Concussion title but the retail price of pre-orders of other Sony 4K titles has been listed at $35.99 with a purchase from Sony itself in a bundle package that includes a 1080p HD version and 4K Blu-ray disc together. However, Amazon has been selling the same sorts of bundles for $24.99 and we also know that Best Buy’s newly released in-store copies of assorted 4K Blu-ray movies are going for $27.99 as individual titles.
In other words the prices for newly arriving 4K Blu-ray discs are on the steep side but not exorbitantly expensive. All of these new titles, from Sony Pictures and others, are available with High Dynamic Range, though viewers who want to enjoy this extra visual benefit will need a 4K TV that supports the technology, like one of Samsung’s SUHD 4K models or a Sony Bravia TV like the X850C.
The Concussion disc from Sony also includes Dolby TrueHD 7.1 with Dolby Atmos technology and the movies will also be available as a streaming 4K titles as of March 15th, though we can be almost sure that the quality of the HDR/4K resolution combo in the physical 4K Blu-ray copy will be superior, since streamed 4K movies often go through heavier compression before bein electronically delivered to viewers’ TVs.
A number of other major studios, including Lionsgate, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and possibly others down the road are also releasing new 4K Blu-ray titles in 2016. These movies are scheduled for release in tandem with the retail availability of new 4K Blu-ray players from Samsung, Panasonic and Philips, and some movie discs have already started to go on sale in Best Buy locations, ahead of their original release schedule and shortly after the early release of Samsung’s particular 4K Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500. The recommended retail price ranges for the new 4K BD titles are between $22.99 and a rather pricey $42.99 depending on movie and seller.
Based at least on what we’ve heard so far, we can expect roughly 100 new 4K Blu-ray movie titles to hit the shelves and digital retail catalogues in 2016. This number will almost certainly grow further still by the end of 2016 and new 4K Blu-ray players might also hit the market if the new format takes off in popularity.
As for the movie Concussion, it’s based on the true story of a forensic neurologist (played by Will Smith) who diagnoses a new type of brain disorder and its connection to head injuries suffered by professional football players.
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