Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Sony all offering movies in time for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch in 2016

by on December 31, 2015

Stephan Jukic – December 31, 2015

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment is definitely getting behind the new 4K UHD Blu-ray format in 2016, with the release of more than 35 different titles planned so far for the next year.

Warner plans on starting off their support of the early 2016 launch of 4K ultra HD Blu-ray players with the release of four newly remastered 4K UHD movie titles and the company will then expand their selection from there to more than 35 other titles throughout the upcoming year.

The company, Warner, is joining Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in their pledge of entertainment product and technological support for the new 4K Blu-ray format.

The four initial titles that will be released by Warner consist of “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “San Andreas”, “The Lego Movie” and “Pan”. Furthermore, all of these titles will also come with HDR support for the new high dynamic range format that’s one of the pillars of next generation 4K UHD video content.

“Following quickly” according to Warner, there will also be releases of theatrical new release titles, which will be released on the same days and dates in both Blu-ray 4K and DVD versions. And these will be accompanied by catalog movie titles throughout 2016, which include films like “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim”.

Warner has also claimed that it will expand the selection of 4K titles with HDR support through digital retailers. Some of these titles will also include Dolby Atmos soundtracks as part of their new technology.

At the same time as the 4K Blu-ray disc releases, new 4K Blu-ray players from Sony and Samsung will be hitting the market

At the same time as the 4K Blu-ray disc releases, new 4K Blu-ray players from Sony and Samsung will be hitting the market

According to Ron Sanders, president of Warner Brothers Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution, his company is “fully committed to releasing a wide range of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, including both new release titles and offerings from our vast catalog”.

In addition to Warner Bros upcoming releases, the very first Sony Pictures Home Entertainment versions of assorted movie titles will also be hitting the shelves in the new 4K UHD Blu-ray format in early 2016. These too will include HDR support and object based surround sound.

The first releases planned by Sony include “The Amazing Spider-man 2”, “Salt”, “Hancock”, “Chappie”, “ The Smurfs 2” and “Pineapple Express”.

Finally, we also have the case of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, which is planning on releasing reissues of a number of their more popular recent films in 4K ultra HD on the same day as the release of 4K Blu-ray players and discs.

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  • MrSatyre
    December 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Who are the people in charge of these terrible, horrendous, laughable choices? These studios have thousands of hours of 4K and 8K archives and they choose to release these???


    • Randy bond
      January 1, 2016 at 10:14 am

      The B or C list of movie offerings.

      Seeing a bad to mediocre movie in 4K or HDR doesn’t change that it’s a bad or mediocre movie…


    • Stephen
      January 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      In some ways I would have to agree with the sentiment that the movies selected aren’t necessarily the best choices, considering how much 4K content these studios have tucked away. However, The key criteria for the selections were seeing from these studios is mass audience appeal. In other words. they seem to be picking movies with a sure-fire sales value across the widest possible spectrum. Give it a bit more in 2016 and we’ll likely see some great and more diverse older and newer movies emerge in 4K on Blu-ray.


  • CosmoNut
    December 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Lego Movie” were very popular and are nothing to scoff at. Looks like Warner’s executives have a better grasp on how to kick things off with a bang … unlike Sony.


  • DirtyCache
    December 31, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I agree…I often wonder when it comes to these new formats. Who makes these horrible choices when it comes to promoting a new player and format? I am now further turned away from investing in this technology at the moment due to content…how about a good action filled movie with superior CGI or incredible aerial shots to “blow us away”? Something that took the box office by storm and thus can be considered as a movie that the majority of fans would want to purchase/invest in for, in some cases, the fourth or fifth time.


  • jones
    January 1, 2016 at 3:49 am

    where’s paramount, evil dead (2013) aliens terminator genisys resident evil Halloween (rob zombie) startrship troopers, yeah not really interested in anything that’s been announced so far so ill hold off until something interests me.


  • MyBorDy
    January 1, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    WHY in the world they DO NOT release “2001” on 4K and they do release these awful movies? Why this hate and belligerence against classic and old movies?


  • Steven Friedrich
    January 2, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I bought an early “4K blu-ray player (Sony) and a Samsung 4K monitor and a couple “mastered in 4K” movies, only to discover that these movies aren’t in 4K RESOLUTION, just 4K color space. No word on whether Sony can upgrade my firmware in the player to support the 4K blu-ray format coming soon.
    I feel ripped off.


  • JV
    January 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Sony should have had Lawrence of Arabia as their lead off title for the format. Having said that if they lead with it and botched it there would have been pitchforks and torches out front of SHE headquarters.


  • MonteCarloMan
    May 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I went ahead and purchased the new Samsung UHD 4k player.The 4K player with a second audio output HDMI is perfect. You get all the True Dolby HD, Dolby Atmos etc.I purchased 2 new titles with it and I have to say that the sound and picture are definitely an upgrade from 1080P. They may not be the best choices or the coolest movies but the do give you a taste of things to come. Just keep in mind when buying a 4k tv that HDR and SUHD are different. HDR enhances the picture more than SUHD. Before you buy do some research on your tv choies. My tv is the SUHD which i purchased before i knew the difference, but I’m still really impressed and I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to more to come. Hey look im just your average Joe who loves his electronics. Don’t take my word as gospel. I hope this at least helps some future 4K owners.


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