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Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases will arrive early next year

Lee Stewart
11-11-2015, 10:53 AM
Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases will arrive early next year

If you were hoping Ultra HD Blu-ray discs would be here in time for the holidays, you're going to have to wait a bit longer. Well, as far as Sony Pictures content is concerned anyway. The company announced today that its 4K Ultra HD discs will go on sale "in early 2016," missing the end-of-the-year estimate the Blu-ray Disc Association revealed back in August. When Sony's catalog does arrive, you can expect The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2 to be included in the first wave of releases. Newer movies like Fury and Captain Philips are in the works as well, and after being restored from the original film, the likes of Ghostbusters and The Fifth Element will make the leap to 4K, too.


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11-11-2015, 08:14 PM

Sounds like a boring selection of "tired" movies from Sony.

11-11-2015, 09:04 PM
The dozens of copies sold will be amazing.

Lee Stewart
11-17-2015, 03:22 AM
Just a footnote on these Sony releases for next year . . .

The HDR format Sony is using for these releases on UHD-BD will be HDR-10 which is the mandatory HDR format for UHD-BD (that are released in HDR/WCG) so all UHDTVs that are HDR capable will show them in HDR/WCG. Sony may in the future go to the optional Dolby Vision format as time goes by:


Lee Stewart
12-19-2015, 04:31 PM
What about the issue of HDR on these movies that Sony will release on UHD-BD? Are they going to "fake" it or will they really be in HDR/WCG?

The answer is . . . . . yes . . . . they will be in HDR/WCG. And here's how they will do it . . .

ALL 35/70mm negatives have a much higher dynamic range than what is eventually "dumbed down" to prints and shown in theaters or present on an Interpositive that was used to create a home video release. The color gamut for 35/70mm is 14bit - much higher than the 10bit that will be used for HDR on UHD-BD. All the studios have to do is rescan the negatives at a higher dynamic range and color gamut.

Digitally shot movies can also have higher dynamic range and color gamut than what was presented in theaters. A "digital negative" is called RAW. How many F-Stops (which determines the dynamic range) were used and what was the color gamut (usually 12bit).

Many discussions about UHD-BD center around the Digital Intermediate which most times is only 2K. This may be a misnomer. It really depends on what digital camera(s) were used. What is the resolution of the RAW data? Not what is the resolution of the DI. Previous to UHD-BD, the DI is used to make the transfer to BD. BD's resolution tops out at 2K. As I stated elsewhere, if the digital camera(s) are 4K or 5K than the RAW data will also be at 4/5K. So a 4K DI can be created. If the camera(s) are only 2K than the resolution will be upscaled to 4K and will not look as sharp as native 4K.

But any movie that has CGI in it - they are ALL done at 2K so they will have to be upscaled to 4K anyways.