Initial Slate of Warner Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles Announced29 Dec, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Dec. 29 unveiled its first Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc titles to be released at retail next year.
The first movies will be Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan — all showcased in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). 4K resolution claims to be four-times sharper, brighter and more colorful than 1080p.
Release dates and price points were not disclosed.
Mad Max and San Andreas sold 1.7 million and 1.2 million combined DVD/Blu-ray units, respectively, since their packaged-media releases earlier this year, according to The-Numbers.com. The Lego Movie sold in excess of 4.8 million DVD and Blu-ray units in 2014 for more than $105 million. Pan was released at retail Dec. 22.
Warner, which earlier this year bowed 4K digital titles on Walmart’s Vudu.com, said all 2016 theatrical releases available day and date with their home entertainment release, as well as a selection of catalog titles, including Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, will be available in Ultra HD Blu-ray.
By the end of 2016, Warner will have more than 35 titles available on Ultra HD Blu-ray. To complement the disc releases, Warner will also expand the titles available on 4K Ultra HD with HDR via digital retailers. Dolby Atmos will also be included on select titles.
“Ultra HD with HDR is the next, and most exciting, advancement in home entertainment, and with the anticipated proliferation of Ultra HD televisions in the coming years, our Ultra HD Blu-ray product offerings will truly complement the stunning capabilities of this new generation of home entertainment hardware,” Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. worldwide home entertainment distribution, said in a statement.