Warner Sending Oscar Voters 'Dunkirk' 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Screener9 Oct, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Warner Bros. reportedly is sending voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc screeners of Christopher Nolan’s World War II theatrical epic Dunkirk.
This is the first time a studio has sent Oscar voters the new high-definition format Blu-ray Disc with high dynamic range, according to , which first reported the move.
Studios have been sending DVD screeners for years. And last year, the Academy tested digital screeners — a format reportedly undermined during this year’s SAG Awards nominations when select movies were delayed by a third-party technical snafu.
Warner pushed the envelope in 2008, sending for the first time Blu-ray screeners to voters for Nolan’s last Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
This time, the studio — in an email — asked voters whether they have the requisite 4KTV and 4K Blu-ray player to screen a 4K Blu-ray movie in “a high-quality experience that allows you to view the sharpest picture, richest color and most dynamic contrast” in the home.
Dunkirk, which chronicles Allied efforts in 1940 to rescue 330,000 British troops stranded on the French beach ahead of rapidly approaching German soldiers, has generated more than $520 million at the global box office — in addition to critical acclaim.
The movie in July scored packed official Academy screenings at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles. It was also shown at select Imax screens at National Parks.