The first Ultra HD Blu-ray movies revealed

Like the sound of Blu-ray in proper 4K? There are plenty of big-name blockbusters on the way for you to watch…

04 Feb 2016

Like the sound of Blu-ray in proper 4K? There are plenty of big-name blockbusters on the way for you to watch…

We’ve already heard that Ultra HD Blu-ray is coming our way, bringing the superb picture quality of Blu-ray into the 4K age and giving you yet another reason to upgrade your TV. 

But what can you actually watch on your Ultra HD Blu-ray player? Some of the biggest movie studios like Warner Bros, Sony and 20th Century Fox have announced the titles they’ll be bringing out in super-sharp 4K. 

Here we tell you about the films you can look forward to seeing, as well as how to watch them. 


Ultra HD Blu-ray – 4K films at their best 

If you want to watch 4K movies in the best possible quality, Ultra HD Blu-ray is the way to go. 

That’s because Ultra HD Blu-ray players have 4 times the resolution of regular Full HD ones – giving you a better picture, more vibrant colours and greater contrast.

On some high-end 4K UHD TVs, you’ll also benefit from High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut – for sharper contrast and a wider range of colours.

UHD Blu-ray films come on special UHD Blu-ray discs. These give you a much better picture quality than streaming in 4K as they’re able to deliver more data at a time – without the restriction of internet bandwidth that can compress movies.

You’ll need an Ultra HD Blu-ray player to watch the films on, as well as a 4K UHD TV. Panasonic, Samsung and Philips all showcased UHD players at CES 2016, and Samsung’s model is available to pre-order now.


New movies from Warner Bros, Sony and Fox

UHD Blu-ray has been making headlines for a while, and now it’s becoming a reality with a greater choice of films to watch.

One of the film studios to get behind UHD in a big way is Warner Bros. By the end of 2016, it’s promised to release 35 movies in 4K Blu-ray format.

We know the first wave set to get a 4K reboot – including the post-apocalyptic Mad Max: Fury Road and action movie San Andreas, as well as family favourites like The Lego Movie and remake of the classic fantasy story, Pan.

There are more films for release throughout the year, too, including Superman reboot, Man of Steel, and sci-fi thriller Pacific Rim.

And soon you’ll be able to get hold of new release titles on UHD Blu-ray on the same day they come out in regular Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

Warner Bros isn’t the only studio to get behind the Blu-Ray revolution. Other film studios set to release films in 4K include:

  • Sony – one of the first to announce its UHD offering, with blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Hancock, Chappie, The Smurfs 2 and Pineapple Express
  • 20th Century Fox – the studio has teamed up with Samsung to bring you Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Life of Pi, Exodus: Gods & Kings and Fantastic Four mastered in 4K
  • Shout Factory – watch stunning Imax titles like Journey to Space, Rocky Mountain Express, Wonders of the Arctic and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea in full UHD glory

As well as an enhanced picture, with the new 4K discs you’ll also get to experience high-quality Dolby sound. Universal Studios, Sony, MGM have all said they’ll be featuring the audio on their Blu-ray offering.


Does UHD Blu-ray stand up to the test?

As real movie buffs and tech lovers, we were keen to see how Ultra HD Blu-ray looked in real life.

And we got our chance at the CES 2016 tech show in Las Vegas in January. We watched Mad Max: Fury Road on an Ultra HD Blu-ray player at the Panasonic booth.

We were really impressed with the visual upgrade over regular Blu-ray – crisp, vibrant and with all the detail you could possibly want.

There was a clear step up in terms of quality, and it felt a bit like the difference between watching a film at the cinema and watching it at the IMAX.

If you’re serious about movies in 4K, this is the way to watch.

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