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4K resolution Blu-ray movies to be released by Universal Pictures

By Bryan Chan & Liu Hongzuo - on 21 Apr 2016, 2:53pm

4K resolution Blu-ray movies to be released by Universal Pictures

Warcraft will be one of the first movies to be available 4K resolution on Blu-ray. Image credit: Universal Pictures.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing movies in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs by this summer (mid-2016). According to entertainment news magazine Variety, the first titles to adopt this format are 'Jason Bourne', 'The Huntsman: Winter’s War', 'Warcraft', 'Everest', 'Lucy', and 'Lone Survivor'.

More titles will be rolled out progressively in the U.S. this summer, but actual dates and pricing details have not been unveiled. Universal Pictures also plans to include IMAX films into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray formats as well.

Other film studios such as Warner Bros., Fox, and Paramount have also been putting their foot forward in bringing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. For instance, Paramount’s combo-packs for 'Star Trek' and 'Star Trek: Into the Darkness' (each contains three discs, in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD formats) retails at US$47.99 (~RM186) per pack. Warner Bros. launched their 4K Blu-ray efforts by leading the pack with 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'The Lego Movie', while promising 'Pacific Rim' at a later date.

If anything, this means it’s almost the time to pick up a Ultra HD resolution Blu-ray disc player.

Source: Variety, via Ars Technica