First HDR10+ titles from Warner Bros and Universal

Dolby Vision and HDR10+

by Andy Bassett Jul 17, 2019 at 12:24 PM

  • August 27th will see the release of two recent blockbusters from two different studios. Apart from the release date, what ties them together is that both releases will be the first discs from the respective studios to feature the HDR10+ dynamic HDR format.
    Warner Bros will unleash Godzilla King of the Monsters and Universal will release The Secret Life of Pets 2 with support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic metadata HDR formats.

    When the announcements were made that both studios would look to support HDR10+ (back in 2018 for Warners and April 2019 for Universal) there was no real information on whether that support meant dropping the rival Dolby Vision format.

    All the major studios have previously announced support for Dolby Vision and it has been a feature of 4K Blu-ray releases for Warner Bros and Universal since 2017 - for season one of Westworld and the first two Despicable Me’s respectively.

    However, overall studio support for HDR10+ has been slower in coming and it’s taken Warners nearly 18 months to make good on their promise and one could assume that they were waiting to see what the rest of industry was planning while keeping their HDR10+ plans in a perpetual state of ‘to be confirmed.’ Universal was slightly speedier and have taken 3 months to make their plans clearer.

    The good news does seem to be that, for some titles from these two studios at least, both flavours of dynamic metadata HDR will be available. This is great news for consumers as it removes any confusion regarding which discs and formats they need to buy.

    Currently, there has been no official confirmation of what future Warner Bros releases might include HDR10+ but Universal has gone so far as to announce the Simon Pegg/Nick Frost Cornetto Trilogy coming on 10th September will also be a dual format HDR offering.

    Adding to the cinematic experience, both forms of dynamic metadata HDR optimise the image presented so that the viewing device is capable of showing the content within its capabilities. The benefit of dynamic HDR is that this is performed on a scene by scene basis rather than for the movie as a whole. This helps lower end TV sets or projectors with lower peak brightness provide the best possible HDR image as close as possible to what was intended to be seen.

    The latest 4K TVs from all the major manufacturers except Samsung support Dolby Vision while the 2019 models from Panasonic and Philips have also added support for HDR10+, effectively making them dual HDR TVs. Samsung still maintains its allegiance solely to HDR10+ which they developed with Panasonic and Amazon.

    Adding to the overall experience, both discs will supply a Dolby Atmos object based audio track.

    Let us know if you feel this is good news and about time? Are you able to play both formats yet? Do you prefer one over the other?

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