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Paramount announces first Ultra HD Blu-ray titles

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by Steve Withers Apr 5, 2016

  • Paramount Pictures finally announces their first Ultra HD Blu-ray titles and no prizes for guessing which ones.
    The studio will be releasing Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness on the new 4K disc format on the 14th of June in the US, no news on a UK date yet. The discs will probably be upscaled to 4K since both films were finished in 2K but they will include High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. The release of these discs is obviously timed to tie-in with the arrival of the third Star Trek film Star Trek Beyond in our cinemas this summer.

    In related Ultra HD Blu-ray news, Warner Bros. will be releasing Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Ultra HD Blu-ray in the summer; whilst Sony Pictures are releasing Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on Ultra HD Blu-ray on the 7th of June in the US. The latter releases are to tie in with the new all-female Ghostbusters movie that's also being released this summer. The new Ultra HD versions of the Ghostbusters films are based on 4K transfers taken from the original camera negative and include all-new Dolby Atmos soundtracks.

    So far Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Lionsgate and now Paramount Pictures have announced support for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. That leaves Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures as the only major studios that have yet to announce support; although there are rumours that Universal will be joining the UHD Blu-ray party soon. That only leaves Disney on the fence but hopefully the studio that owns Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm will get off it soon.

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