Sony Pictures announce first Ultra HD Blu-rays for the UK
Sony Pictures announce their first slate of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles for the UK, all of which will arrive in stores on the 23rd of May.The first titles are The Amazing Spider-man 2, Chappie, Hancock, Pineapple Express, Salt and The Smurfs 2; which are the same films that were released on Ultra HD Blu-ray in the US last month. These first discs will offer full native 4K resolution because all the titles are either sourced from a 4K master taken from the original camera negative or based on the 4K digital intermediate created for the film's cinema release. The Ultra HD Blu-rays will also include High Dynamic Range (HDR), wider colour gamuts and immersive audio thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Atmos soundtracks.
Whilst these initial titles might not be awe-inspiring, Sony Pictures are to be congratulated for trying to deliver the best possible experience on Ultra HD Blu-ray from their very first releases. We have already seen the US discs of some of these films and can vouch for the superior audio and video they offer, especially The Amazing Spider-man 2, which was shot on 35mm film and simply looks stunning.
Let's also not forget that Sony Pictures has an extensive library of 4K content waiting to be released, including newer films and classic catalogue films restored from their original source materials. These titles include Captain Phillips, Men In Black, Ghostbusters, Bad Boys, The Da Vinci Code, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, Taxi Driver, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and many others. Now who isn't excited about the idea of Lawrence of Arabia on Ultra HD Blu-ray!
You can find out more about Ultra HD Blu-ray here.
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