UHD Blu-ray movies have been on sale in the US since late February, and this week marks the official sales start throughout Europe. More than 20 movies are available now and many more will be added in the coming months.
Sales start for UHD Blu-ray in Europe
Are you excited about UHD Blu-ray? Hollywood surely is and with UHD Blu-ray most major studios have started offering movies with next-level picture and audio quality.
The UHD Blu-ray format combines 4K resolution, HDR (high dynamic range) and a wide color to take the picture experience to the next level. The disc format also support object-based audio systems such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
Most Hollywood studios are backing the new disc format. Of the major studios only Universal and Disney have yet to commit. Rumors say that Universal will join the party in September with the release of Oblivion. Disney holds the rights to Star Wars but has yet to announce details.
So, at the moment you can buy movies from studios such as 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and very soon Paramount.
The first movies
Below is a list of some of the UHD Blu-ray releases that you can buy right now. The list is not exhaustive.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Hitman: Agent 47
Kingsman: The Secret Service
LEGO: The Movie
Life of Pi
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Maze Runner
X-Men: Days of Future
More titles will follow in the coming months. In May, The Revenant and Joy. In June, Deadpool and two Star Trek movies. Sony Pictures has also promised to release lots of catalog titles very soon.
The industry has said that it expects more than 100 movies to be available by year’s end.
Samsung’s UHD Blu-ray player is already available in the US but it has been slightly delayed in Europe. It will now ship in late April. This means that Panasonic’s player may in fact show up in Europe before Samsung’s. Panasonic is still expected to start shipping its UHD Blu-ray players in most European countries this week or the next.