Disney is the only Hollywood studio who has yet to commit to the UHD Blu-ray fromat. That is likely to change in coming months, if we are to believe reports from The Digital Bits and TheHDRoom.
To launch with blockbuster title
Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount were quick to commit to the UHD Blu-ray format. Disney has been hesitant.
Disney’s hesitancy to commit has frustrated first movers who have invested in TVs and players to enjoy movies in the highest possible quality. Mostly because Disney sits on the rights to major franchises, including of course Star Wars.
Sources in the industry now claim to know that Disney’s first release on UHD Blu-ray is coming soon.
- "Finally, several of our retail sources are now reporting that they’ve been told to expect 4K title solicitations from Disney to begin, likely in the 3rd Quarter of this year, beginning with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2," a report from The Digital Bits said.
'Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2' will apparently by the first title from Disney. No details regarding Star Wars or Pixar productions were shared.
Disney was waiting for Dolby Vision
Several parties have claimed that at least part of the hold-up has been related to Dolby Vision. The studio has been waiting for Dolby Vision support to become “more widespread”.
- "Second, our own industry sources – including those from the various hardware manufacturers – have been telling us for a while that Disney was waiting to join 4K until Dolby Vision HDR support was more widespread in both 4K players and displays in the hands of consumers."
Online publication TheHDRoom backs up the information and says that the first disc could be ”in stores before summer officially wraps up”.
If the rumors are true, it would mean that Disney movies will soon be available at home in picture quality that can only be matched by the most advanced HDR-equipped Dolby Cinema theatres. It would also mean that all major Hollywood studios are backing the new disc format. And lastly, it would probably also mean that Disney’s movies are coming to streaming services in 4K HDR quality in the near future.