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Warner Bros, Universal reveal their first HDR10+ UHD Blu-ray discs

17 Jul 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

Warner Bros and Universal have revealed their first UHD Blu-ray releases in HDR10+ format. The discs will also include HDR10 and Dolby Vision versions, according to Forbes.

Multi-HDR discs

In January 2018, Warner Bros committed to releasing movies in HDR10+, in addition to Dolby Vision. One and a half year later, Warner Bros has confirmed that its first title in HDR10+ will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters that will be released on UHD Blu-ray on August 27, 2019, three weeks after its online release.

The UHD Blu-ray disc of Godzilla: King of the Monsters will also include versions in HDR10 and Dolby Vision, making it one of the few multi-HDR releases out there.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Universal joined the HDR10+ initiative more recently in April 2019. At that time, the studio promised to cover "a wide selection of new release and catalog fare". Universal's first title in HDR10+ will be Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2 that will be released on August 27, 2019, two weeks after its online release. This is another multi-HDR release carrying HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision versions.

It would appear that Universal's Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End, to be released in September 2019, will also be available in both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.

20th Century Fox, Amazon, Lionsgate, Universal, and Warner Bros have either released or announced titles in HDR10+ (as well as Dolby Vision), while Disney, Netflix, Sony Pictures, and Paramount are sticking exclusively to Dolby Vision as their premium HDR format of choice.

Also read: HDR10 Plus: Building momentum or falling apart?

So what is next for the HDR10+ format? Warner Bros says that it has converted more or less its entire 4K HDR catalog to HDR10+. Some of these titles will be available in HDR10+ on UHD Blu-ray while others will most likely remain exclusive to online services. Universal will use HDR10+ on physical and digital titles, the company said in April 2019.

- Source: Forbes (1, 2)

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