To keep up with competitors like Paramount and Lionsgate, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) will begin releasing movies in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this summer. According to Variety, Jason Bourne, Lucy, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Warcraft, Everestand Sole survivor will be one of the first titles to hit the shelves.
UPHE will gradually roll out titles as the summer progresses, but launch date and pricing details have yet to be revealed. The company plans to make titles available in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and digital formats, and it will also include some IMAX movies.
“4K Ultra HD represents a quantum leap in movie viewing,” said UPHE President Eddie Cunningham. Variety. “The format’s stunning resolution and peak clarity, coupled with its extensive industry support, enables us to provide consumers with a truly differentiated viewing experience, one that enables the future of home entertainment.”
Other studios have started releasing their own movies in 4K. Lionsgate rolled out titles including Sicario and The last witch hunter in early March, just as Samsung started selling its 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players. Paramount recently made headlines when it announced that the first two titles from its library would be released in 4K Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. While UPHE hasn’t said how much its 4K discs will cost, Paramount has set a suggested retail price of $47.99 for each three-disc UHD/Blu-ray/Digital HD combo pack. While it’s promising to see more movie companies embrace 4K, customers will want a 4K Blu-ray disc player and a 4K television to take advantage of this.