9:30am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Sony Reveals Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range Blu-Ray Titles
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has revealed its first batch of titles for the emerging Ultra HD Blu-Ray format. Scheduled for availability in early 2016 from Sony are titles including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express and The Smurfs 2.
To view titles in the new Ultra HD Blu-Ray format -- whose spec was agreed upon by the Blu-Ray Disc Association earlier this year -- consumers will need an Ultra HD Blu-Ray player (expected to roll out later this year from multiple consumer electronics manufacturers) and an Ultra HDTV.
The spec supports 4K resolution, which is four times that of high definition. And, high dynamic range is an option afforded by the format; this first batch of Sony titles will support an open, non-proprietary HDR spec and can be viewed with an HDR-supported TV. Many of the Sony titles will also offer the option of immersive audio, the company said.
On the anticipated size of the UHD market, SPHE president Man Jit Singh said: “By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra HD television sets by 2019."
Additional Sony 4K catalog titles might later find their way to Ultra HD Blu-Ray. The catalog includes titles such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Men In Black, Lawrence Of Arabia and The Bridge on the River Kwai.