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Sony unveils first UHD discs

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has announced the studio’s first releases in the next-generation Ultra-HD Disc format, which will arrive in early 2016.

“By some estimates, consumers will own over 100 million Ultra-HD television sets by 2019. Sony Pictures’ 4K Ultra-HD Discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home theatre experience, with stunning picture and sound quality,” said SPHE president, Man Jit Singh.

“Ten years ago this month, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment authored the world’s first feature film on Blu-ray Disc, and we continue to bring consumers the most innovative, immersive home entertainment experiences available,” he added.

SPHE’s first UHD releases will include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2, followed by a growing roster of titles including new release film and television content.

SPHE’s UHD Discs feature four times the resolution of HD and include high dynamic range (HDR), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colours and greater contrast on compatible displays. Many titles will also support next-generation immersive audio formats.

Sony Pictures has an extensive library of 4K content, including newer films and television shows, as well as classic catalogue films restored from original film elements, including Fury, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Men In Black, Ghostbusters, The Fifth Element, Bad Boys, The Da Vinci Code, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Leon: The Professional, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, Taxi Driver, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and many others.


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