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Warner To Support 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Launch

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment will support the early 2016 launch of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players with four movie titles and will expand the selection to more than 35 titles by the end of 2016.

Warner Brothers joins Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in pledging to support the 4K Blu-ray launch with movie discs.

Warner’s initial four titles, all with high dynamic range (HDR), will be Mad Max: Fury RoadSan AndreasThe Lego Movie and Pan.  “Following quickly,” the company said, will be theatrical new release titles, available day and date with Blu-ray and DVD versions, as well as catalog titles throughout the year, including Man of Steel and Pacific Rim.

Warner also said it would expand its selection of 4K titles with HDR through digital retailers, with Dolby Atmos soundtracks included on select titles.

Ron Sanders, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution, said his company “ is fully committed to releasing a wide range of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, including both new release titles and offerings from our vast catalog.”

The first Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) movies on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will also arrive in early 2016, and they’ll feature HDR. Many will also feature object-based surround.

Sony’s first 4K Ultra HD releases will include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2.

At September’s IFA show in Berlin, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced plans to release Ultra HD Blu-ray discs on the same day as Blu-ray discs and Digital HD. The studio also said it would reissue recent hit films in Ultra HD.