Monday, February 29, 2016

4K Ultra HD Format Arrives As Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Jumps The Gun With Early Launch

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, with little to no fanfare, appears to have jumped the Mar. 1 launch date of the new studio-backed 4K Ultra HD format with the Feb. 23 release of the previously announced quartet of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chappie, Hancock and Salt.    

Plus there are two late arrivals to the mix, Pineapple Express and The Smurfs 2.  

All six releases are 4K/Blu-ray Combo Packs and the SRP for each is marked at $35.99.

As reported in last week’s edition of the DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will be releasing writer/director Peter Landesman’s Concussion as a 4K/Blu-ray Combo Pack on a day-and-date basis with the DVD and Blu-ray editions on Mar. 29. is also listing all ten of 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment’s initial 4K Ultra HD product offerings as being available as of Feb. 23, but the Fox Connect retail website continues to show the availability as Mar. 1.  

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph Tribbey
Of note, also listed at the Fox Connect website, and confirmed by 20th Century-Fox Home Entertainment, is the addition of a 4K/Blu-ray Combo Pack edition of director Steve Martino’s The Peanuts Movie.   

DVD & Blu-ray Release Report, Ralph TribbeyThe street date is Mar. 8, which corresponds to the debut of DVD and two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack SKUs (one with and one without a 3D viewing option).   The Peanuts Movie thus becomes the first day/date release for the new 4K Ultra HD, eclipsing Sony’s Concussion by three weeks.

Both Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Lionsgate Home Entertainment confirmed within the past few days that Mar. 1 will also be the availability date for their initial 4K Ultra HD product selections.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment is going with Ender's Game, The Expendables 3, The Last Witch Hunter and Sicario, while Warner Bros. Home Entertainment comes to the 4K Ultra HD party with The Lego Movie, Mad Max: Fury Road, Pan and San Andreas.

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