Lionsgate adds to UHD Blu-ray launch catalogue, can Sicario tempt buyers to 4K-out?

posted on Friday, 15th January 2016 by Steve May

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Lionsgate is the latest Hollywood major to reveal its Ultra HD Blu-ray launch slate, as well as retail prices. The HDR-enabled discs will launch stateside March 1. UK dates have yet to be confirmed, however the UHD Alliance has repeatedly stated that there will be no regional locks on Ultra HD discs.

Upcoming is action drama Sicario, fantasy romp The Last Witch Hunter, The Expendables 3 and Ender’s Game. The Last Witch Hunter will ship with a DTS;X audio mix, while the rest are down for Dolby Atmos. The company is bundling its 4K discs with a separate, regular Blu-ray platter for non 4K players.

Lionsgate is pricing catalogue titles at $23 and new releases at $43. This puts the new format in line with prices first charged for Blu-ray, and makes re-releases seem particularly tempting. "As we were with Blu-ray, we are proud to again be at the forefront of a new format and excited to offer consumers the highest quality home viewing experience possible with the 4K disc being the premiere showcase," said Ron Schwartz, President of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. "These four films are uniquely suited to show consumers how incredible this new format can be with a truly immersive experience complementing the new hardware capabilities."

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The releases join a range of titles from Warner, Sony Pictures and Twentieth Fox. Warner will offer the multi-Oscar nominated Mad Max: Fury Road, alongside San AndreasThe LEGO Movie and Pan. Sony Pictures has lined up The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Pineapple Express, Chappie and The Smurfs 2. Fox will debut Exodus: Gods & KingsChappieKingsman: The Secret Service, Fantastic FourX-Men: Days of Future PastLife of PiMaze Runner and Wild.

At this January’s CES, Samsung announced that its debut 4K UHD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, was available for pre-order, priced at $400. Panasonic will follow with the DMP-UB900, a high-end player due for launch early summer. It has yet to confirma price, but suggests that it will sell for “less than £1000,” according to marketing director David Preece 

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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