Sony to release "Optimised for 4K" Blu-ray discs

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blu-ray-logo-thumb.jpgSony have confirmed that they will be releasing a special range of Blu-ray discs that have been remastered to take advantage of new 4K screen technology.

Speaking to Pocket-Lint, Sony explained that the “Optimized for 4K Ultra HD TVs” Blu-ray discs aren’t actually running at a native 4K resolution, but are intended as a stop-gap measure until disc capacity catches up with 4K movie’s average 200GB needs.

What the new range actually offers then is video mastered from the 4K footage directly captured from 35mm film, offering enhanced colour information for the company’s own 4K TV range, making red, blues and greens seem even more vibrant. Owners of LG and Samsung 4K TVs should also notice benefits.

15 films will be mastered in the new format, including Total Recall, Ghostbusters, Karate Kid, Taxi Driver, and The Other Guys, with the releases compatible with all current Blu-ray hardware, including the PS3.

Some concessions have been made to accommodate the new higher bit-rate movies however, with all special features cut from the discs.

Confirmed to be headed to the UK before the end of the year, no firm release date has yet been set.

Gerald Lynch
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