Lionsgate Joins 4K Ultra HD Movement with ‘Expendables 3,’ ‘Ender’s Game,’ More

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Studio is first to set specific release date, March 1, in time for first Samsung player

Lionsgate is the latest studio to jump on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc bandwagon, joining three other majors – 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. – who have earlier vowed their support.

Lionsgate, however, is the first studio to announce a specific release date. “Sicario,” “The Last Witch Hunter,” “Ender’s Game,” and “The Expendables 3” will be available March 1, 2016, timed to the arrival in the market of the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc players (from Samsung).

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs feature four times the resolution of HD and include high dynamic range (HDR), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays – said to be more like what the human eye can see. Many titles also support next-generation immersive audio formats.

For optimal sound quality, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs for “Sicario,” “Ender’s Game” and “The Expendables 3” feature next-generation object-based Dolby Atmos audio, while “The Last Witch Hunter” delivers cinematic audio with advanced, object-based DTS:X Audio.

“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, home entertainment president for Lionsgate. “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.”

Each 4K UHD release will be packaged with a Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD copy and will contain all previously released special features. “Sicario” and “The Last Witch Hunter” will be available at the suggested retail price of $42.99. “Ender’s Game” and “The Expendables 3” will be priced at $22.99 SRP.

At the just-concluded CES event in Las Vegas, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn speculated that more than 100 Ultra 4K Blu-ray Disc titles would be available by the end of the year.

Aside from 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and now Lionsgate, the independent Shout! Factory also has announced its intent to release 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, with an initial slate drawn from IMAX theatrical releases.

Shout! Factory titles include “Journey to Space” (narrated by Patrick Stewart), “Humpback Whales” (narrated by Ewan McGregor), “Flight of the Butterflies,” “Rocky Mountain Express,” “Wonders of the Arctic” (narrated by Victor Garber) and “The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea.”
“Space” and “Whales” will be the first to cometo market, in late spring or early summer.

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  1. john says:

    i watched that Hunger Games the first one , haha what a let down, that is one bad! movie. while not a lot of titles announced by lionsgate, I still remember dvd’s and blu rays launch and the movies been released are more or less about as many, while I believe the ps3 helped blu ray with its included player as well as the ps2 with its dvd player, blu ray 4k hasn’t got this luxury to help usher in new users, by saying that its going to take some time until this kicks into gear, I’ll say about two xmas. still I will admitte im glad theres a physical format and more importantly all this push for 4k tv over the last 3 years from manufactory’s has been pointless until now, think about it if you brought a 4k tv 12 months ago you wouldn’t be able to utilize the high dynamic rage element form this titles and all this 4k streaming isn’t even as good as blu ray is self so now you can finally buy a more or less finalized 4k tv with HDR ( ultra HD premium ) that’ll view its content that’s now going to be available without worrying about been outdated till the next generation, still I don’t think they can really improve that much more udh blu ray is presented with 10 bit color dvd and everything else 8 bit , im sure films are filmed in 12 bit, that’s the only upgrade I could see as the next gen and perhaps 3d with hdr.

  2. Sammy says:

    20th Century Fox titles have been on Amazon for several days with a release date of March 1.

  3. Bill says:

    I wonder if the industry really wants UHD BD to succeed, given the plethora of incredibly weak titles studios have announced as their initial releases.

    For example, if Lionsgate really wanted to push the format, they’d announce the availability of something like a complete “Hunger Games” box set on UHD.

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