A mixture of back-catalogue and new releases will be available on the Ultra HD Blu-ray format in early 2016.

Sony Pictures' first 4K Ultra HD releases will include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express and The Smurfs 2. Those films will be followed by TV content and new film releases.

Among Sony's library of 4K content are older films restored from the original, such as Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge Over The River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, Taxi Driver, Men In Black, Bad Boys, Ghostbuster, The Fifth Element and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The studio says its 4K Ultra HD releases feature four times the resolution of high-definition and will include High Dynamic Range (HDR) to produce greater contrast and more vibrant colours on HDR-compatible displays.

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"By some estimates, consumers will own more than 100 million Ultra HD TV sets by 2019," says Sony Pictures' president, Man Jit Singh. "Sony's 4K Ultra HD discs will deliver consumers the ultimate home cinema experience, with stunning picture and sound quality."

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The new Ultra HD Blu-ray format will support a resolution of 3840 x 2160, as well as high dynamic range (HDR), higher frame rates (up to 60 frames per second) and object-based immersive sound, such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Following Samsung's launch of the world's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player in September, further models are expected to be announced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas in January.

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macdiddy's picture

Well that list of first 4K blurays isn't......

going to make me rush out and buy a new 4K bluray player when they finally come out, after all we've been waiting ages for the best source hardware to go with our lovely 4K tvs and Sony then offers us the terrible "Pineapple Express" as one of the first releases.

Sorry no thanks as well to its range of classic movies which some of us probably have brought many times before in different formats ( vhs, dvd and original bluray ).

If Sony are not carefull 4K bluray will go the way of HD-DVD and streaming services like Netflix will win out instead.