Your TV remote may not have a stun button, but you’re sure to be reeling when you lay eyes on the next batch of 4K releases in all their Ultra High Definition glory.
Science fiction is a genre tailormade for the highest in image quality, and the visually stunning Tom Cruise vehicle Oblivion promises to look out of this world. Sequel Independence Day: Resurgence will also rock your UHD TV when it arrives in 4K on October 19. And Luc Besson’s insane and mind-bending sci- action-thriller Lucy is another perfect fit for the new format on October 5.
Fantasy double The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Snow White and the Huntsman also debut in 4K on October 5, as does true-life adventure Everest, which plunges you into one of the most dangerous places on Earth, thanks to the cinematography of Salvatore Totino, who also lensed The Da Vinci Code, and Angels & Demons. Both Dan Brown adaptations are released in 4K on October 12 to tie in with the cinema release of Brown’s Inferno.
The all-girl Ghostbusters will also be available in 4K on October 12. According to director Paul Feig, the original cut was more than four hours, so expect plenty of unseen hilarity with the Extended Cut included on this release.
Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie heat up the screen in The Legend of Tarzan on October 19, and the special effects highlights will also play a starring role with the CG apes even more photorealistic thanks to the enhanced detail.
It’s not just new releases: a couple of back catalogue classics have also received an upgrade to 4K. 1986 fantasy favourite Labyrinth turns 30 this year and you can celebrate the anniversary with a new 4K transfer on October 5. And 2000’s global blockbuster Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, from acclaimed director Ang Lee, is back and kicking on October 26, rounding out a huge month of Ultra High Definition viewing.
If you’ve yet to discover what all the fuss is about, ask for a 4K demo at your local JB Hi-Fi store.
BONUS 4K FACTS
1. 4K is designed for big screens and UHD TVs start from 50-inches upwards. Size does matter if you want to duplicate the cinema experience at home, which of course you do, so the bigger the panel, the better. Older models prior to 2016 may not support HDR – 4K discs will still look great, but they’ll look even more incredibly detailed and colourful with this function.
2. 4K Ultra HD discs won’t play on a standard Blu-ray player – the transfers require more disc space than a BD. But Blu-ray discs and DVDs will play on a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, and what’s more, they’ll look even better when you take advantage of the upscaling function, with only a moderately discernible difference in quality between an upscaled Blu-ray and a 4K disc.