The uptake on 4K Ultra HD has been quite staggering – and even quicker than that of Blu-ray. We take a look into our crystal ball at some of the big new releases – both straight from cinemas and back catalogue – that are still expected to land on 4K before 2019 comes around.
2018 cinema hits
Action, thrills, laughs, animation and feel-good singalongs are all queued up for 4k Ultra HD release before Christmas.
– Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson does his best John McClane impression in Skyscraper, due right at the end of October.
– It’s time to get your ABBA on again when Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again sends out an SOS on November 7.
– Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis bring action and laughs in The Spy Who Dumped Me, also on November 7.
– Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes – these ones just happen to be teensy. They’re Ant-Man and the Wasp, and they’re set to land on November 14. Steelbook fans should look out for JB’s exclusive.
– Denzel does his first ever sequel, returning as champion of the oppressed Robert McCall in The Equalizer 2, also on November 14.
– Feel like watching Tom Cruise doing crazy stunts? Scribble November 28 in your diaries then, as that’s when Mission: Impossible – Fallout is releasing. All six M:I movies will also be available the same day in one handy collection.
– From impossible to incredible, yes Disney-Pixar’s heroic team return in, aptly, Incredibles 2. Grab your num-num cookies and nab this on November 28.
– Jaws, (seemingly) a zillion Sharknado flicks – people dig sharks! Now you can dig the biggest of them all, facing off against Jase Statham in The Meg, also on November 28 – and also available as a JB-exclusive steelbook.
– Want to check out Spike Lee’s latest truth-based joint? It’s BlacKkKlansman, and it’s hitting on December 5.
– The latest “young adult” fiction to get the movie treatment is The Darkest Minds. Fight the powers from December 5.
– How about some big, bad, alien fun? OK then – The Predator will deliver all that and more from December 12.
Prepare for some seriously exciting stuff on their way to 4K over the next few months.
– Hitting the sci-fi shelves on October 31 is the much-anticipated remaster of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, also available exclusively at JB in a steelbook.
– Also bringing the science and the fiction on 31/10 are the second and third Matrix movies, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. They’ll also be bundled with the original in a very green triple pack.
– Five flicks featuring Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan are all hitting on November 7. Alec Baldwin steps into Ryan’s boots in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford does double duty in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), Ryan then morphs into Ben Affleck for 2002’s The Sum of All Fears before becoming Chris Pine in 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
– November 14 is set to bring the fun, with a double dose of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys and Bad Boys II. The same day will also see Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman arrive in Spielberg’s Peter Pan tale Hook.
– If those last few are too lighthearted for you, then try Braveheart, also due on November 14. That’s not the only painted skin flick that you’ll be able to pick up, either, as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara, is also set to drop the same day.
– The November 14 celebrations continue, with the very fun Wreck-It Ralph the next back catalogue release from Disney, arriving in plenty of time to rewatch before Ralph Breaks the Internet hits cinemas on Boxing Day.
– There’s more fun young adult future shock in Allegiant, Divergent and Insurgent, all hitting at once on November 28.
– November 28 also sees a bunch of other great back catalogue releases finally arriving officially in Australia – Stallone and Arnie in Escape Plan, the epic Gods of Egypt, Willis, Mirren and Malkovich in RED 2, Luc Besson’s amazing Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter.
– Speaking of witch hunters, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is set for December 5, along with Scorsese’s Shutter Island and the first instalment of Bella and Edward’s adventures in Twilight. Three very different titles that ably demonstrate the variety that’s available in 4K.
Some of the following titles are heading out overseas, but don’t have Australian dates – yet – while others come via sources that we trust.
– John Carpenter fans are in for a quintuple treat with his original 1978 Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, Prince of Darkness and They Live all getting the 4K treatment.
– Harrison Ford is back in Air Force One, joining American Psycho, The Punisher and Punisher: War Zone in mooted 4K releases.
– Animation buffs are in for a treat. Not only are the first two How to Train Your Dragon flicks expected in 4K, but don’t be at all surprised to see both Toy Story and Disney’s The Little Mermaid on the shelves in time to grab as stocking stuffers.
- Please note that all release dates quoted above are as advised at time of writing and, like most things, are subject to change.