Sony has released the names of the first set of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles to be released early next year.
'The Amazing Spiderman 2', 'Chappie', 'Hancock', 'Pineapple Express',
'Salt' and 'The Smurfs 2' have been chosen to be the first titles to received the Ultra HD Blu-ray treatment, with additional support for an open, non-proprietary HDR that's compatible with 4K TVs with HDR.
Some 4K TV owners have already expressed disappointment at the line-up, but Sony has promised that a steady stream of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, including 'Fury', 'Captain Phillips', 'Lawrence Of Arabia' and 'The Fifth Element', will be forthcoming.
Rival studio 20th Fox previously announced that most new release titles will be simultaneously available on Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray, and it is expected Sony will follow suit. The first batch of UHD Blu-ray titles from Fox includes 'Gods and Kings', 'Fantastic Four', 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', 'Life of Pi', and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.
The process of releasing titles, particularly catalog titles, on Ultra HD Blu-ray is by no means a straight forward. Many titles will need to be carefully restored to 4K resolution, and some early digital titles, while shot in 4K, were archived in lower 2K resolution, making restoration more difficult.