Warner Bros. became the third major studio to announce their Ultra HD Blu-ray release line-up, following announcements by Sony and Fox.
Only four titles, 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'San Andreas,' 'The Lego Movie' and 'Pan,' will be available on UHD Blu-ray initially, but the studio expects at least 35 titles to be available on the new near-4K format by year's end. No firm release date has been given for the first batch of titles.
Warner Bros. calls Ultra HD the next step in home entertainment, and also talked up the studio's commitment to other visual enhancement, such as HDR, that will also arrive via the new Blu-ray disc format.
"We are excited to take this next technological leap which will allow us to bring our audiences the best possible home viewing experience with crystal clear images and immersive audio," said Ron Sanders, President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution. "4K Ultra HD with HDR is the next, and most exciting, advancement in home entertainment, and with the anticipated proliferation of Ultra HD televisions in the coming years, our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray product offerings will truly complement the stunning capabilities of this new generation of home entertainment hardware. Warner Bros. is fully committed to releasing a wide range of Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, including both new release titles and offerings from our vast catalog."
Warner's announcement follows that from Sony, which revealed its launch titles as 'The Amazing Spiderman 2,' 'Chappie,' 'Hancock,' 'Pineapple Express,' 'Salt,' and 'The Smurfs 2'. Fox announced last September that its launch titles will be 'Exodus: Gods and Kings,' 'Fantastic Four,' 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' 'Life of Pi,' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.
Lionsgate also recently announced plans to remaster its top 100 movies for 4K Ultra HD digital release and broadcast.