Today, October 21st is “Back to the Future Day” to fans of the popular film trilogy “Back to the Future” which appears is coming to the 4K UHD Blu-ray format next year. UPDATE: So, this started out as a rumor and I’ve now confirmed it. You’ll read more on that a bit below. Enjoy!
This was (to me) rumor at this point, but it held some strong validity to it. So, today on social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter) for both the film franchise and even on the Amblin Entertainment account they have been not only celebrating this date but they’ve also pointed out the obvious fact the first film is celebrating its 35th anniversary and to expect a 4K UHD Blu-ray release in 2020. Will it be just the first film or the entire trilogy? More on that later.
The original 1985 Robert Zemeckis directed classic that was “Back to the Future” was the first in the trilogy and truly itself remains iconic. I think that’s important to point that out. As even though we are looking to the future here, we have to start somewhere, just as Spielberg did to produce these films back in 1985 which he would continue to do with “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “Back to the Future Part III” (1990) – along with Zemeckis. Ready to hear if I think it will be the whole trilogy to be released next year in 4K or just the first film? You’ll need something similar to a road to get you there and that’ll be by continuing on. Or maybe you don’t need roads where you’re going?
The 1992 film “Universal Soldier“ starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 5th via Lionsgate. The film, directed by Roland Emmerich, co-starred Ally Walker, Ed O’Ross, Jerry Orbach, Leon Rippey, and Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 2.40:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 and Dolby Vision forms of High Dynamic Range as well as DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound. The release will come as a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart and a digital code (copy) of the film. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon and Best Buy. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Audio commentary by Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Dolph Lundgren
Audio commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin
“A Tale of Two Titans” Featurette
“Guns, Genes, and Fighting Machines” Featurette
“Behind the Scenes” Featurette
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Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding this upcoming 4K release of the film.
The 2019 film “Hustlers” starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on December 10th via Universal. The film, inspired by a true story and directed by Lorene Scafaria, co-stars Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and Cardi B. Hustlers received quite a bit of critical-acclaim during its theatrical run, in fact it’s “Certified Fresh” over at Rotten Tomatoes. Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include 2160p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include 1080p video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos sound. The two releases will both come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting and Blu-ray, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and each getting a digital code (copy) of the film. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc available for preorder over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on these releases are listed below.
Feature Commentary with Director Lorene Scafaria
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about these upcoming home video releases of the film.
Today Sony has officially announced plans to bring their next-generation video game console PS5 (PlayStation 5) out holiday season of 2020 with a 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drive. Sony decided to give WIRED magazine an exclusive bit of details regarding this upcoming console in a recently published news post. In that news post, it has been confirmed that the PlayStation 5 will not only include an SSD (solid-state drive) for internal storage but also include an optical drive for games physically on a disc. Sony may not have found the previous console (PS4, nor the PS4 Pro) worthy of getting it but this next-gen console (PS5) is set to include a 4K UHD Blu-ray drive. Games will also physically be contained on 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs (via a BD-100 specifically).
There’s no word yet if the player will be capable of outputting Dolby Vision (or even HDR10+) form of High Dynamic Range. It’s worth noting that the current Sony 4K UHD Blu-ray set-top players do feature Dolby Vision support, so that’s perhaps a good sign it could be coming to the PS5. Next question, will the console be able to bitstream next-gen immersive sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? That’s yet to be officially confirmed for the formats (by name), however, there is mention of sound that will leave you immersed – as quoted below.
“The result, Cerny says, will make you feel more immersed in the game as sounds come at you from above, from behind, and from the side.”
That should be a hint at Dolby Atmos probably at least being supported, especially considering that the rival XBOX One console now is featuring Dolby Atmos sound on some games. As further details come to light regarding this upcoming console and its capabilities in terms of a 4K UHD Blu-ray player, I’ll be sure to update this post. In the meantime, be sure to read the full news story over at WIRED. Below you can find the quote from that where they [Sony] drop the confirmation that it will include the 4K optical drive.
“Either way, physical games for the PS5 will use 100GB optical disks, inserted into an optical drive that doubles as a 4K Bluray player.”
The 2016 animated film “Moana“ is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on November 5th via Disney, according to retailers. The Academy Award-nominated film, co-directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, & Chris Williams, featured the voice talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk. The tech specs for the 4K release include a 2160p video presentation in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio with the HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby Atmos sound. The release will come as a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray Disc and a digital code (copy) of the film. The 4K UHD Blu-ray is now available for preorder over at Amazon. It is worth noting that there will be a 4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbookexclusive release at retailer Best Buy (pictured below).
Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.