Disney’s releasing 4K Blu-Rays – starting with Guardians of the Galaxy 2

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4K adoption in the consumer space is largely driven by gaming at the moment, with the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One S and the impending Xbox One X able to output games at to match the resolution of shiny new TVs. The other consumer segment that’s jumping in on 4K? Home theatre enthusiasts. It’s slow going right now though, and the number of UltraHD Blu-rays is sparse – but that’ll be changing now that Disney’s on board.

And the first movie they’ll be releasing on the format? Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Director James Gunn took to Facebook to enthusiastically share the news.

“Yes, it’s true, & I am UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED to announce that, after a couple of years of me begging and pleading, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be coming to home video in 4K UltraHD. It will be the FIRST Disney release to be released this way.”

Gun is especially enthused about the release, saying that it’s the best way to watch the movie at home. Says Gunn:

“4K UltraHD is almost certainly the best way you can see this movie at home – with more definition and the most vibrant colors possible on your home screen, and with the brightest brights and the blackest blacks.”

It’s worth noting that Microsoft’s newer consoles have support for the format, which Sony has eschewed in its latest console. The company says that it decided to skip the 4K Blu-Ray drive because consumers prefer to stream things.

“Our feeling is that while physical media continues to be a big part of the games business, we see a trend on video towards streaming,” Sony’s Andrew House said last year. “Certainly with our user base, it’s the second biggest use case for people’s time on the system so we place more emphasis on that area.”

While that may be true, for the average consumer (especially in bandwidth-deprived nations such as ours) the internet requirements for streaming things in 4K are astronomical and prohibitive.

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Last Updated: July 6, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Oh you utter bstd! Saves me having to waste money on cosplay I suppose…

    • Hammersteyn
      • Gingers don’t get embarrassed… We get EVEN!

        • Hammersteyn

          There’s a lot of things gingers don’t get though, like women and respect.

          • Both inconsequential when you live forever.

          • Original Heretic

            Perhaps we file that one under the “wishful thinking” category.

          • Hammersteyn

            No, all the ridicule and teasing only makes it feel like forever. 😛

          • No, listening to YOU makes it feel like forever, hahahaha!

          • Hammersteyn

            HAHAHA!

          • MonsterCheddar

            HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

          • MonsterCheddar

            And a tan.

      • Perfect.

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

    • MonsterCheddar

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

      Trevor getting hot and bothered in 3…2….1…..

  • Hammersteyn
    • MonsterCheddar

      Kak Funny. XD

  • MonsterCheddar

    Otto is not going to believe you @OddSockZA:disqus. (@ottokie:disqus )

    Also….

    TRUE 4K!!!!!!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ff59ed416f7aa66635b0e6572ae6248de49fd15c6204db4b51a0f9cd2493769a.gif

  • HairyEwok

    Before you can watch 4K, you need the 4K TV/Monitor.

    • Yup. Maybe it comes with the Blu-Ray version?

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Who’s that prat in the header img?

    • Hammersteyn

      Just look at poor baby Groot, he’s totally grossed out.

    • Crisp Rat

  • Hammersteyn

    The header makes me think of what MAD magazine did with their covers and Alfred E Neuman

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