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UHD Blu-ray disc pricing revealed

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Lionsgate may just have revealed how much we can expect to pay for the new UHD Blu-ray format. It ain't cheap.

Last week's CES 2016 heralded the arrival of the first wave of 4K or UHD Blu-ray players from Samsung and Panasonic. However, one particularly pertinent question that remained unanswered was how much UHD Blu-ray discs themselves would cost when they hit shops early this year.

Now Lionsgate Home Entertainment appears to have blinked, providing prices for its first UHD Blu-ray releases.

As relayed by Blu-ray.com (via Pocket-lint), Sicario, The Last Witch Hunter, Ender's Game, and The Expendables 3 will be available to buy in the new format from 1 March.

The older films on that list, Ender's Game and The Expendables 3, come with a recommended retail price of $22.99, or around £16, which is pretty much at the same level as regular Blu-rays.

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However, the newer of the films in Sicario and The Last Witch Hunter will cost $42.99, which works out to around £30. Pretty steep.

If this is any indication of the general pricing approach for UHD Blu-ray discs, then you might want to start building up your 4K library in chronological order. New releases are going to be expensive.

MattMe

January 14, 2016, 11:32 am

It's likely this pricing is because the players will be expensive, and those investing at this stage will be enthusiasts willing to pay extra for the newest tech.
If the prices don't start falling soon after release then the standard doesn't stand a chance. I know I won't be investing if they don't!

Pbryanw

January 14, 2016, 6:42 pm

Also, the new standard will have to go up against 4K streaming services. Looking back, I think when the original Blu-ray standard was released, these services weren't as mature, and superfast broadband had just began rolling out.

Of course, they'll always be those who want to own their media, and want the best uncompressed picture quality, but I wonder if UHD discs will lose some of their appeal due to 4K streaming?

mode11

January 14, 2016, 7:00 pm

Yes. 2K streaming reduces their appeal also.

lightice

January 14, 2016, 8:04 pm

Somewhat, but there are plenty of people who don't have fast internet connections, as well as those like myself who simply don't trust streaming services enough to rely on them concerning my favourite films.

But the day that you can download 4K content on your hard drive legally without draconian content restrictions I'll give up optic medium for good.

toboev

January 14, 2016, 8:46 pm

Every time I see a classic cliche Hollywood 'wall of flame' explosion scene looking like it is built from tumbling Lego bricks, I know that streamed content is sill basically garbage.

Pbryanw

January 15, 2016, 9:58 pm

"But the day that you can download 4K content on your hard drive legally without draconian content restrictions I'll give up optic medium for good."

Yep, also still fervently waiting for this day. If Music can be sold DRM-free, so can Movies & TV Shows.

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