UHD Blu-ray disc pricing revealed

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.