In the last few days Universal and Warner Bros have announced 4K titles with both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR, ensuring that they’ll be compatible with a range of TV displays
In what was threatening to be a format war similar to Blu-ray and HD-DVD kerfuffle of a decade ago, it appears there’s been a slight thawing when it comes to HDR formats. Both Universal and Warner Bros. have announced 4K titles will feature both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.
The first Warner Bros. 4K dual format HDR home release will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters. That film comes out August 27th in the US, while those in the UK will have to wait until October 7th.
After announcing support for HDR10+ earlier this year, Universal is releasing four dual format HDR titles, starting with The Secret life of Pets 2 and followed by Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, which comprises of Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. That’s out in the UK on September 7th.
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Warner Bros. announced their support for HDR10+ more than 18 months ago, but little had happened on that front. Trusted Reviews had seen demos at recent trade shows of Warner Bros’ titles in HDR10+, so it seemed a case of when, not if, they’d release their first HDR10+ title.
And what appeals about this decision is that Dolby Vision hasn’t been cast away. Those with Dolby Vision compatible TVs − and vice versa with HDR10+ displays − will be able to enjoy their physical 4K library in the best way regardless of which format their TV supports.
Why is this good? HDR10+ and Dolby Vision adjust the brightness of a films on a frame-by-frame or scene-by-scene basis. This means a HDR-capable TV can produce the best image of a scene as it possibly can, with better contrast and colours truer to life. HDR10, a static version of HDR, has only one set of values that run across the entirety of the film, resulting in a less vivid performance.
With Robin Hood (2018) becoming the first 4K title to have support for dual HDR formats earlier this year and Alita: Battle Angel arriving with both HDR formats soon, could this trickle turn into a flood? We’d hope so.