According to a press release issued this morning, Sony have announced a “Mastered In 4K” range of Blu-rays alongside plenty of CES discussion about their forthcoming 4K “Ultra HD” television sets.
Except, well, these “Mastered In 4K” Blu-rays aren’t 4K in resolution. They’re 1080p Blu-rays, mastered from the 4K original film sources.
The movies confirmed so far are: The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall, The Karate Kid, Battle: Los Angeles and The Other Guys. The press release says the movies are “sourced from pristine 4K masters and presented at high-bitrate 1080p resolution, with expanded color showcasing more of the wide range of rich color contained in the original source.”
“When upscaled via the Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs, these discs serve as an ideal way for consumers to experience near-4K picture quality” it continues. Ew.
Native, proper 4K titles are meant to be releasing in the Summer.