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Sony To Release "Mastered In 4K" Blu-rays

But they're still 1080p, which is not only confusing but potentially disruptive.

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.

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25 Comments
  1. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Well, that’s weird.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 09:54.
  2. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    With tricks like this it makes the actual 4k sell a more confused sale because they’ll have to cut through this type of marketing cash-in

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 09:57.
  3. XisTG
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    So they transfered Karate Kid to 4K, to then transfer it again to 1080p? O_o

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 09:59.
  4. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    sounds like a way of justifying more expensive versions of the movies.

    i mean, did those superbit dvds actually give a noticeably better picture?

    and why would you need a better looking version of The Other Guys anyway?

    i can understand effects packed films like Battle LA, Spider-Man and Total Recall, and Karate Kid would have some spectacular views, like the training on the great wall.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 10:01.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      I hope you were talking about the lack of over the top special effects, because The Other Guys was awesome… >_>

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 10:40.
      • LTG Davey
        andUandU
        Since: Aug 2008

        Lol agreed. Will Ferrell is a nob most of the time but he is awesome in that movie :D

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 11:25.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        yeah, purely for the lack of big special effects.

        i haven’t seen the film, but i really wanted to, i’m a big fan of Will Ferrell, and i don’t mind Walhberg, in the right film.

        can’t wait for Anchorman 2.

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 13:32.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        If that’s the case then you HAVE to watch it asap.
        Eva Mendes is also very lovely in that movie. ; )
        I also can’t wait for Anchorman 2. There can never be enough Brick!

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 14:03.
  5. bunimomike
    Member
    Since: Jul 2009

    Upscaled DVDs look lovely and I don’t doubt these will to but it’s very interesting to see them confusing things a bit. Are Sony making OLED screens as I’d far prefer my money to go there than non-OLED 4K screens?

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 10:13.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      yes, apparently the OLED screen they’re showing is beautiful but at their press conference last night it only showed a boot screen because the PC they’d hooked it up to crashed as they wheeled the TV on stage!

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 10:17.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Ah, good to know. Don’t want them backing the wrong format (not that we’re “there” yet). If the pro consumers plump for OLED as oppose to non-OLED 4K screens then I’d like to think Sony have their fingers on the pulse. Something I’m not always sure about. ;-)

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 11:11.
  6. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Because nobody’s going to fork out for 4k yet, this is just a marketing stop-gap.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 10:15.
  7. mrfodder
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Hmm…. Wonder if the PS3 will have the processing power to play actual 4K Blurays downscaled to 1080p.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 10:41.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      No chance, no. The player won’t work, for starters.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 11:35.
  8. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Arent all movies mastered from the original source anyway?

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 11:49.
    • SilverCider
      Member
      Since: Jan 2011

      That was my thinking, I thought 4K was the minimum cinemas work to so surely the source will be this if not higher so any DVD, Blu-ray should already come from a 4K source :/

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:32.
      • Roynaldo
        Member
        Since: Nov 2008

        Is the cinema the source? I figured the camera they shot the thing with was :-)

        Comment posted on 09/01/2013 at 11:53.
  9. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Just wait til Disney jump on this too. People queueing to buy Star Wars I-VI again.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:30.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      I doubt they will do that as they rarely rerelease something. Or at least to the extent of Lucas’s habit of rerererereleasing the same old stuff with a few changes.

      Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 12:49.
      • hazelam
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        but they do have this habit of sticking stuff in a vault for years so when they do rerelease it demand will be high.

        Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 13:34.
  10. Paranoimia
    Member
    Since: Aug 2008

    All seems pointless to me, personally.

    Sharp are already pushing 8K TV:
    http://venturebeat.com/2013/01/07/cool-but-not-practical-sharp-to-launch-an-85-inch-8k-tv/

    If 4K is “Ultra HD”, what is 8K? Answer: Massive overkill.

    Comment posted on 08/01/2013 at 13:42.

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