Jason Statham Actioner ‘Transporter 3’ Bows on 4K Ultra HD Aug. 7 From Lionsgate

The Jason Statham action film Transporter 3 will come out on 4K Ultra HD combo pack (plus Blu-ray and digital) Aug. 7 from Lionsgate at $22.99.

The release will feature Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

In the film, Statham (also starring in The Meg hitting theaters Aug. 10) is back for a third time in the action series as Frank Martin, the Transporter. He is presented an offer he can’t refuse and ends up with a mysterious passenger and a dangerous destination.

Special features include audio commentary with director Olivier Megaton; the “Special Delivery: Transporters in the Real World” featurette; the “Making of Transporter 3” featurette; storyboards; sequences on visual effects and the sets; and the theatrical trailer.

National Lampoon’s ‘Van Wilder’ Arriving on 4K UHD in August

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder will be released in 4K Ultra HD digitally Aug. 7 and on  4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (with digital copy) Aug. 14 from Lionsgate.

The comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as a seventh-year college student who has no plans to graduate. His slick reputation catches the eye of Gwen Pearson (Tara Reid), an on-campus reporter determined to expose the truth behind his wild exterior.

The release features Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Special features on the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($22.99) include the “Party Legends, Pledges, and ‘Bull’-ies” featurette; the Sweet Drunken Idiot “Kommentary”; the “Ultimate College Party Guide” featurette; the “Gwen-ezuma’s Revenge” featurette; the “Testicles of the Animal Kingdom — Interactive Quizzicle” (Blu-ray Only); “Write That Down,” quotes from and Inspired by the film (Blu-ray Only); the Sugarcult “Bouncing Off the Walls” music video; deleted scenes; outtakes; the Burly Bear TV specials “Half Baked,” “Imposter,” “Movie Junky”; Comedy Central’s “Reel Comedy: National Lampoon’s Van Wilder”; and the “Van Wilder Blu-Book Exam” exclusive Blu-ray interactive game.

Apple Previews New Operating System for Apple TV 4K, Announces Deal With Charter

Apple June 4 previewed the tvOS 12 operating system for Apple TV 4K with support for Dolby Atmos audio, new features to easily access shows and movies, and aerial screensavers shot from space. The company also announced that Charter Communications, the second-largest cable operator in the United States, will begin offering Apple TV 4K to its customers.

Apple TV 4K debuted last fall. The service offers customers the largest collection of 4K HDR movies, according to Apple, including free 4K HDR upgrades to previously purchased movies in customers’ iTunes libraries.

“This fall, iTunes will be home to the largest collection of Dolby Atmos-supported movies anywhere, and these titles will also include Dolby Atmos audio for free,” according to an Apple press release. “With tvOS 12, Apple TV 4K will be the only streaming player both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos certified, delivering the highest quality cinematic experience of stunning 4K HDR visuals and immersive sound that flows all around in three-dimensional space.”

Also, later this year, Charter customers in nearly 50 million households will have access to live channels and tens of thousands of on-demand programs via an all-new Spectrum TV app on their Apple TV 4K, iPhone and iPad, integrated with Siri and the Apple TV App, Apple reported. In addition, as part of this collaboration, Charter will be offering iPhones and iPads to customers as they grow their mobile presence. Charter joins AT&T’s DirecTV Now in the United States, CANAL+ in France and Salt in Switzerland, which have begun offering customers Apple TV 4K with their services.

The Apple TV App on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV allows customers to find and watch TV shows and movies from more than 100 participating video apps in 10 countries, according to Apple. Single sign-on for Apple TV and iOS has allowed users to sign in once to get access to all the video apps available through their cable subscription. With tvOS 12, Apple further simplifies the authentication process with “zero sign-on.” Apple TV detects the user’s broadband network and automatically signs them in to all the supported apps they receive through their subscription — no typing required, according to Apple. Zero sign-on begins with Charter later this year and will expand to other providers over time.

In collaboration with the International Space Station National Lab and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Apple unveiled new aerials shot from space by NASA astronauts, “so Apple TV customers can enjoy even more stunning scenes filmed in 4K HDR,” according to Apple. Aerial screensavers will also be more interactive, allowing viewers to see the location information and swipe between dozens of aerials, the company noted.

Additional tvOS 12 features for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation make it easier for customers to access shows and movies, according to Apple:

— With iOS 12, users can securely AutoFill passwords from iPhone and iPad to Apple TV to easily sign in to Apple TV apps.

— The Apple TV Remote will be automatically added to Control Center on iPhone or iPad for Apple TV users, giving users quick access to Apple TV controls.

— Home control systems such as Control4, Crestron and Savant can be used to control Apple TV, including using Siri for voice search and control.

“The arrival of Dolby Atmos on Apple TV, ‘zero sign-on,’ a deal with Charter Spectrum, a new TV OS and, perhaps more tangentially, Siri support for third-party apps, all point towards an evolutionary product, rather than a revolutionary one, which we have become accustomed to from Apple over the years,” read a Futuresource Consulting blog in response to the announcements.

Futuresource estimates that there were approximately 21 million Apple TVs in use worldwide at the end of 2017, approaching half of these in the United States.

“Apple TV continues to add features, build partnerships and is clearly striving to offer the best quality digital streamer experience there is — albeit at a higher price than its competitors,” read the Futuresource blog. “Service partnerships will therefore be key to driving the attractiveness of the product and a channels approach, akin or better than Amazon Channels and Roku’s equivalent, will also be hugely important if Apple still wants to become the main entertainment hub in the home — something which Amazon arguably has gained a lead in.”

The new tvOS will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 4th generation. For more information, visit apple.com/apple-tv-4K.

LG Launches Compact CineBeam 4K Laser Projector in U.S.

LG Electronics has launched its LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector in the United States, “allowing any room in the house to turn into a movie theater,” according to a press release from the company.

The projector will be available at select U.S. retailers starting this week at a suggested retail price of $2,999.99.

“The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector is a true game changer in the projector market,” said Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA, in a statement. “Portability and versatility combined with 4K technology delivers the ultimate large-screen home cinema experience in a compact size. This projector will lead the way in changing how consumers view 4K content in any room at home.”

“LG’s engineers and designers took on the challenge of downsizing the LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector without sacrificing image quality,” according to the release. “The result is a premium device half the size of most competing 4K projectors while remaining price competitive.”

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector earned the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award for “its bright, detailed 4K picture quality and sleek, compact design delivering the ultimate home cinema experience,” LG noted. The company also noted its inclusion in the latest edition of Red Dot’s Best of the Best Product Design Award.

“With more high-quality video content and formats available to consumers, demand is accordingly rising for a device with the versatility to display streaming content as easily as Blu-ray,” the release noted.

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser projector can create a 150-inch screen at 2,500 lumens, making it LG’s brightest projector, according to LG. It also supports HDR 10 content.

The LG CineBeam 4K Laser’s portable size and upright design are made possible thanks to its mirrorless I-shaped engine, which allows the projection of high-quality images whether the device is on the floor, mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling, according to the release. The projector also features a carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector serves as a lens cover to protect the projector from dust when stored. On the audio side, the projector includes two 7W + 7W stereo speakers for sound “without the need for external speakers or a soundbar,” according to LG.

LG’s embedded webOS smart platform allows viewers access to online streaming services offering 4K content, according to the company. Standard connectivity options also include ports for USB, Ethernet and HDMI, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse.

LG CineBeam 4K Laser Projector

‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’ 4K Collector’s Set Due July 17

The long-delayed limited-edition 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collector’s edition of director James Cameron’s sci-fi action classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day will be released July 17 from Lionsgate.

The set includes the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (with Blu-ray and digital copy) of the film with a replica of a Terminator EndoArm. Just 6,000 of the boxed sets ($174.99 each) will be released in the United States, featuring a life-sized replica of the T-800 arm mounted on a stand with a numbered sticker with James Cameron’s signature.

A standalone version of the 4K combo pack was released in December.

Blu-ray and Digital HD special features include the 55-minute documentary “T2: Reprogramming the Terminator,” featuring commentary from the cast and crew (including Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong); two feature commentaries, including 23 members of the cast and crew; “The Making of T2” 30-minute featurette; seamless branching to view three different versions of the movie; two deleted scenes with audio commentary; and trailers.

 

‘Quick and the Dead’ Coming to 4K UHD from Sony July 17

The Quick and the Dead, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, will be released on 4K Ultra HD on both disc (with standard Blu-ray disc) and digital July 17 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the Western, Stone stars as a female gunfighter returning to a frontier town for a dueling tournament. Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio also star.

The release, fully restored in 4K resolution with high dynamic range from the original camera negative, includes seven, never-before-seen deleted scenes. It also includes newly-remixed Dolby Atmos audio.

Soderbergh Thriller ‘Unsane’ Due on Digital May 29, Disc June 19 from Universal

The Claire Foy thriller Unsane comes out on digital (including Movies Anywhere) on May 29, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand June 19 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Unsane stars Foy (“The Crown,” Breathe) as a woman still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker who is receiving treatments at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to confinement at the mental institution, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. Is he real or just a product of her delusion?

The film, which earned $7.7 million in theaters, also stars Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins and Amy Irving.

The 4K Ultra HD combo pack includes the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and digital copy. The 4K Ultra HD disc will include the same bonus features as the Blu-ray version, all in 4K resolution.

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Unsane (PRNewsfoto/Universal Pictures Home Enterta)

Sony to Release ‘The Equalizer’ on 4K UHD in Time for Sequel’s Theatrical Debut

As Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua reunite for The Equalizer 2 in theaters July 20, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Equalizer on 4K Ultra HD and Digital in 4K with HDR July 10.

In addition to HDR, the 4K release includes Dolby Atmos audio.

In The Equalizer Washington plays a former government intelligence agent who uses his combat skills to help shake a young girl loose from the grasp of Russian gangsters.

The 4K Ultra HD release features five never-before-seen deleted scenes, including “McCall’s Epilogue” teasing the new film; more than 20 minutes of features; and the Blu-ray with all previously released bonus content.
Featurettes on the 4K release include “A Villain’s Psychosis,” “Boston: On Location,” “A Modern Hero,” “Joining Forces Again: Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua,” “Playing the Part: The Cast of The Equalizer” and “The Home Mart Advantage: The Action of The Equalizer.

Featurettes on the included Blu-ray are “Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero,” “Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua,” “Inside The Equalizer,” “One Man Army: Training and Fighting,” “Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time” and “Children of the Night.” The Blu-ray also includes “Vengeance Mode with Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua.”

Ericsson Media Solutions Launches MediaFirst UHD

Ericsson Media Solutions has launched its MediaFirst End-to-End Ultra High Definition (UHD) solution, the industry’s first software-based, multi-application media processing and encoding platform to deliver UHD content from camera to consumer, across the entire media delivery landscape, according to the company.

The solution combines Ericsson Media Solutions’ MediaFirst Video Processing, MediaFirst Content Processing and AVP System Encoders to deliver a holistic UHD solution, according to Ericsson.

The new platform is making its global debut at NAB Show 2018 (Booth #SU720).

Ownership of HDTVs has increased from around 75 percent in 2012 to almost 85 percent in 2017, while 4K UHD TVs are now present in over a fifth of all homes, according to Ericsson.

“The MediaFirst End-to-End UHD solution addresses this growing need, enabling consumers to enjoy a better and more immersive viewing experience, even on larger TV sets,” according to the company.

The new solution is designed to enable contribution workflows, leveraging algorithms for encoding UHD content to be delivered across contribution networks, further delivered to consumers for an immersive experience across rich client interfaces, according to the company. With the freedom to use High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, as well as a cloud-agnostic choice of private, public or hybrid clouds, the solution “offers the ultimate flexibility for formats and deployment,” according to Ericsson.

“As ownership of 4K UHD and HDR ready TV sets increases, each generation of portable device is pushing the limits of screen resolutions,” said Boris Felts, head of products and solutions at Ericsson Media Solutions, in a statement. “There is a huge opportunity for operators to differentiate by delivering more immersive and high-quality viewing experiences. Our innovative and complete End-to-End UHD processing solution is the first on the market to unlock this potential. It enables operators to use elements of the Ericsson MediaFirst Video Processing platform to provide greater flexibility, superior low latency, and the ability to repurpose processing functions to efficiently deliver new and increasingly immersive UHD video experiences.”

Enabling TV service providers the capability to differentiate even further with this End to End Ultra High Definition solution, Ericsson Media Solutions can combine the Ericsson Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP) and MediaFirst TV Platform powering a unified solution for cloud DVR, on-demand and time- and place-shifted TV services, supporting all media and screens, up to Ultra HD resolution, according to the company.

Globally, Ericsson Media Solutions serves more than 900 operators, service providers, broadcasters, content providers and aggregators. To find out more about Ericsson Media Solutions’ MediaFirst End-to-End UHD solution, visit its dedicated NAB Show website through April 12.