Horror Title ‘Hereditary’ Due on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 4 From Lionsgate

The horror title Hereditary arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and digital) and DVD Sept. 4 from Lionsgate.

The film, from writer-director Ari Aster, stars Toni Collette as the beleaguered mother in a grieving family haunted by tragic and disturbing events. The film also stars Alex Wolff (Patriot’s DayMy Friend Dahmer), newcomer Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Gabriel Byrne (The Man in the Iron Mask, TV’s “Vikings”). When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

The Hereditary 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively. The 4K UHD version includes Dolby Vision HDR.

Special features include deleted scenes, the making-of featurette “Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary” and the “Evil in Miniature” photo gallery.

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.

Vizio Unveils 4K HDR Smart TV Collections

Vizio April 10 unveiled its new 2018 P-Series 4K HDR Smart TV collection and value-priced D-Series and E-Series 4K HDR Smart TV collections.

The latest P-Series collection features a bezel-less industrial design, a blend of 4K HDR picture quality enhancements and smart TV and smart home capabilities. The series also includes Dolby Vision HDR and up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness and more than 1 billion colors thanks to Ultra Color Spectrum, according to Vizio. Also, the 2018 SmartCast OS offers streaming options and smart home controls with the integration of voice-control support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Offered in 55-, 65- and 75-inchs sizes, the 2018 P-Series 4K HDR Smart TVs are now available on Vizio.com and are coming soon to retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and Sam’s Club, according to Vizio. The TVs retail at $899.99 for the 55-inch set, $1,299.99 for the 65-inch and $2,499.99 for the 75-inch.

Active Full Array Pro backlight combines a full array backlight with up to 120 local dimming zones, according to Vizio. UltraBright 1000 features up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness, and Clear Action 720 features a 240Hz effective refresh rate achieved with backlight scanning.

“Picture quality technologies like Ultra Color Spectrum, Dolby Vision HDR and UltraBright 1000 enable the P-Series to take 4K HDR performance to the next level,” said Vizio chief technology officer Bill Baxter in a statement. “Incredibly, realistic on-screen imagery is complemented by cutting-edge smart TV features to round out the collection’s entertainment experience. Vizio SmartCast OS not only expands discovery and streaming options so consumers can watch content they love from their favorite apps, but also serves as an ideal centerpiece to any smart home with easy-to-use voice-control support through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.”

Through the 2018 SmartCast OS, apps such as Netflix, Prime Video, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Crackle and Xumo can be instantly accessed on the TV screen using the included remote, according to Vizio. Users can also download the free SmartCast Mobile app to turn their smartphone into a touchscreen remote. The SmartCast OS also features Google Chromecast built-in and offers voice-control support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. By utilizing speaking commands, users can turn their TVs on and off, change channels or adjust volume — and for Google Assistant users, stream content to the TV, according to Vizio.

Offered in sizes 43 inches and above, both the D-Series and E-Series collections also feature the 2018 SmartCast OS experience with Google Chromecast built-in. They support HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats and full array LED backlighting. The E-Series collection also supports Dolby Vision HDR content. Prices for the D-Series range from $349.99 (43-inch) to $999.99 (70-inch). Prices for the E-Series range from $349.99 (43-inch) to $1,549.99 (75-inch).

The 2018 D- and E-Series 4K HDR Smart TVs are now available on VIZIO.com and coming soon to retailers such as Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart.

“VIZIO believes all consumers — including those on a budget — should be able to enjoy the growing library of 4K and HDR movies and shows available to them,” said Baxter in a statement. “Packed with picture quality benefits that are oftentimes reserved for pricey, high-end TVs, our all-new 2018 D-Series and E-Series 4K HDR models were engineered to bring the benefits of 4K HDR to the masses. The entertainment experience is rounded out by our easy-to-use, on-screen smart TV experience that grants access to thousands of popular streaming apps.”

HBO to Release ‘Games of Thrones: Season 1’ on UHD Blu-ray June 5

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season will debut on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision high dynamic range June 5 from HBO Home Entertainment.

“Game of Thrones” is the first HBO series released by HBO Home Entertainment in 4K.  (HBO’s “Westworld” got a 4K release, but it was distributed by Warner.)

The first season release includes all 10 episodes in the 4K format with extras in HD.

In the season one of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series, trouble is brewing in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond, powerful families are engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. As betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, their bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Winter is coming.

Season 1 bonus features (in HD) include:

  • “Animated Histories,” about the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves;
  • “Anatomy of an Episode,” an in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown”;
  • cast auditions, with rarely-seen footage of the cast auditioning;
  • “Making Game of Thrones,” an exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews with the cast and crew;
  • profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them;
  • “Creating the Show Open,”an inside look at the creation of the Emmy-winning opening title sequence for “Game of Thrones”;
  • “From the Book to the Screen,” in which executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO;
  • “The Night’s Watch,” an in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the wall, a 700-foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond;
  • “Creating the Dothraki Language,” a glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in the series;
  • seven audio commentaries with cast and crew, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor; and
  • a digital download code for the ten-episode season in HD.

 

Lionsgate to Mount ‘Escape Plan’ on 4K UHD

Lionsgate will release Escape Plan (2013), starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a first-time pairing, in a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and digital copy) June 5 from the Summit Entertainment label at $22.99.

The thriller also stars Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Sam Neill, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Amy Ryan. In the film, one of the world’s foremost authorities on structural security agrees to take on one last job: breaking out of an ultra-secret, high-tech facility called “The Tomb.” Deceived and wrongfully imprisoned, Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) must recruit fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help devise a daring, nearly impossible plan to escape from the most protected and fortified prison ever built.

The 4K disc will feature Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio.

Combo pack special features include:

  • audio commentary with director Mikael Håfström and co-writer Miles Chapman;
  • the “Executing the Plan: The Making of Escape Plan” featurette;
  • the “Maximum Security: The Real-Life Tomb” featurette;
  • the “Clash of the Titans” Featurette; and
  • deleted scenes.

Sony CES Booth Features Dolby Vision-Enabled UHD Blu-ray Player

LAS VEGAS — Sony Electronics at the Consumer Electronics Show announced and displayed a 4K UHD Blu-ray player that will become Dolby Vision capable via a firmware upgrade in the summer.

The UBP-X700 player is available now and offers access to 4K streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, and supports a range of video and music formats, including MP4, DSD, FLAC, according to Sony.

Sony reps used Spider-Man: Homecoming footage to demonstrate the player at the booth.

Pixelogic Offering Dolby Vision Authoring in Europe

Media services company Pixelogic Jan. 10 announced its London facility is the first in Europe to offer Dolby Vision UHD Blu-ray authoring with its proprietary Dolby Vision authoring tools.

Since launching the service last year, Pixelogic has delivered more than 20 UHD Blu-ray Disc titles in Dolby Vision authored in its Los Angeles office, including BBC Worldwide’s first Dolby Vision UHD Blu-ray title, Earth: One Amazing Day.

Other titles include Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Lionsgate’s Saban’s Power Rangers, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Resident Evil: Vendetta.

“Dolby has been a terrific partner and together we look forward to furthering our commitment in enabling our mutual customers to deliver superior products to the marke,” Holger Hendel, SVP and managing director of EMEA for Pixelogic, said in a statement.

As the developer and licensor of the Blu-ray print authoring system, Pixelogic has enhanced its proprietary UHD Blu-ray authoring software to enable the implementation of Dolby Vision. In addition, Pixelogic has created a suite of tools that efficiently manage the HEVC video compression, metadata and QC workflows required for Dolby Vision.

“Pixelogic will help ensure that the image and sound of feature and episodic content with Dolby technologies are delivering the premium experience filmmakers intend,” said Ron Geller, VP of worldwide content relations, at Dolby.

Dolby Touts Expansion of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos at CES

LAS VEGAS — Dolby Laboratories touted partners and the expansion of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos adoption at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The company noted leading global partners, such as Apple, Lenovo, LG, Netflix, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, TCL and Vestel.

“Dolby advances the science of sight and sound to create and enable spectacular experiences,” said Kevin Yeaman, president and CEO, Dolby Laboratories. “We are excited to showcase the momentum of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos at CES and to continue to deliver more Dolby experiences to consumers around the world.”

Some of the partnerships highlighted at the show:

  • Lenovo is bringing Dolby Vision to its ThinkPad X1 Series – the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga. This milestone marks the first PCs to support Dolby Vision.
  • Panasonic is bringing Dolby Vision to its UB820 4K UHD Blu-ray player, expanding the lineup of OEMs that support Dolby Vision.
  • Three Chinese TV OEMs bring new products supporting Dolby technologies. TCL is the first TV OEM to announce a Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos TV in China. The company also announced a new line of mainstream Dolby Vision TVs available in the United States. Both Hisense and Changhong are expanding support of Dolby Vision to new TV lines. In addition, Skyworth has plans to bring Dolby Atmos to its TVs in 2018.
  • LG Electronics announced that all 2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will support both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. LG also unveiled its latest Dolby Atmos sound bar – the SK10Y. These announcements will enable a broader range of LG’s product lines to deliver both cutting-edge imaging and state-of-the-art sound.
  • Sony revealed that its 2018 X900F series and A8F Bravia OLED series TVs will support Dolby Vision and will be joined by its first Dolby Vision capable 4K UHD Blu-ray player. To marry stellar imaging with phenomenal audio, Sony also announced a new line of mainstream Dolby Atmos sound bars including the HT-X9000F, priced at $599 MSRP.
  • P&F USA, branded as Philips in the United States, is bringing Dolby Vision to its new 69 and 59-Series TVs.
  • Dolby’s proposals for dynamic metadata and color representation, which are foundational components of Dolby Vision, are now included within the HDR specification of the ATSC 3.0 next-generation TV standard. This major milestone enables delivery of live broadcasts in Dolby Vision.
  • Dolby AC-4 has been selected for ATSC 3.0 audio and will deliver the future of audio entertainment to living rooms around the world.

Major Hollywood studios including Disney, Lionsgate, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment support Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in the home, noted Dolby. Nearly 200 movies are available in Dolby Vision on iTunes, and Netflix has more than 200 hours of Dolby Vision content and continues to grow its catalog. This includes popular series such as “Stranger Things 2” as well as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos titles such as Marvel’s “The Punisher” and the recently released film, Bright.