‘The Shining’ to Terrify in 4K UHD Oct. 1 From Warner

Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining will come out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital Oct. 1 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The 4K remastering, done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging, is of Kubrick’s original 144 minute version of the film which premiered in the United States May 23, 1980. Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Kubrick’s former personal assistant  Leon Vitali worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. during the mastering process. May 17 the restored 4K version of the film will be screened at The Cannes Film Festival.

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The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel, was directed and produced by Kubrick, who wrote the screenplay with Diane Johnson. It stars Jack Nicholson in an iconic role as Jack Torrance, Shelley Duval as Wendy Torrance, Scatman Crothers as Dick Halloran, and Danny Lloyd as Danny Torrance. In the film, Jack Torrance becomes the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy and his son Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.

In 2018, The Shining was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”  The film ranked 29th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Thrills list, and Jack Torrance was named the 25th greatest villain on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains list.  Additionally, the quote “Here’s Johnny” from the film was ranked 68th on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.

The Shining Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the special features in high definition, and a digital version of the movie. Fans can also own The Shining in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray of The Shining will include more than three hours of previously released special features, including:

  • audio commentary by Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown and Kubrick biographer John Baxter;
  • “Video from the Overlook: Crafting The Shining”;
  • “The Visions of Stanley Kubrick,” a detailed look at one of cinema’s greatest visual storytellers and his unique ability to move audiences through the magic of unforgettable images;
  • “The Making of The Shining,” a cinema verité documentary offering a rare glimpse into the directing style of Kubrick as he interacts with Nicholson, Duvall and others;
  • “Wendy Carlos, Composer,” in which composer Wendy Carlos reflects on working with Kubrick and developing music scores for The Shiningand A Clockwork Orange.

Report: UHD TV Market Growing on Price Cuts

The global Ultra HD TV market is expected to expand at a combined annual growth rate of 28.23% from 2018 to 2022, according to a new report  “Global UHD TV Market 2018-2022” from Research and Markets.

According to the report, one driver in the market is the reduction in the average selling price of UHD TVs. The North American TV market witnessed a 90% reduction in UHD TV prices since its induction in 2012, and the average selling price of UHD TVs in China fell by about 85%.

One trend in the market is the rising popularity of curved UHD TVs. With TV manufacturers such as Samsung and Mitashi introducing curved TVs, the coming years will witness a growing preference for curved UHD TVs, according to the report.

Still, one challenge is a lack of UHD content, which is one of the key factors that could hinder the adoption of UHD TVs, according to the report.

Report: Panasonic Might Add Second New UHD Blu-ray Player in U.S. This Year

Panasonic could add a second new Ultra HD Blu-ray player to its 2018 U.S. product lineup, according to a report from HD Guru.

The new player, model DP-UB9000, announced at a Panasonic Product Convention in Europe last week, could join the previously announced UB820, HD Guru reported. The Panasonic UB820 was unveiled at CES last month, where it won HD Guru’s Best Ultra HD Player of CES 2018 award.

In 2016 Panasonic introduced its first premium 4K UHD Blu-ray player, model UB900, in the United States.

BDA Begins Licensing Next-Generation Specs

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) Jan. 8 said it has begun licensing of the latest Blu-ray Disc format expansion.

As of Jan. 1, companies can license specifications for next-generation broadcast recordable Blu-ray Disc format, which allows consumers in the Japanese market to record, view and archive Ultra HD broadcast content on new BD-RE XL media, as well as on legacy BD-R and BD-RE discs.

“Blu-ray Disc’s large data capacity has made it a top choice for archiving personal video content,” the trade group says. In Japan, where there are three times more Blu-ray recorders in homes than there are players, it’s widely used for recording and archiving broadcast content.

According to JEITA, more than 2 million Blu-ray recorders were shipped in 2016 and a similar number is forecasted for 2017, while approximately 600,000 Blu-ray players were shipped during the same years.

“Due to different business models and certain cultural aspects in Japan, Blu-ray recorder sales have outpaced player sales since the introduction of the format,” said Victor Matsuda, chair of the BDA Global Promotions Committee.  “Recording and archiving broadcast content is common in Japan and, with Ultra HD broadcast scheduled to launch there towards the end of 2018, adding Ultra HD recording capability was a given for the BDA and is an important benefit for Japanese consumers.”

Highlights of the Ultra HD Blu-ray recordable specifications, which were completed in November of 2017, include:

  • Recording and playback of Ultra HD broadcast streams at up to 100Mbps in new BD-RE XL media
  • Recording of Ultra HD broadcast streams on legacy BD-R/BD-RE media
  • New File system specifications for recording AV streams up to 100Mbps
  • AACS2 recordable technology
  • Support for HEVC and HDR (Hybrid Log Gamma)

The new BD-RE-XL discs will allow for more than two hours of recording, even in the case of 100Mbps AV streams. “And as has always been the case, Ultra HD Blu-ray recorders are required to play current Blu-ray, BD-R and BD-RE discs, meaning that consumers can continue to enjoy their existing recorded content collections as well as the vast 10,000+ title Blu-ray Disc library and the continually growing catalog of Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs,” the BDA says.

The BDA also is launching a series of videos to help consumers better understand 4K UHD.  All five videos have been uploaded to the BDA’s website and YouTube channel and are now live.

‘Wonder Woman’ Voted No. 1 Movie to See in 4K at Home in FandangoNow Survey

On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, on-demand video service FandangoNow surveyed more than 1,000 film fans with HDTVs to find out which movies available now for home viewing should be seen in 4K Ultra HD. The winner, according to the poll, was Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot.

According to the survey, 60% of respondents indicated they are more likely to watch a movie at home if it is available in 4K Ultra HD. FandangoNow has curated the fans’ picks of the top 40 films from its library of 4K UHD titles into one list, which can be found at Fandangonow.com/list/most-in-demand-4k-movies.

The service is offering a 20% discount on all movies in 4K UHD when fans enter the promo code “4K18.”

“Our 4K survey reveals that fans are most excited about reliving the HD thrills of Patty Jenkins’ epic film Wonder Woman at home in the highest resolution possible,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis. “I’m also excited to see two Christopher Nolan movies, Dunkirk and The Dark Knight, ranking so highly with the fans. FandangoNow offers one of the most comprehensive collections of new movies in 4K, and these titles are among the top-rented and purchased movies on our service.”

The “Top 10 Movies & Franchises That Must Be Seen in 4K UHD,” according to the survey, are:

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  3. Blade Runner 2049
  4. Deadpool
  5. Dunkirk
  6. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  7. The Dark Knight
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. It (2017)
  10. Atomic Blonde

 

In addition to its library of 4K titles, FandangoNow offers more than 50,000 new-release and catalog movies, and next-day TV shows. The service also provides Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer scores for titles. FandangoNow is available on more than 200 million devices, including Smart TVs from Samsung, LG and VIZIO; over-the-top (OTT) streaming players including Roku and Chromecast; the Xbox One video game system; iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets; and online at FandangoNow.com.