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If and only if they move to true 10 bit, 4:2:2 color depth (or greater) encoding.
But, if they expect to compress the living hell out of their 4k masters with H.265 to fit the content on a standard Blu-ray disc (which is 50 GB), then you can expect the same old crappy 8 bit experience.
If we do get a physical UHD disc, it must use a higher capacity disc with a greater bitrate pool that allows for more progressive frame rates including the usual suspects plus native 25 fps, 30 fps, 48 fps, 50 fps, and 60 fps as well as a much improved, pro-grade bit depth and color gamut. Even many consumer TV's can accept 12 bit video information... there just hasn't been any native content to take advantage of the capabilities.
Throw in Dolby Atmos or similar, advanced, system scalable, lossless audio mixing and it'll be spectacular. Anything less and it'll be dead on arrival due to the extra costs of the movies and equipment with very little benefit over Blu-ray.
However, if the studios insist on PPV or downloadable files off the internet... prepare to be extremely underwhelmed just like so-called "1080p" content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!