Ultra HD Blu-ray is finally here, with both discs and players available for purchase. This Tuesday, March 1 will see the release of a dozen titles in the new format featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks.
The dozen movies are Sicario (Lionsgate), Ender’s Game (Lionsgate), The Expendables 3 (Lionsgate), Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.), San Andreas (Warner Bros.), Pan (Warner Bros.), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony), Salt (Sony), Hancock (Sony), Chappie (Sony), Pineapple Express (Sony), and The Smurfs 2 (Sony).
Considering that the HD Blu-ray Atmos catalog currently stands at 34 total titles, a dozen Atmos Ultra HD Blu-ray titles is actually a good start. A 13th title, Concussion, will be released with an Atmos soundtrack on March 29.
March will also see the release of three HD Blu-ray Atmos titles, namely In the Heart of the Sea (Warner Bros.) on March 8, Game of Thrones Season 5 (HBO) on March 15, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Lionsgate) on March 22. With these releases, the HD Blu-ray Atmos catalog will reach 37 titles.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that 14 UHD movies with Atmos sound are available to stream on on Vudu. Notably, all the titles come from Warner Brothers. Those movies are: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Gallows, San Andreas, American Sniper, Man of Steel, Jupiter Ascending, Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Storm, Pan, Entourage, We Are Your Friends, Pacific Rim, and In the Heart of the Sea.
Are you excited about the potential of Ultra-HD Blu-ray with Atmos? Do you think that Ultra HD Blu-ray will overtake HD Blu-ray when it comes to the total number of titles with Atmos sound? Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.