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First Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs announced

Not exactly the titles I had in mind, but we'll take 'em anyway

By Ben Gourlay | Mar 28, 2017 10:48 pm CDT (1 min, 24 secs reading time)

Included in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray specification for over a year but thus far unused by any commercial discs, the first Dolby Vision encoded discs are set to arrive in June from Universal.

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Unfortunately, they're not necessarily blockbuster titles that screams out for such special treastment, nonetheless, the inclusion of the HDR standard on the re-release of 'Despicable Me' and its sequel 'Despicable Me 2' on the 4K standard is a welcome one, which should serve to iron out instances of color banding which can be prevalent on CG animated discs

While there are no Ultra HD Blu-ray players available today that can play back the Dolby Vision HDR layer, second generation players such as the Oppo UDP-203 released late last year will soon enjoy full support via an upcoming firmware update. Early adopters who don't have a compatible TV, or Ultra HD Blu-ray player will still be able to decode the standard HDR-10 layer, which is mandatory for all Dolby Vision titles.

'Despicable Me' and 'Despicable Me 2' are currently available to pre-order from Amazon for $39.98 each, with a release date of June 6th.

Ben Gourlay

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ben Gourlay

Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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