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New Rogue One Trailer on the way. Trailer 2 drops on July 15th.

Rogue One

Rogue One

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is in London from July 15th to 17th and it is widely expected that a new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be shown to fans attending the event.

Making Star Wars has found that a 3 minute trailer for Rogue One will air on ABC from 8 PM – 9:01 PM EST during the special “Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey.

I will have the trailer on the site as soon as I can, and Disney is usually pretty good at including the PCM 5.1 tracks in their press kits. However, at 3 minutes this is not a theatrical trailer so there is no guarantee what we will have in terms of audio. Either way, I will add it to the site as soon as I can.

I have been reading that there is some concern over the quality of the film, a large number of re-shoots, and perhaps a change in tone of the film to be more family friendly than a “war film” as described by director Gareth Edwards. I thought that the first trailer looked fantastic, so I hope the new one keeps that same level of tone and intensity.

In the meanwhile, you can get the 5.1 version of Trailer 1 at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story page, including 3D and Lossless Audio versions.

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Superbowl TV Spots 2

Below are the Superbowl TV spots for Independence Day: ResurgenceX-Men: Apocalypse10 Cloverfield Lane, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. My favorite is Independence Day: Resurgence since it has a great tie in with the Superbowl.

Independence Day: Resurgence

X-Men: Apocalypse

10 Cloverfield Lane

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

That is it for today. I have a lot of interesting format trailers coming soon – IMAX, Dolby Cinema, Christie, etc, and more 3D as well!


4K UHD Blu-ray discs to be available March 1, 2016

4K UHD Blu-ray

4K UHD Blu-ray

4K UHD goes from streaming to high quality physical media

March 1 is now less than 3 weeks away, and this is the day when the first batch of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs hit the streets, in what promises to be the best video presentation in the home to-date. Physical media, not being constrained by the bandwidth limitations of streaming services are best suited for the large file size and bit rate of 4K Ultra HD video. The UHD Blu-ray spec allows for three disc sizes: 50GB with 82 Mbps bitrate, 66GB with 108 Mbps, and 100GB with 128 Mbps.  For comparison, Netflix streams 4K somewhere around 15 Mbps.

 

HDR – What is that all about?

You may have heard the term HDR being used a lot lately. HDR is “High Dynamic Range”, and many of the first UHD Blu-ray discs to be available will be mastered with HDR. This provides a greater level of contrast – whiter whites, and blacker blacks, for a more life like picture. While the discs will be HDR, and UHD players HDR compatible, current 4K TVs for the most part — are not. So, if you are in the market for purchasing a 4K TV, you may want to wait until later in the year, because HDR will be what you want. If you already made the jump to a 4K TV….well, things will still look good until you upgrade. If you do not care about HDR, you may also be able to save quite a bit on existing sets once the certified sets hit the market.

I want to buy a new 4K TV, how can I tell if it meets the HDR standard?

Ultra HD Premium

Ultra HD Premium

The easiest way to be certain, is to look for this logo. The “Ultra HD Premium” Logo will appear with TVs that meet the HDR standard set out by the UHD Alliance. Just to add some confusion, there is also Dolby Vision, which is Dolby’s version of HDR. Dolby Vision has support from LG, TCL, and Vizio on the manufacturing side, and Universal, Warner, MGM, and Sony on the studio side. Dolby Vision is a more advanced spec, and requires compatible Blu-ray players as well as Dolby Vision mastered content. The good news is that Dolby Vision equipment still meets the Ultra HD Premium standard – but not the other way around.

Dolby Vision will likely come with a higher price tag to Ultra HD Premium. So, if you are interested in getting the best possible picture and are not concerned with the cost – waiting for the Dolby Vision TVs, Blu-ray players, and Blu-ray discs may be your best option.

4K UHD Blu-ray discs available for pre-order

If you have a 4K TV and want to start watching content on March 1, there are several titles available for pre-order, including The Martian, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Hitman: Agent 47. You can pre-order those (and more) here: 4K UHD Pre-Orders

4K UHD Blu-ray players available for pre-order

Samsung UBD-K8500

Samsung UBD-K8500

The first 4K Ultra HD Player from Samsung – the UBD-K8500 is also available for pre-order here: 4K UHD Blu-ray players

Watch out for 4K Upscaling players!

A warning on players!  There are a lot of Blu-ray players out there that are listed as 4K Upscaling players. Those are not 4K UHD players. Those have software that convert a 1080p source to 4K. They are not native resolution, and will not playback any 4K UHD Blu-ray discs.

 

I hope that this information has been useful to you. It is always confusing when new standards and products hit the market, and I wanted this post to clarify some new concepts without being too detailed. If you think that I have made any errors in my assessment please let me know.


IMAX Pre-Show Trailers are on the way 2

IMAX

IMAX

I have been working on few IMAX pre-show trailers over the past few months. I must admit, I got started on this and then got a bit distracted. However, I am working on putting these together and in some multiple formats – PS3 compatible and HTPC versions much like the other demo trailers on this site.

I found a multi channel source of ‘Never Compromise’ which many have asked for, but it needs some adjustments. The surrounds seem too loud, or the narration in the centre channel is too low. One interesting point is that it is 5.0, not 5.1. Needless to say, the rumble of the jet engine is not very convincing. So I am working on a better mix for use in home theaters – that mix may be perfectly fine for an IMAX theatre, which has much larger speakers than what people are using at home. This will be available in 1080p and 4K as well.

In terms of Theatrical Trailers, there has not been a lot of new content available as of the past couple of weeks. Angry Birds Trailer 3 will be up soon, although I have had some syncing issues with the audio. It is fine in the beginning and the end, but off in the middle. I spent way too much time trying to figure out why, and I am just going to start over on that one.


Batman vs. Superman Trailer 2

Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice

The latest trailer for Batman vs. Superman has been released by Warner Bros. I will need to do some work on it, and I will be uploading it later today. I would expect it around 8PM EST – if all goes well. To be notified when it is ready for download, you can subscribe to this site, or follow me on facebook at facebook.com/thedigitaltheater


Site Update – Please Read 19

Hello,

Thank you for visiting this site. I launched this site back in July (the 4 month anniversary is today!) and I have received a response that exceeded my expectations. There are people who come to this site whom I now communicate with on a near daily basis. People come here from all over the world to share their love of film, technology, audio, etc. I have learned a lot over the past four months and I am sure the next 4 months will be just as exciting.

Background

I want to give you a bit of information as to where things stand in terms of the current infrastructure. Thedigitaltheater.com is currently on a shared hosting platform that has a 20GB storage allocation, and unlimited bandwidth (the amount of data visitors can download). That 20GB allocation is 97% full. The 20GB consists primarily of .mp4 files with AC3 audio. When I started this site, that was my focus since one of my frustrations was being able to obtain trailers or demo files that would play on the PS3. I am do not want to move away from that. Continue reading “Site Update – Please Read” »


Warcraft Trailer Drops on Friday

Warcraft Movie Poster

Warcraft

The first trailer for Warcraft (2016) drops on Friday. I have set up the Warcraft page, which obviously does not have the trailers yet. It does have a link to the 3158 × 5000 Warcraft One Sheet, which you can see to the Left.

I do expect to have this trailer with multi channel audio, but it likely will not be until after 7pm Eastern on Friday. And I can not guarantee that Universal will provide anything other than a stereo track. They usually provide more, so I am optimistic.  To be notified when the trailer is available on the site, complete with 5.1 audio, you can subscribe to the site, or follow us on Facebook

I have been working on my review of Terminator: Genisys and it is taking a lot longer than I expected. I hope to have that finished tomorrow if all goes well.

 


Terminator Genisys Blu-Ray details 1

Terminator Genisys Box Art

Terminator Genisys Box Art

Paramount has issued the details of the upcoming 3D and 2D release of Terminator Genisys – complete with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, which is available on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on November 10th. You can pre-order from these links:

Terminator Genisys 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) $26.86

Terminator Genisys (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) $19.57

If you live where you can access Amazon instant video, you can watch it now:

Terminator: Genisys Amazon Instant Video

Here are the details on the Blu-ray releases:

The TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs with Digital HD include nearly an hour of bonus content, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, including the director of the first two films, James Cameron.

The Blu-ray Combo Packs also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack*, which delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.

TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray Combo Pack

The TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos* (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:

Blu-ray

  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Family Dynamics – Casting Terminator Genisys and how the actors filled some of the most iconic roles in cinematic history
    • Infiltration and Termination – Go behind-the-scenes to San Francisco and New Orleans in a first-hand look at filming locations
    • Upgrades: VFX of Terminator Genisys – Delve into the revolutionary visual effects behind the movie’s incredible action sequences

DVD

  • Feature film in standard definition

TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos* (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase include a Digital HD Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a way to collect, access and enjoy movies.  With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them—reliably and securely—to a variety of devices.

You can pre-order these from Amazon:
Terminator Genisys 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) $26.86

Terminator Genisys (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) $19.57

I will be reviewing this film to provide my comments on the 2D picture quality and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack later this week. I really need to upgrade to Atmos…