4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Movies….What?

In 4K Blu-Ray Players, 4K Movies/ Content, 4K News, Uncategorized by Matt Bronowicz2 Comments

Stunning Picture

OK,…we have regular DVD movies and we have Blu-ray disc movies.  So then, what the heck is 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies?

Well, for starters they are absolutely incredible and stunning!  And, there is a technical difference between 1080 HD, DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and 4K UHD Blu-ray.  Pretty confusing, ey!?  We agree.

Let’s, break it down for you.  To begin, you must have a 4K television obviously to enjoy the benefits of ‘anything’ 4K including movie discs.

Below is an image that shows the difference between SD, 4K Ultra HD and HD-1080p.  This screen won’t do it justice.  The best way is to actually go to your local electronics store (Best Buy) and ask them to show you an example of what 4K Ultra HD blu-ray is.  Then, you will see exactly what we are talking about.  The picture image quality is exceptional, sharp, crisp, defined and blows away any other images on the screen.

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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs reveal more colors than you’ve ever seen on screen before.  Supporting resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 pixels, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs feature four times as many pixels as Full HD for a sharper, clearer image. Plus, HDR gives more shades of light and dark to make it seem less like looking at a screen and more like looking out a window.

Manufacturers of Blu-ray will still continue to produce plain old Blu-ray movie discs obviously because the majority of consumers don’t all have 4K televisions and 4K blu-ray players (yet).

In 2016, Blu-ray began to produce 4K Blu-ray players along with 4K Blu-ray movie discs.


One major benefit of 4K Blu-ray movies is that you don’t rely on a high-bandwidth Internet connection to watch your favorite titles in stunning 4K Ultra HD.  Meaning that if you have a 4K TV, much of the available 4K content can be obtained via streaming from Netflix or Amazon.  But, in order to watch this 4K content via the streaming method…you must have a fast enough internet speed to handle the massive amount of data contained in all 4K movies/shows.  Therefore, by getting your hands on a 4K Blu-ray disc, you eliminate that need for highspeed internet.

Featuring four times as many pixels as Full HD,  4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs deliver the clearest, most realistic video possible.  This is no under-statement.  We have a 4K Blu-ray players and have watched many 4K Blu-ray movies in 2016 in order to produce reviews and help educate YOU via our informational site here at:  WWW.4KADVICE.COM.

The Future of High Definition

When you purchase a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, you’re preparing your movie collection for the future.  With 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, one package gives you three ways to watch:
digital HD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Three formats means more flexibility for where you can watch your favorites movies and shows.

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You can experience these breathtakingly life like images at home with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player paired with your 4K Ultra HD TV.  Play your 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, stream 4K media, or continue to watch your older Blu-ray Discs and DVDs.  These players can handle it all!  This is very good for consumers who still have plenty of ‘older’ Blu-ray discs along with the option of renting regular Blu-ray movies at your local Walgreens RedBox.

Another feature of these 4K UHD Blu-ray players is that they have the awesome ability of what is called:  UPCONVERTING or UPSCALING.  What this does is make your standard media look better, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays brighter whites, deeper blacks, and more shades in between.  Upconverting is very important because of the kind of equipment the film was ‘mastered’ in.  Or, simply how they filmed/recorded the movie or TV show.  Today, in late 2016…most movies/shows are still filmed in 2K. Which is around 1080p pixel number.

The industry rounds up the pixel amount from 1080 to 2,000  (nick-named 2K).  This is the same for 4K.  The pixel count is actually 3,820, but rounded upward to “4K” to make is simpler and easier to remember.  Or, perhaps to look better since all that is important when it comes to large manufacturers like SONY is marketing and advertising.  This is exactly why a lot of this new 4K ‘talk’ has become confusing.  The companies competing have started to make up their own little terms or nick-names to sound better or more advanced. For example, UHD – Ultra High Definition or “4K UHD” apparently sounds more techy advanced than just “4K”.  But, in reality they are both the same.

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As an important reminder, none of this equipment matters or becomes truly REAL, unless they are filming and mastering the movie using real 4K cameras.  Currently, they do not because switching large networks of cameras and equipment from 2K machine to 4K machine is astronomically expensive.  However, it WILL happen in the future.  Eventually, everything will be filmed in 4K, but it might take another 5-10 years before this happens.  In the meantime, we search for and enjoy those few movies that are shot in 4K.  And, they are worth the wait and the hunt.

So, the next best thing to accommodate 4K quality content is to take 1080 HD and Upscale it using computers and digital software.  This is exactly what Blu-ray did/does to create what they now call 4K UHD Blu-ray discs.  They are taking a movie filmed in 2K and using computers to produce a 4K image, then putting it on disc.  Whereas, the original Blu-ray…is simply native 2K.


Then, we also have the benefit of your 4K television also using upconverting or upscaling to produce a much better, sharper ultra high definition picture image.  4K TVs are not able to upconvert a 2K- 1080HD movie to full 3,820- 4K status.  But, they are able to upscale somewhere in between.  Which in the end, is still making your movie look significantly higher quality than just 2K or 1080HD.  For example, we estimate that upconverting brings a 1080p HD movie that you rent on DVD to about 2,700 to 3,000 pixels on average.  It all depends on how it was filmed and how good your TV is.  They do all differ and if you are serious about your technology like we are,…its worth doing the research to know exactly what you are watching or want to watch in the future.

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  1. What is best place to buy 4K TVs with the lowest rates. I see Amazon links posted….is this best, cheapest place you recommend? Same for 4K real movies.. Where can I buy these?

  2. Hi Adam,

    Yes we found that Amazon overall has the best prices and largest assortment of 4K TVs and cameras on the market. Their shipping is reliable when it comes to shipping such a large, fragile order such as a 65 inch TV. Plus, their Amazon Prime program cannot be beat anywhere else. Two day shipping guaranteed for the entire year…(free) within the membership is well worth it (price of membership which was raised to $99 a year, I believe). You get extra deals, alerts, and more benefits with the PRIME membership. We highly recommend this and Amazon for 4K equipment purchases.

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