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Updated: Rumour: Disney is Halting Production of 4K Blu-Rays

 Rumour: Disney is Halting Production of 4K Blu-Rays

We may never get Aliens on 4K.

It now seems increasingly unlikely that we will ever see Aliens, Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection on 4K Blu-Ray. A new report coming out this week says that Disney has halted production of future physical 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays of films in its back catalogue including films from Disney and the recently acquired 20th Century Fox.

The Digital Bits reports that Disney will continue to release physical media for the likes of Star Wars, Marvel and animated Disney and Pixar films. The exception to this might be James Cameron’s Avatar and you never know, he might push them to get Aliens released in 4K.

Some of the decision is down to the recent pandemic but probably down to Disney pushing it’s streaming platform Disney+ even further. The problem is a lot of films in 20th Century Fox’s back catalogue are not exactly family-friendly and not what you’d find on Disney+. So for those films like Fight Club and Aliens, not only will we never see them in physical 4K but they may never be released in 4K digitally either.

 Rumour: Disney is Halting Production of 4K Blu-Rays

Disney are currently testing the waters with the recent Mulan film by releasing it on their Disney+ platform for a premium fee rather than theatrically. It’s due to be released in September on their streaming platform while for territories without Disney+ like China, it will still get a theatrical release there. I guess if it’s successful, more films may go straight to Disney+.

I guess we were fortunate to receive Alien in 4K in 2019 as well as all the Predator films in 2018 but I always hoped they would release a special 4K Set compromising of all the Alien films. Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection were always going to be longshots but I would have thought Aliens was popular enough to warrant a 4K release. There are some rumours circulating that Disney may be open to licensing its back catalogue to independent studios like Criterion, Shout! Factory, and Arrow. Those studios are producing some great sets like the recently announced 16-Disc Friday 13th set from Shout! Factory.

Update 13/08/20: In a statement issued to Forbes, Disney has said they have no plans to stop releasing physical 4K films:

“There are no plans to discontinue releases in a particular format. We evaluate each release on a case by case basis and pursue the best strategy to bring our content into consumer homes across platforms that meet a variety of demands.”



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  1. The Eighth Passenger
    This is no loss, Films of a certain age, including the Alien movies, looks bad in that high quality anyway.

    Completely kills the movie magic.
    This is very not true.

    I think it is, The light looks very artifical all of a sudden, the sets looks fake and the alien suit looks more rubery.

    Like the film wasn't intended to be shown in that level of detail. I loathe the soap opera effect you see sometimes. I never go higher than DVD format in movies made before 2000.

    Film sets and props were built as good back then as they are today. Actually they were often superior back then. Compare for example the Space Jockey prop from Alien that was partially sculpted and painted by Giger himself to the plasticity looking monotone Jockey prop from Prometheus. Or Giger's hand-sculpted and airbrushed Alien eggs to the 3D printed ones from Alien Covenant.

    And Blade Runner's sets still blows anything else from today completely out of the water.
     
  2. 426Buddy
    The smooth motion effect on your TV is what creates the soap opera look, not the resolution. You can turn it off, i never have it on.

    Alien looks great in 4k and loses no charm.
  3. TC
    The only one that I though benefitted from it where documentaries and actual on-site footage prodcutions, with little to none props and sets. (thats the stuff that ages most badly in higer quality) Like Baraka.

    You keep mentioning props and sets. I remember when TV was transitioning from standard definition to HD, there were many TV makeup and hair, wardrobe, art directors, props persons, etc that were worried about the increase in detail that was required of their work.

    But I don't believe the advent of 4K video caused the same concern among feature film workers, mainly because 35mm film has always been an equivalent 4K (and HDR) format.

    TC
  4. bobby brown
    Would I have strong feelings about the subject if I hadn't?

    Seen some in 4K,others in 1080 and that jazz.

    The only one that I though benefitted from it where documentaries and actual on-site footage productions, with little to none props and sets. (thats the stuff that ages most badly in higer quality) Like Baraka.

    I am a little curious on Apocalypse Now though, as that movie utilized a lot of unsimulated locations.
  5. SiL
    So you haven't seen the film in 4K, but you know it looks worse?

    It was shot on 35mm film and displayed in both 35mm and 70mm. The resolution of 35mm is approximately 6K, 70mm is enormous and requires special projectors. It 100% was meant to be seen in that level of detail -- and more.

    The "Soap opera" look is from the TV, not the film. It's a setting trying to replicate a higher frame rate and is what most shops switch the displays to in-store. Switch it off for a proper cinematic look.
  6. SM
    Might be your telly.

    I've noticed some movies suddenly look like than have very obvious sets or blue screens on some TVs (Star Trek 3 was one and one of the Harry Potter movies was another), but on other TVs look perfectly fine.
  7. bobby brown
    This is no loss, Films of a certain age, including the Alien movies, looks bad in that high quality anyway.

    Completely kills the movie magic.
    This is very not true.

    I think it is, The light looks very artifical all of a sudden, the sets looks fake and the alien suit looks more rubery.

    Like the film wasn't intended to be shown in that level of detail. I loathe the soap opera effect you see sometimes. I never go higher than DVD format in movies made before 2000.
  8. judge death
    And here I was hoping to one day get a good release of alien 3 with david fincher at the helm and even right to reshot if needed and fixing the alien effects as some rumors say they did with some private showings fox did, but I guess that wont happen either :(
  9. Evanus
    Doesn't seem like Disney's interested in releasing the old titles on 4K. We were lucky to get Alien and all Predator films on time.

    And the way it's going right now, I don't see a new Alien film happening anytime soon.
  10. David
    Did Predator 4K + blu ray 4 movie collection released in UK (or Europe as a whole) ?

    Maybe they will release 4K alien films ( as well as AvPs - I hope ) when the next Alien film hits the theaters.
  11. Drukathi
    I only care about the blu-ray of Alien franchise and the Predator in second place.

    But even without (before) Disney - Alien 4K is reality. Aliens 4K - a probable reality. But Alien 3 / Resurrection are not. These films are simply not popular enough. As a last resort, we could get a lazy 4K upscale. Nobody will bother with these two.
  12. SiL
    They changed the name to 20th Century Studios not too long ago. It's still running their catalogue, just a different name.

    20th Television is a profoundly moronic title I hope they change. The fanfare is still there in both.
  13. SM
    Not overly bothered. If it's Star Wars or Alien or a small handful of other things I'd like a 'hardcopy', but most things I watch once then never again. Streaming's good for that.
  14. Corporal Hicks
    I definitely stream, and typically have a few different services at any given time, but if I like something I want to own it.

    -------

    Streaming absolutely has its place, and I will be the first to vouch for that. But that place isn't as a replacement for physical media, at least for me.

    Agreed. It's the same with gaming and the digital marketplaces. I want to be able to own my games. I want to be able to still play or watch when servers go down, or licensing deals go sour, or Skynet f**king takes over and I've still got some solar panels. I well and truly loathe this digital world when it comes to ownership.
  15. kwisatz
    Completely unintended. I assure you, pal! I own the darn thing on DVD lulz, pink lasers all the way :laugh:

    But that's not the (main) reason for the massive grievances, I hope?


    Here seems to be the problem. Click on a frame and then Preview and with the mouse over the big one. Jaaa... it does look kinda fakey, waxy indeed... probably more so on a good TV.


    https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?a=1&x=350&y=303&d1=11905&d2=11117&s1=117385&s2=109138&l=0&i=10&go=1

    And yea, bluer too..

    Explosion (15) now looks more like a magma blob rolling over the police car   ;D
  16. Nightmare Asylum
    I definitely stream, and typically have a few different services at any given time, but if I like something I want to own it. "Content" (because that's what films and television are being reduced to) can be pulled from a streaming service at any time, or hidden behind an additional paywall as Mulan is now showing. And a 4K disc is going to look and sound better than a 4K stream under most conditions.

    Streaming absolutely has its place, and I will be the first to vouch for that. But that place isn't as a replacement for physical media, at least for me.
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