4K Mastered Movies

Django Unchained - Mastered in 4KWhile the majority of movies are mastered in 2K resolutions more and more are mastered in 4K resolutions. These films could be the first to be available in the 4K UHDTV (2160p) resolution on 4K TVs without upscaling (and they are the only movies which make full use of cinemas with 4K projectors).

You can view a list of the currently available “Mastered in 4K” discs here.

The following list shows a selection of movies that were or will be mastered in 4K resolutions:

  • 30 Minutes Or Less
  • About Last Night
  • After Earth
  • Angels & Demons
  • April Showers
  • Argo
  • Bad Teacher
  • Batman Begins
  • Battle Los Angeles
  • Burlesque
  • Captain Phillips
  • Casanova
  • Casino Royale
  • Che: Part One
  • Che: Part Two
  • Country Strong
  • Did You Hear About The Morgans?
  • Django Unchained
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Get Low
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Hancock
  • How Do You Know
  • Inception
  • Lincoln
  • Magic Mike
  • Moneyball
  • No Good Deed
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Poseidon
  • Premium Rush
  • Priest
  • Reach For Me
  • Restless
  • RV
  • Salt
  • Skyfall
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Stealth
  • Straw Dogs
  • That’s My Boy
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Bounty Hunter
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
  • The Green Hornet
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Master
  • The Other Guys
  • The Smurfs 2
  • The Soloist
  • The Tourist
  • True Grit
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

What is “Mastered in 4K”?

The term “Mastered in 4K” was invented by Sony and describes a Blu-ray disc in Full HD (1920×1080) format that has been remastered from an Ultra High Definition source. That means a “Mastered in 4K” disc is not True 4K content, the content is just derived from a 4K source.

“Mastered in 4K” movies are therefore optimized for upscaling, which probably will look better than a standard Blu-ray on the same 4k television. Nevertheless “Mastered in 4K” discs can also be viewed on HDTVs.

Mastered in 4K vs. True 4K

Unlike “Mastered in 4K”, True 4K is content which is mastered and stored in the 4K resolution. It is not upscaled. True 4K is often referred to as Native 4K. Since True 4K content requires significantly more data storage then 1080p, the HEVC compression standard (H.265) was invented by the ITU. Through HEVC it might be possible to fit True 4K content on a Blu-ray disc.

You can view a list of “Mastered in 4K” discs here.

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  • DougP

    Interesting point to note – some Sony 4K products (at least their 4K projectors) actually utilize(possibly detect?) this mastering.
    Basically, as Sony created & knows the algorithm to take the 4K master to 1080p they know best method to ‘reverse’ & have algorithm to produce the best “restored” 4K from these sources.

    Mentioning this as I’m looking at some 4K Sony projectors at the moment & saw that they have the mode specifically to upscale these.

    That is potentially an advantage for Sony… & gives some w/a library which contains these “Mastered in 4K” discs a longer viewing life.

  • NoMoLies

    This is a bunch of marketing bullshit. 1080p is 1080p, whether or not it was mastered in from a 2k or 4k source. If a so-called “4k mastered” Blu-ray looks better than a previous version of the Blu-ray disk it simply means they did a crappy job of mastering the Blu-ray in the first place. A Blu-ray disk mastered from a quality 2K source will look every bit as good as one mastered from a quality 4k source. 2k is higher resolution than Blu-ray’s 1080P (1920×1080), so there is no way to pick up any additional information from a higher resolution source. It’s simple math really. This is all deceptive advertising.

    • Harvester of Sorrow

      you’re an idiot and this is a little more than your brain can handle.