Disney 4k March 2020 Releases

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All titles to be released March 3rd with the exception of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST which will be March 10th

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  1. Robert Crawford

    And all will be available to view on Disney+ in 4K/Dolby Vision at some point.;)

    Will be? Except for the live-action Beauty and the Beast, all of the those titles were available in 4K on D+ at launch.

  2. March 3 is timed perfectly for the remaining Pixar titles to street to ride the wave of promotion for the release of Pixar's Onward, which will be in theaters on March 6. It is directed by Dan Scanlon, who directed Monsters University.

    I'm not 4K-equipped right now, but never got the Signature re-release of Beauty and the Beast. So I might pick this up, especially if there is a steelbook option. It would look nice between my The Little Mermaid and Aladdin steelbooks; I've always considered those three films as a loose "trilogy" of Menken/Ashman collaborations. I have been meaning to double dip on that for its new extras anyway and future-proofing in 4K makes more sense than getting another DVD.

    The others are things I would want in 4K if I ever get a player, but the Blu-rays would not give me any content I don't already have, so I can pass on the rest. But it's good to see Disney putting the rest of these out on 4K for those who can use them.

  3. No pre-order listings up at Best Buy yet. It's still early, but since they've had all the other recent Disney steelbooks, I assume that if there are going to be exclusive steelbooks, it would probably be there. The last time a store other than Best Buy stocked a Disney steelbook was November 2016 with the original Blu-ray release of Finding Dory, when Target had the steelbook.

  4. Robert Crawford

    Physical is nicer for all of us, but unfortunately, pricing does play a part in such decisions.

    Never, ever said or claimed it didn't. That's why I was just able to round out my Marvel 4k collection, along with the Pixar catalogue 4k titles and the Disney animation 4k's released this fall.

    This group of titles, plus Maleficent 2, is going to be far cheaper than the last batch. 😎

  5. I'm willing to pay a bit of a premium for physical media if it's something that I really like. For example, I've pre-ordered the BB 4K Skywalker Saga set, because those films are important to me. Hopefully it'll come down in price a bit before release date.

    I've found that my digital purchases are almost always limited to films that are not available in HD or films that I'm not particularly attached to, but can get for a good price.

  6. Jason_V

    Never, ever said or claimed it didn't. That's why I was just able to round out my Marvel 4k collection, along with the Pixar catalogue 4k titles and the Disney animation 4k's released this fall.

    This group of titles, plus Maleficent 2, is going to be far cheaper than the last batch. 😎

    I never said you did. I'm just saying that physical disc is better than steaming for all of us. However, it's getting harder to distinguish the difference between the two especially for those of us that don't have projection screens. Streaming has made significant improvements over the last decade.

  7. On another note, does anyone find it odd that Russell is the only character on the box for Up? This is not new — it has also been that way for the last couple of Blu-ray repackagings — but it strikes me as unusual. Carl is the protagonist, not Russell. Yes, Russell is a kid and therefore likelier to appeal to kids who might see it on store shelves and beg for it. But if you're only going to pick one character to represent Up, it's pretty clear who that should be. The obvious solution is to go with something more like the original Blu-ray cover which had Carl, Russell, Dug and the house with the balloons, but that would throw off the bland cover pattern for all of these reissues.

  8. dpippel

    I'm willing to pay a bit of a premium for physical media if it's something that I really like. For example, I've pre-ordered the BB 4K Skywalker Saga set, because those films are important to me. Hopefully it'll come down in price a bit before release date.

    I've found that my digital purchases are almost always limited to films that are not available in HD or films that I'm not particularly attached to, but can get for a good price.

    Same here! The only March title for me that meets that criteria is "Beauty and the Beast".

  9. On another semi-related note about Disney catalog releases, Beauty and the Beast is getting a UHD upgrade for its previous Signature Collection release, and that reminded me of something.

    As of right now, the only title in the Platinum/Diamond lineup that has not yet had a Blu-ray re-release under the Signature Collection name is The Jungle Book. Although it is on Disney+ for streaming, it remains out of print on physical media.

    They rushed out Aladdin, 101 Dalmatians and Sleeping Beauty last fall to get one last bite at the physical media apple in the weeks prior to the Disney+ launch, but nothing so far about The Jungle Book. It would be really odd if it doesn't return to print next year to finish off the Signature Collection and make all of these crown jewel titles available again for those that want it. I have the previous Diamond release, so I'm probably good, but The Jungle Book is one of my favorite Walt-era classics and I would like to see it return to availability.

    The 2016 version of The Jungle Book is probably due a UHD release, as well. The 1967 one probably won't get one, unfortunately, as Disney has demonstrated a refusal to release Walt-era titles on UHD thus far. But they should do at least a new Blu-ray for 1967 and a UHD release for 2016. Maybe on the same day like the Sleeping Beauty Signature and Maleficent UHD.

  10. WALL·E is a day one purchase for me. I only have it on DVD.

    Jake Lipson

    On another note, does anyone find it odd that Russell is the only character on the box for Up? This is not new — it has also been that way for the last couple of Blu-ray repackagings — but it strikes me as unusual. Carl is the protagonist, not Russell.

    I'm sure Disney has done market research proving parents making casual purchases for their children are more likely to buy something with a picture of a kid on it than a picture of an old man.

  11. Jake Lipson

    The 2016 version of The Jungle Book is probably due a UHD release, as well. The 1967 one probably won't get one, unfortunately, as Disney has demonstrated a refusal to release Walt-era titles on UHD thus far. But they should do at least a new Blu-ray for 1967 and a UHD release for 2016. Maybe on the same day like the Sleeping Beauty Signature and Maleficent UHD.

    The 2016 verson of The Jungle Book was announced long ago as a UHD release, and has release date January 14.

  12. Robert Crawford

    As well as storage space.:)

    …and more flexible viewing options for those of us who travel a lot. 😉

    I still like my discs, but there are several reasons outlined here where digital offers advantages over those shiny round things.

  13. My New Years resolution is to buy more streaming digital than discs.

    I recently bought the entire Bond series for $99 on iTunes.

    I have just run out of room for discs.

    However, that resolution comes with guidelines…

    The streaming purchases will be mostly catalog titles

    I will continue buying new blockbuster titles that have Atmos tracks (usually not available on steams)d

  14. Ronald Epstein

    My New Years resolution is to buy more streaming digital than discs.

    I recently bought the entire Bond series for $99 on iTunes.

    I have just run out of room for discs.

    However, that resolution comes with guidelines…

    The streaming purchases will be mostly catalog titles

    I will continue buying new blockbuster titles that have Atmos tracks (usually not available on steams)d

    I am already buying more streaming than discs, both with catalog titles and new releases. I start considering a digital purchase once a 4K title falls to $10 or less before the 4K/UHD disc falls to under $18, or a HD title falls to $5 or less.

  15. Scott Merryfield

    I am already buying more streaming than discs, both with catalog titles and new releases. I start considering a digital purchase once a 4K title falls to $10 or less before the 4K/UHD disc falls to under $18, or a HD title falls to $5 or less.

    Scott,

    What is the difference in price between a new streaming 4k release vs. disc?

  16. Ronald Epstein

    Scott,

    What is the difference in price between a new streaming 4k release vs. disc?

    Most 4K on iTunes usually fall to $9.99 a month or so after its release date. It’s a much longer timeline for 4K discs to even get to $19.99.

  17. Robert Crawford

    Most 4K on iTunes usually fall to $9.99 a month or so after its release date. It’s a much longer timeline for 4K discs to even get to $19.99.

    That's great news! So, with a slight wait, I will be paying $10 less for a digital copy over the disc.

  18. Ronald Epstein

    That's great news! So, with a slight wait, I will be paying $10 less for a digital copy over the disc.

    At least that much as 4K discs don’t usually discount much unless there is a sale like Black Friday sales.

  19. Ronald Epstein

    That's great news! So, with a slight wait, I will be paying $10 less for a digital copy over the disc.

    Since this is a Disney thread, one thing you have to remember about iTunes is that no Disney title is available in 4K on iTunes. The reason being is Disney and Apple are in dispute about Apple's policy of free 4K upgrade whenever you redeem or purchase a HD Digital title on iTunes that later becomes available in 4K. Furthermore, Disney Digital titles in general don't discount as low as the other studios. Usually the lowest pricing is $14.99 with some exceptions. That's on both Vudu and iTunes. Again, no 4K Disney titles available on iTunes, but are so on Vudu because Vudu doesn't have that free 4K upgrade.

  20. Ronald Epstein

    Scott,

    What is the difference in price between a new streaming 4k release vs. disc?

    Just to expand on @Robert Crawford 's replies, while a streaming 4K release will usually be $19.99 at release (versus $29.99 for a UHD disc), the price on the digital version will drop a lot quicker than the disc. A wait of a month or two will usually get the price under $10 — and sometimes a little more patience will get you to $5 – $7. Meanwhile, the UHD disc will quite likely still be over $20, unless it's during the holiday sales season. That's why I wait to buy most of my discs around the Thanksgiving sales.

    Robert Crawford

    Since this is a Disney thread, one thing you have to remember about iTunes is that no Disney title is available in 4K on iTunes. The reason being is Disney and Apple are in dispute about Apple's policy of free 4K upgrade whenever you redeem or purchase a HD Digital title on iTunes that later becomes available in 4K. Furthermore, Disney Digital titles in general don't discount as low as the other studios. Usually the lowest pricing is $14.99 with some exceptions. That's on both Vudu and iTunes. Again, no 4K available on iTunes, but are so on Vudu because they don't have that free 4K upgrade.

    This is the reason why I have yet to buy a digital version of any Disney title, and will just rely on the Disney+ subscription for these titles in 4K for the next three years that I have the subscription price paid for at under $4 per month. After that time, I will determine if the subscription is still worth it to me at whatever renewal price is available then. The only Disney films I have in my digital library are from discs that came with a digital code.

    Disney's disc prices usually do not drop quickly, either. The only titles of theirs I own on UHD are some Marvel titles (plus the last Star Wars film and Toy Story 4) that were discounted during the Thanksgiving / Black Friday time frame the past couple of years. I am not planning on upgrading the catalog titles I already own on BD to UHD. I just am not going to pay Di$ney's normal prices.

  21. Scott Merryfield

    This is the reason why I have yet to buy a digital version of any Disney title, and will just rely on the Disney+ subscription for these titles in 4K for the next three years that I have the subscription price paid for at under $4 per month. After that time, I will determine if the subscription is still worth it to me at whatever renewal price is available then. The only Disney films I have in my digital library are from discs that came with a digital code.

    Disney's disc prices usually do not drop quickly, either. The only titles of theirs I own on UHD are some Marvel titles that were discounted during the Thanksgiving / Black Friday time frame the past couple of years. I just am not going to pay Di$ney's normal prices.

    Scott,

    I have edited my previous post that touches on that exact point you're making about Disney 4K titles.:)

  22. I refuse to join the Disney Movie Club again as I do know many HTF members take advantage of that membership. For me, last year I took advantage of some Target "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sales they had when it comes to Disney titles. The pricing isn't nearly as good as the Disney Movie Club, but it's good enough for me.

  23. tns49

    You didn't may it clear, are both version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Animated and Live) going to be March 10th?

    I am *guessing* both will be released on the same date. I just copied the release information as it was originally conveyed.

  24. I just wonder about the Pixar 4K titles. I even own a few. But these were, to my knowledge, originally rendered digitally in 2k. So, converting them to 4K makes me wonder if they were entirely re-computer rendered, or if this is just a pixel upsampling done. If it is just some sort of upsampling, I don’t know how different these really are from what is already in the market.

  25. mattCR

    I just wonder about the Pixar 4K titles. I even own a few. But these were, to my knowledge, originally rendered digitally in 2k. So, converting them to 4K makes me wonder if they were entirely re-computer rendered, or if this is just a pixel upsampling done. If it is just some sort of upsampling, I don't know how different these really are from what is already in the market.

    They're definitely upscales. There's just no way that Disney would go the trouble and expense of re-rendering these films in true 4K.

  26. dpippel

    They're definitely upscales. There's just no way that Disney would go the trouble and expense of re-rendering these films in true 4K.

    They would have to remake Toy Story from scratch to get it into "True" 4k.

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