Given that the saturation of 4K Ultra HD entertainment hardware/discs continues to make its way deeper & deeper into the homes of the general public, this rumor shouldn’t come as a real eye-opener. But when considering the combination of Star Wars and the enhanced benefits of 4K technology, it makes for an exciting update regardless.
According to The Digital Bits, Disney will be releasing director Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi in 4K Ultra HD in conjunction with the film’s standard Blu-ray and DVD editions sometime in 2018. The rumor states that all three editions of Episode VIII will be available for purchase on the same day, giving fans a nice selection of viewing options to choose from.
We’ve already seen reports of 4K Ultra HD versions of the Original Trilogy in existence, thought no such reports have been made when it comes to the Prequels, The Force Awakens, or Rogue One (at least at this time).
As you can see below, TDB makes it very clear from the outset that we should consider this nothing more than rumor material right now, but if I were a betting man…
THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL, so I want to be very clear about that. It’s a rumor and nothing should be considered confirmed until the studio makes its official announcement. But… I’ve now gotten word from no less than five international and domestic retail sources that say Disney and Lucasfilm will release Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi on 4K Ultra HD day and date with Blu-ray and DVD early next year.
We don’t have a street date, but given typical home video widows, 2nd Quarter 2018 seems a good estimate. The only other UHD details we have at the moment are that the film was finished to a full native 4K Digital Intermediate and that the 4K disc is likely to have Dolby Atmos audio. Don’t ask us about Rogue One or The Force Awakens or A New Hope coming to 4K yet because we have no idea. And again, let me qualify that THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL. But as mentioned, we’ve heard it from five separate retail sources now and we have confidence that it has a high likelihood of being true. Indeed, listings for the title have now appeared here on CDON.se and here on DiscShop.se as well, both reputable Swedish retailers. Based on those retailers, it also appears that there will be regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD SKUs as well, and that the Blu-rays are likely to feature DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes.