Disney+ is going live today, and it incorporates an unexpected perk: the first 4K versions of a few Star Wars movies, including the original trilogy. Episodes I: The Phantom Menace through VII: The Force Awakens is all accessible to watch with Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos support. There’s additionally a 4K HDR version of Rogue One, however, Solo and Episode VIII: The Last Jedi isn’t yet on the new service.
“We have actually been spending a lot of time getting the movies and TV shows as appropriate, upgraded and ready to be viewed in that format,” Disney streaming services head Michael Paull said at a media event attended by The Verge in New York City last week. “We are working very very hard at making as much a selection as possible of our programming [available] in 4K UHD.”
The Verge has affirmed through first-hand viewing that the versions of the original trilogy are the 1997 “special editions,” which is frustrating however obvious. In the event that people have been holding on to see Han shoot first in 4K, continue waiting.
All things considered, this is the first time when that most Star Wars films have ever had a 4K release at all, which is a critical bonus for Disney+ subscribers. The Force Awakens and Rogue One are accessible on 4K Blu-ray, however the original trilogy and the prequels have never wandered past HD resolution — and until further notice, the best way to watch the new masters will be Disney+.
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