Fox Ditches Dolby Vision Again For ‘X-Men’ – Forbes

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Fox Ditches Dolby Vision Again For ‘X-Men’ – Forbes

    reviewed here) that supported both of the so-called dynamic HDR formats – the first time Fox had supported Dolby Vision on a disc release, having previously exclusively supported the more basic HDR10 format, or HDR10+. 

    This Alita move means that fans of the film can experience it with the benefit of Dolby Vision and HDR10+’s extra scene by scene picture information, regardless of which of the two dynamic HDR formats their TV supports. No longer did people whose TVs only supported Dolby Vision have to miss out on the maximum potential picture quality of a Fox 4K Blu-ray. 

    Fox will not be offering a Dolby Vision master on the 4K Blu-ray of X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

    Photo: X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 20th Century Fox

    As I feared, though, Fox’s decision to support Dolby Vision on Alita was a one off. Or, at least, it wasn’t the start of a wholesale policy shift by the studio towards a new consumer-friendly dual-format HDR approach. How do I know this? Because Fox has now confirmed to me that its upcoming big 4K Blu-ray release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix on September 3 will only carry basic HDR10 (which provides no scene by scene data) and HDR10+ masters. There will be no Dolby Vision.

    This suggests that Alita’s dual format support was likely down to a direct request/order from Cameron/Rodriguez, two of the most powerful people in Hollywood, rather than a shift in HDR policy at studio level by Fox.

    So if a film you’re looking forward to owning on 4K Blu-ray in the future happens to be made by Fox, it looks like you may have to miss out on the absolute best picture experience it could give you unless you also have a TV and a 4K Blu-ray player that supports HDR10+. Which essentially limits you at the time of writing to Samsung TVs in the US and Europe, plus some Philips and Panasonic models in Europe; and some relatively high-end 4K Blu-ray players from Oppo (now discontinued), Samsung (now discontinued), Panasonic and Pioneer.

    Don’t forget, though, that if you buy a Samsung TV, that set won’t also give you Dolby Vision support. Only some new dual-format TVs from Panasonic and Philips in Europe currently support both dynamic HDR formats.

    With Universal and Warner Bros recently formally announcing support for both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, and backing those announcements up with their first dual format titles (as reported on this link for Warners, and this link for Universal), it remains to be seen if Fox ultimately feels compelled at some point in the future to start offering  dual format 4K Blu-ray releases on a regular basis. But it’s probably worth bearing in mind that Fox is one of the founder members of the HDR10+ Alliance…

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    It’s been looking in recent weeks as if peace might be breaking out in the HDR format war that’s seen HDR10+ and Dolby Vision fighting it out – at the consumer’s expense – over the high ground of high dynamic range 4K Blu-ray picture quality.

    In particular, we had 20th Century Fox launching James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel on a 4K Blu-ray disc (reviewed here) that supported both of the so-called dynamic HDR formats – the first time Fox had supported Dolby Vision on a disc release, having previously exclusively supported the more basic HDR10 format, or HDR10+. 

    This Alita move means that fans of the film can experience it with the benefit of Dolby Vision and HDR10+’s extra scene by scene picture information, regardless of which of the two dynamic HDR formats their TV supports. No longer did people whose TVs only supported Dolby Vision have to miss out on the maximum potential picture quality of a Fox 4K Blu-ray. 

    Fox will not be offering a Dolby Vision master on the 4K Blu-ray of X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

    Photo: X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 20th Century Fox

    As I feared, though, Fox’s decision to support Dolby Vision on Alita was a one off. Or, at least, it wasn’t the start of a wholesale policy shift by the studio towards a new consumer-friendly dual-format HDR approach. How do I know this? Because Fox has now confirmed to me that its upcoming big 4K Blu-ray release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix on September 3 will only carry basic HDR10 (which provides no scene by scene data) and HDR10+ masters. There will be no Dolby Vision.

    This suggests that Alita’s dual format support was likely down to a direct request/order from Cameron/Rodriguez, two of the most powerful people in Hollywood, rather than a shift in HDR policy at studio level by Fox.

    So if a film you’re looking forward to owning on 4K Blu-ray in the future happens to be made by Fox, it looks like you may have to miss out on the absolute best picture experience it could give you unless you also have a TV and a 4K Blu-ray player that supports HDR10+. Which essentially limits you at the time of writing to Samsung TVs in the US and Europe, plus some Philips and Panasonic models in Europe; and some relatively high-end 4K Blu-ray players from Oppo (now discontinued), Samsung (now discontinued), Panasonic and Pioneer.

    Don’t forget, though, that if you buy a Samsung TV, that set won’t also give you Dolby Vision support. Only some new dual-format TVs from Panasonic and Philips in Europe currently support both dynamic HDR formats.

    With Universal and Warner Bros recently formally announcing support for both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, and backing those announcements up with their first dual format titles (as reported on this link for Warners, and this link for Universal), it remains to be seen if Fox ultimately feels compelled at some point in the future to start offering  dual format 4K Blu-ray releases on a regular basis. But it’s probably worth bearing in mind that Fox is one of the founder members of the HDR10+ Alliance…

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