4K Technology

Vue to Show Hangmen in Sony 4K

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 11:57 -- Nick Dager

National Theatre Live will partner with the Royal Court and Playful Productions to broadcast Hangmen from London’s West End. The play will be captured and projected in Sony 4K digital cinema across Vue Cinemas’ chain of 84 theatres. The production marks the fourth collaboration in the year-long partnership between National Theatre Live, Vue Entertainment and Sony Digital Cinema 4K, which has already seen productions of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, The Beaux Strategem and Hamlet hit the big screen from the stage. Working closely with its production partners, Sony has taken plays from different environments, including the Olivier Theatre, The Barbican and the Wyndhams Theatre, to the cinema screen.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to Release Blu-ray Titles with Dolby Atmos

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 12:24 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced a collaboration to release SPHE titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including SPHE’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD disc format. The first films to be released in the new 4K Ultra HD disc format with Dolby Atmos include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2 in early 2016, with additional titles to be announced throughout 2016 and beyond.

Defying the Challenges of a Desert Shoot

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:09 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Michael FitzMaurice recently concluded principal photography on the feature thriller Monolith. The Sky Italia Productions' project was shot in punishing desert conditions (Kanab, Utah and Mojave Airport, California), and is currently in post. In Monolith, the nail-biter story follows a young mother as she labors through the night to free her infant son from a monolith SUV before the desert sun comes up.

Restoring Ken Burns’ The Civil War

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 15:01 -- Nick Dager

When Ken Burns’s 11-hour documentary The Civil War first aired on PBS in 1990, it set new standards for television documentaries through its astonishingly detailed, sweeping and often heart-wrenching recount of the epic conflict between the North and South. Working under the direction of Burns and restoration producer Daniel J. White, Technicolor PostWorks New York participated in a meticulous 4K restoration that brings the classic documentary vividly back to life. The project was done in preparation for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of The Civil War on PBS and its Blu-ray release this month, and also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and the end of the war.

National Theatre Live, Vue, Sony Present Beaux’ Stratagem

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 14:43 -- Nick Dager

This season’s acclaimed staging of The Beaux’ Stratagem, broadcast by National Theatre Live, promises a sumptuous spectacle for Vue cinema audiences across the UK. A special performance of the 18th century comedy is being captured by Sony PMW-F55 4K cameras. Vue cinemagoers attending exclusive encore screenings on September 17th will enjoy a performance reproduced faithfully by a fleet of Sony 4K projectors across Vue’s 84-site estate.

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