RevenantboxFans of Leonardo DiCaprio can rejoice after word this week that his Academy Award winning performance in The Revenant will soon be available to see in full Ultra HD Blu-ray glory, providing you were among the early purchasers of one of Samsung’s new $399.99 UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray players, that is.

Unfortunately, 4K Star Wars enthusiasts weren’t so lucky, as Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment made no 4K Ultra HD support announcements when it revealed that its box office smash Star Wars: The Force Awakens will release in Digital HD on April 1 followed by the Full HD Blu-ray release on April 5th. Studio execs have yet to make a position statement on the new 4K UHD physical media format.

Read more on the new box office monster home releases after the break:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment revealed this week that Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s 3-time Oscar-winning film The Revenant will be released on Blu-ray Disc, 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray, DVD, and via On Demand services on April 16, 2016.

The Blu-ray version will be formatted in MPEG-4 at 1080p, while the Ultra HD Blu-ray video is coded in H.265 at 2160p. The title soundtrack will support 7.1-channel DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital 5.1 in French and Spanish.

Fox will price the Blu-ray edition at a $39.99 suggested retail, and it is available for pre-order from Amazon at $22.99. The Ultra HD Blu-ray will come as a 2-disc edition at a $39.99 list, with a $10 pre-order discount at $29.99 on Amazon. The DVD version is available at a $19.99 pre-order price.

The various editions will support Digital HD copy availability via UltraViolet.

The wilderness thriller won DiCaprio his first Best Actor Oscar Sunday night. It also took awards for Best Director and Best Cinematography. The Revenant has made over $400 million at the box office around the world.

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The story was inspired by true events concerning explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy; Mad Max: Fury Road). Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain.

The Blu-ray includes the documentary “A World Unseen,” about the vision behind The Revenant, which is based in 19th century America, and parallels various elements found in the world today.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens in April, according to Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger’s announcement at the company’s recent shareholders’ meeting. At the time of the announcement, The Force Awakens had generated $926.5 million in domestic box office revenue and almost $2.05 billion globally since its December release.

The movie will be available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for a $39.99 suggested retail and a $19.99 pre-order price or as a standalone DVD for $29.99. No 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray or 3D Blu-ray Disc options were announced.

By Greg Tarr


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