Know someone getting a 4K or 8K Ultra HD TV for the holidays and want to join in the fun with a complementary gift to take the experience to the next level?

We’ve assembled some suggestions to consider to add a touch of magic for that lucky friend or loved one.

Virtually anyone getting a new Ultra HDTV is going to want content that delivers the most immersive picture and surround sound entertainment. At the top of the list is a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player or Ultra HD Blu-ray supporting video game console.

Unlike standard Blu-ray Disc players that cap the resolution at a 1080p Full HD level, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player is capable of playing back Ultra HD Blu-ray discs at native 4K UHD 2160p resolution. Most will also playback standard DVDs, CDs and standard Blu-ray Discs and up-convert the lower-resolution images to help those movies play back at a very high quality level that will still look very good on a flashier 4K screen.

An Ultra-HD Blu-ray player, though, will be capable of playing back a native 4K disc in all of its glory with not only full pixel coverage, but at the highest frame (up to 60 fps) and bit rates (up to 100 Gbps) possible, beating even the best streamed 4K content. Some movies simply dazzle with clarity, color and high dynamic range (HDR) brightness and contrast levels.

As an added bonus, these devices out put the best audio and surround sound available for clearer and more realistic sounds that can be felt as well as heard. Most UHD Blu-ray players support Dolby Atmos and in some cases, DTS:X surround effects delivered over the best surround sound formats, like Dolby True HD or DTS Master Audio that aren’t commonly offered with streamed titles. This means object-based soundtracks that are crystalline, even compared to standard Blu-ray audio, and seem to come at the viewer from all angles.

Here are some of the top Ultra HD Blu-ray player choices available to purchase in time for the fast-approaching season:

Check the following links early and often for the best promotional prices and product availability.

Panasonic DP-UB9000 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision Playback

Panasonic 4K Ultra HD HDR Blu-Ray Player – DP-UB150  

Panasonic 4K Ultra HD With HDR10 Voice Assist Blu-ray Player – DP-UB820-K

Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player – UBPX800M2

Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player With HDMI Cable – UBPX700/M

LG 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Player – UBK80

LG 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray Player – UBK90

If that certain someone happens to be of an age where video games are a big deal in addition to playing high quality movies, one of the new next-gen consoles from Sony’s PlayStation 5 or Microsoft’s Xbox Series X might be an option. Unfortunately, these will generally run more than some dedicated UHD Blu-ray players and due to high holiday demand they are currently sold out, but you can keep trying the provided links in the hope of getting lucky.

Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5   

Of course, if you are giving an Ultra HD Blu-ray player as a gift, or you are shopping for someone that already has such a device, you might consider giving him/her one or more of the hottest recently released 4K Ultra HD movies available. Here’s a list of some of the current top sellers:

Top Gun: Maverick 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray 

James Bond: The Daniel Craig 5-Film Collection 4K Ultra HD Digital 4K UHD  

No Time to Die (2021) – Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital [4K UHD] 

Everything, Everywhere All At Once 4K Ultra HD

Spiderman: No Way Home 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore [4K Ultra HD]

Harry Potter: 8-Film Collection [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray] [4K UHD] 

The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection (Saboteur / Shadow of a Doubt / The Trouble with Harry / Marnie / Family Plot) – 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital [4K UHD]

Nope, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital  

The Batman Ultra HD Blu-ray

Zack Synder’s Justice League [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray] 

Dune (4k Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital) [4K UHD] 

Elvis (2022) [4K UHD + Blu-ray]   

Minions: The Rise of Gru – Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital [4K UHD]  The Northman – Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital [4K UHD]

Happy holidays, and happy hunting!!!

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By Greg Tarr

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