Spider-Man Brings Dolby Vision Back To The Marvel 4K Blu-ray Universe

Sony has just revealed the details of its upcoming 4K Blu-ray release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Among the goodies being promised – besides the excellent film itself – are a long list of extra features, a doubtless thumping Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and Dolby Vision high dynamic range picture quality.

Yes, that’s right: Dolby Vision is back on a Marvel Cinematic Universe 4K Blu-ray. This marks the first time the premium HDR format (which adds extra scene by scene picture data for a more dynamic and precise HDR experience) has appeared on a Marvel 4K Blu-ray title since 2018’s release of Black Panther.

Given the difference Dolby Vision can make when delivered to compatible TVs (TVs that don’t support Dolby Vision will default to the disc’s core HDR10 stream, without the extra scene by scene data), the decision to deliver Spider-Man: Far From Home in Dolby Vision comes as great news. Unfortunately, though, it almost certainly doesn’t mark the start of a new MCU Dolby Vision 4K Blu-ray trend.

The thing is, while Spider-Man: Far From Home is very much part of the MCU, like Spider-Man Homecoming before it, it’s a co-production between Kevin Feige’s MCU team and Sony Pictures. And it’s Sony Pictures rather than MCU ‘owner’ Disney which is producing and releasing Far From Home’s 4K Blu-ray.

Sony has used Dolby Vision on 4K Blu-rays on numerous previous occasions – including, to good effect, on its 4K Blu-ray of Spider-Man: Homecoming. So it’s great news to see it pushing for that extra bit of Dolby Vision quality again on its second MCU-related 4K Blu-ray release. Especially given that Sony did not, for some reason, deploy Dolby Vision on the (still awesome) 4K Blu-ray release of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

Disney ditched its short-lived Dolby Vision 4K Blu-ray support after Black Panther for some as yet unconfirmed reason. Rumors range from technical issues with getting Dolby Vision to work properly on disc to there not being enough mastering houses capable of doing DV on disc properly; cost-saving measures; and even a desire on Disney’s part to make the streamed versions of its films (which DO appear in Dolby Vision on supporting platforms) look more attractive to tempt more people to sign up to its upcoming Disney+ service.

Whatever the reason, though, Disney’s decision to not even include Dolby Vision on its 4K Blu-ray of Avengers: Endgame (reviewed here) suggests that we shouldn’t expect the premium HDR format to start appearing on its future MCU 4K Blu-ray releases any time soon.

In fact, with Sony and Marvel famously announcing recently that they’ll be going their separate ways with Spider-Man from now on, we might never get another Dolby Vision MCU 4K Blu-ray again. So I guess we’d better enjoy this one while we can.

This article was originally sourced from here.