Soon, HBO Max will offer its subscribers access to TV programs and movies in 4K resolution, and will kick off the 1984 Wonder Woman movie, which is to come and is often delayed. The film premiered earlier this year, but was released several times, finally winning a theatrical release on Christmas Day with an atypical streaming debut planned.
Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman 1984, announced that the film will be the first HBO Max title offered in 4K Ultra HD with support for HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25 and debut on the streaming platform the same day.
If you plan to watch the movie at home, you will need streaming hardware that supports 4K and HDR to enjoy the movie at its highest quality. A number of smart TVs and streaming devices now feature this support, including Apple TV 4K, 4K versions of Amazon’s Fire TV products, Chromecast Ultra and the like.
It is no surprise that the film will premiere in theaters and digitally (in the United States, at least) given the current state of affairs and a recent leak that says so. Theaters in the United States continue to struggle against blocking, social detachment and the general unwillingness of consumers to take the risk of going to the cinema.
Apparently, WarnerMedia decided that the film cannot be postponed again, but that an exclusive movie release in the U.S. may be less than ideal, mainly due to the increase in COVID-19 that is expected to hit the U.S. in the coming weeks due to travel on vacation. The good news, of course, is that the wait for Wonder Woman 1984 is almost over.
Additional 4K content will begin arriving on HBO Max in 2021, according to WarnerMedia.