IMAX movies are going to be released on 4K Blu-rays in 2016, media company Shout Factory has announced.

That means films such as Journey to Space, which is narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart, will soon be available to watch at home.

Only two 4K Blu-Ray players have been announced thus far however, meaning consumers will have to opt for either a Samsung or Panasonic unit to enjoy the films.

The other Shout Factory titles planned for release include Humpback Whales narrated by Ewan McGregor, Flight of the Butterflies, Rocky Mountain Express, Wonders of the Arctic narrated by Victor Garber, and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea.

Viewers will be able to benefit from higher resolution content with 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, but they will also experience better contrast and colours thanks to the added support of HDR compatibility.

Unfortunately for the format it could be the last of its kind according to industry experts, who expect streaming over high bitrates to become more common in the next couple of years and ubiquitous by the end of the decade.

Those wanting to purchase the IMAX films in 4K Blu-ray format will be able to do so from late Spring/early Summer.

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