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4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is a Blu-ray Disc format offering 4K HD 2160p resolution digital video and slated to become the successor of the 1080p resolution Blu-ray home video entertainment format. Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were released in 4K Ultra H(igh)D(efinition) on 14 June 2016. [1] Star Trek Beyond was released in 4K Ultra HD on 1 November 2016. [2] The quick release on the format was due to the fact that these films – the first ones for Star Trek to be entirely produced digitally – were already shot at the high resolution standards required for their respective large screen theatrical releases. (see also: Remaster)

A 4K Ultra HD release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is planned, made possible as the 2016 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Director's Cut) Blu-ray release was remastered in 4K HD resolution. [3]

Despite being marketed as such on some retailer sites, such as Amazon.com, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format no longer employs the geo-restricting region format of its Blu-ray predecessor, becoming the first home media format to acknowledge the increased irrelevance of geo-restriction after its introduction by the DVD format in the early 1990s. [4]

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Date Product released
2016
14 June Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness
1 Nov Star Trek Beyond
Unknown Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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