MUMBAI: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) has launched the new Diamond Collection, which comprises Walt Disney Studios most historic and beloved animated classics that will debut on Blu-ray Hi-Def.
Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on 6 October, the Diamond Collection comprises an additional 13 of Disney’s most treasured titles, including: Beauty and the Beast, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, The Lion King, Bambi, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, 101 Dalmatians, Sleeping Beauty, and Pinocchio.
"Walt Disney’s gift of telling captivating and engaging stories was matched only by his passion for presenting them in the most spectacular way. We are proud to continue his pursuit of excellence with The Diamond Collection, which brings the films that are the foundation of our Company to audiences of all ages across the globe," said The Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook.
As part of the new Diamond Collection criteria, each film will be thoroughly restored to the highest level of picture and sound, feature groundbreaking, state-of-the-art immersive bonus content, and include unprecedented levels of interactivity, personalization and customization only made possible by Blu-ray technology.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek added, "Because today’s family rooms are more technologically-advanced and consumer expectations are higher than ever, we are excited to announce the launch of the Diamond Collection. We believe that the collection offers consumers the opportunity to enjoy these timeless classics like never before, and underlines Disney’s commitment to continue to bring the best quality product and immersive experiences in to the home."
Kicking off the new worldwide collection in October will be Walt Disney’s first full-length animated feature film, the one that started it all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Two titles will be selected each year, including Beauty and the Beast and Fantasia in 2010, as Blu-ray Diamond editions, each title will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time.
The new Diamond Collection takes full advantage of the newest breakthroughs in film restoration to exhibit these movies in Blu-ray Hi-Def, ensuring each film is digitally enhanced from their original negatives providing for the first time ever a pristine 1080p picture and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound.
WDSHE is updating each Diamond Collection disc to contain newly branded features that offer a more immersive, user-friendly experience that will keep families entertained for hours.