MUMBAI: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announced more innovations in the Blu-ray format with the Studioâ€™s first ever Platinum Blu-ray release, first BD-Live title, and full motion picture-in-picture Blu-ray bonus features.
The Studio announced the first animated Platinum coming to Blu-ray will be Sleeping Beauty. Releasing Sleeping Beauty on Blu-ray marks a milestone for the format as these titles are not released until a format has been proven both technologically and in terms of consumer acceptance â€“ and Disneyâ€™s animated releases in the past have been a major catalyst for any formatâ€™s growth. Pinocchioâ€™s release on VHS and Snow Whiteâ€™s release on DVD marked major growth milestones for both of those formats. The Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc release will also include a virtual castle and multi-player activities â€“ both utilizing the BD-Live technology.
â€œThe Platinum titles are the crown jewels of the Disney Studios and we do not take releasing them lightly on any format. The proven Blu-ray technology has allowed us to take our films to new heights, fully utilizing the larger capacity and interactive capabilities for an incredible all-new consumer experience,â€ said Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek.
In addition, WDSHE announced the special edition release of the action-adventure blockbuster National Treasure, which will become the Studioâ€™s first BD-Live Blu-ray Disc title. In addition, the Studio will bring two of its treasured family classics to Blu-ray Disc, Disney/Pixarâ€™s Finding Nemo and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, both of which will feature full motion picture-in-picture bonus features.
â€œThe strides that weâ€™ve made with this format are just the tip of the iceberg and we are confident that consumers will be astounded by the level of entertainment that can only be achieved by using the maximum capacity of the Blu-ray Disc format. All of these wonderful titles will appeal to the ever growing Blu-ray market and we are extremely proud to offer these in the most pristine and robust presentations ever for Disney fans around the globe,â€ added Chapek.
This slate of Blu-ray Disc releases will begin with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in spring 2008, followed by National Treasure in summer of 2008 and culminating with Disney/Pixarâ€™s Finding Nemo and Sleeping Beauty in fall 2008.