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Home Theater Forum Goes to Hollywood: Disney

23 Oct, 2008 By: Home Theater Forum

BURBANK, Calif. — Disney Studios started off the presentation with a demo of the menu to Sleeping Beauty (as they call it, a “Living Menu”) with the day/night and weather conditions function.

Disney expressed their strong support for the BD-Live feature on Sleeping Beauty and upcoming titles such as Tinker Bell and Wall-E. During the presentation we saw one of the bonus materials for the upcoming Blu-ray Disc release of Pixar’s Wall-E. The feature titled “Axiom Arcade” uses BD-J to deliver four unique games, one resembling the classic arcade game Asteroid

We were also treated to a sneak peek of the “Circle-Vision” feature on the upcoming Blu-ray release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. A selection titled “Creating the Castle Raid” gives viewers a 360-degree look behind-the-scenes. The feature is also interactive, including pop-up facts and bonus material for each (four to five) “Circle-Vision” experiences. Fifteen features will be available via BD Live, and Disney does plan to offer streaming and downloadable content via BD Live.

Overall, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment gave the Home Theater Forum group an excellent presentation and even had a Q&A session to end things.

—Justin Sluss

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