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Disney Pushes the Envelope with Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray

Posted May 13, 2008 06:09 PM by Josh Dreuth

Walt Disney PicturesWhen Disney releases 'Sleeping Beauty' this fall on Blu-ray, the studio is pulling out every trick in the book to ensure it lives up to its Platinum Series designation. To commemorate the release of the first animated classic in high definition, Disney will utilize both BD-Java and BD-Live functionality to provide the ultimate Blu-ray experience.

Viewers will be able to chat with friends, over Disney's protected network, using their laptop or PDA while watching the film. They'll be able to insert customized video messages into the film, and then send those messages to friends via a "Movie Mail" feature. Additionally, viewers can get a group of friends together and play an online trivia game while watching the film, no matter where they are located.

Once they are done playing with all the interactive features, viewers can check out new trailers or download free ringtones and wallpaper using the "reward points" they earned for checking out the above mentioned features.

Bob Chapek, president of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment commented, "[Sleeping Beauty] will revolutionize the way people will interact with and view movies in the home. We pulled out all the stops in launching this technology."


Source: USA Today | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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DAMNSAM77
  May 13, 2008
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Nice, I am first!!

Zaphod
  May 13, 2008
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WOW, I love the interactivity planned for this one. Definately will be interesting to see how it all pans out. A must buy.

savage1984
  May 13, 2008
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This is a must buy for any Disney fan! So I guess I'm buyin' it. Yipee!

JTK
  May 13, 2008
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Disney has been and continues to be the reigning almighty king of all HD optical media.

Disney is truly a crown jewel.

Salinger
  May 13, 2008
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Disney is the main reason I chose to go Blu, back when the war was still raging. They continue to impress. Nice going.

BluPayne4400
  May 13, 2008
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Def buying it for me and daughter

blu-canuck
  May 13, 2008
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Was on the fence with this one, but it is now a MUST buy!

CptGreedle
  May 13, 2008
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Sounds cool!

tru blu
  May 13, 2008
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This was always a must buy for me. Not sure that I'll use the Disney Network myself, but I'm very excited Disney is putting in the effort for their releases.

Elandyll
  May 13, 2008
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"get a customized version of the famed castle that serves as a backdrop for the menu. The sky will reflect weather conditions in the viewer's hometown."

I know some will say I only have to look out of the window, but I love this, and wish I could put this as a background theme on the PS3

view_it
  May 13, 2008
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I need THIS as regiofree with OLD , classic hungarian audio track !!!

AlexCruz
  May 13, 2008
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Disney is really proving themselves on this one. First they gives us some of the greatest transfers Blu-
ray has seen to date, and now they're going all out on all the extra features Blu-ray can provide! Day
one buy for me please!

Sonny
  May 13, 2008
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This sounds really cool, hell I didn't even know you could do half that stuff LOL!!!!! Disney is definitely the undisputed BD CHAMP!

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Bluray_ne1
  May 13, 2008
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The features are cool and all but why didn't they give some other releases the same treatment? Sleeping Beauty? I love the classics too but geez, I'd much rather see it on The Incredibles or Finding Nemo.

vektar
  May 13, 2008
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WOOT!!!!!!!! i dont really care for this movie but ill buy it anyways because i know my mom and sister will like it.
javabear
  May 13, 2008
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wow! Definitely a must buy.

Seretur
  May 13, 2008
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Disney pushes the *something misspelled* Sleeping Beauty NOOO!!! oh wait -- the release isn't pushed at all, it's just that people can now mess with it online.

Well good riddance, as long as the old guys like me get the perfect audio and video, and the meaningful extras that this film so richly deserves.

Ideally, I'd like to get rid of my R2 SE once this film is released -- which looks great on my 46" Bravia, and has tons of good extras. You guys don't know how high my expectations are for this Blu-ray, so hats off to Mr. Chapek and company for every little bit that helps it connect to today's audiences.

Ranger-R
  May 13, 2008
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Sweet!

SquidPuppet
  May 13, 2008
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I wont use any of that...NONE. But hats off to Disney for including it for all those folks who want it. And hats off to Disney for allways making first rate effort in all things Blu. The Mouse was a huge factor in my choosing Blu while the war was still being fought.

GarettP
  May 13, 2008
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Maybe all the studios will make use of the BD capabilities!

Nice Work Disney!

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obiwopkenobi62
  May 13, 2008
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Sounds great but the online thing I'm not so sure of. First off I should make sure everyone I know is getting this movie on Bluray, then what, Schedule a night when we will all watch the movie at our different locations so we can play trivia online.
Seriously, I love technology but some of it is just ridiculous.

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nathanp
  May 13, 2008
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As long as the Video and Audio are top notch, Disney can throw whatever they want on there.

EvolutionCherry
  May 13, 2008
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Disney's one of the crown jewels of the BD brand and format since the whole thing began. This revolutionary disc is one reason.

Magic
  May 13, 2008
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Disney is still the king! This is great to hear. I'm excited to see how well it all works. This could be a huge push for the other studios to follow suit...

Sean4000
  May 13, 2008
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John Lowry and DTS Digital Images does all of the restore work or Disney. This Blu-ray is going to blow your mind!!!!!!

Mr. Cinema
  May 13, 2008
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Wonder how many minutes this disc will take to load.

JustinCredible_13
  May 13, 2008
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This is awesome! im not only a Disney fan but this is my all time favorite Disney movie! cant wait.

RazorFromHRSnet
  May 14, 2008
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I love Disney films, and will most likely purchase this. But I am not kicking myself for not having a compatible player. These features are cute, I suppose. But if I want to talk to my friends on my laptop while watching Sleeping Beauty I will just log on to PalTalk.

Robert Siegel
  May 14, 2008
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While those extras are not really my thing (my thing is the best video and audio transfer), I will definately check them out and try them, and think it's great that Disney is showing the public that blu-ray not only has the ultimate picture and sound but this will show many new things that DVD cannot do and we can't stress the importance of that for mainstream adoption. DVD did things VHS could not do now it is time to show what next generation capabilities are. Excellent work continues to come from Disney's blu-ray line.
mikenike
  May 14, 2008
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Wow, Disney is crazy. And that's to our advantage! Can't wait for this title.

Just got finished watching Mary Poppins, and I hope that comes to BD soon!

bdadhat
  May 14, 2008
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Wow - Disney + PS3 is why I backed blu, and this is just the start of some classic animated films. I was impressed with Paprika (granted newer anime) but it has given me hope to what Disney can achieve with classic animation
ToonyLoons
  May 14, 2008
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I am not really looking forward to Sleeping Beauty but these features seem nice. I hope they add these specials to other films I actually want.

Malosch78
  May 14, 2008
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I'm getting this one. Disney is the king

unjichan
  May 14, 2008
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one word..

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

camper
  May 14, 2008
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I've already pre-ordered it through Amazon. This is a no-brainer for me, and while I have no use for the 'live' features, I'm really curious to see how it plays out when done by the company that's always pushed the blu ray envelope so far.

Marine Mike
  May 14, 2008
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Good job Disney on making this release a top one. A very good way to show that you've fully backed Blu-Ray by utilizing its capabilities.

Rainman208
  May 14, 2008
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Pass on the movie for me but the features do sound cool. Nice work Disney.

frank_t
  May 14, 2008
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Ugh. BD-Live is just a dumb idea. I hate paying extra for it too.

i wonder for how many years this stuff will continue to work.

guess I still prefer the movie and a decent set of extras to watch; the rest is just fluff that costs me more.

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Lucy Diamond
  May 14, 2008
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Gee...you check out our advertising and we give you "bitch points".

I will NEVER buy a BD-Live player.
larryj763
  May 14, 2008
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http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2008-05-12-sleeping-beauty-blu-ray_N.htm?POE=click-refer

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Jim L
  May 14, 2008
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With their reputation for audio and video quality, and now innovation with Blu-ray features, this will energize fans' interest in older catalog films.

I personally can't wait for this one!

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Dynamo of Eternia
  May 14, 2008
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I personally have no interest in these BD-Live features, and I don't really see the appeal of them. It seems like they will be more of a novelty that many people will check out just for the sake of trying them out, but in the long run only a very, very small group will ever really utilize them on a regular basis.

I don't see the point in chatting with others about the movie while watching it. I mean, I talk (both online and the old fashion traditional way) with friends of mine about movies all of the time without actually watching them.

Plus, how does that work anyway? I mean, is everyone connected for a chat or whatever synced up so that their movies start up at the same time? Or if someone is watching the movie while using these features, and someone else comes on 30 minutes later, what happens then? Does the person who just logged on get pushed 30 minutes into the movie? Does the movie start over? Or are these two people independently watching the movie (and therefore aren't synced up), which one would think would really throw off a chat that is meant to occur while watching the film?

Plus, the really kink in the whole thing is that you have to be watching the movie while online while other people are doing the same. With Blu-Ray currently being rather niche (for now), and with it being likely that only a very small % of Blu-Ray owners actually using these features regularly, and then only a certain % of those regular BD-Live feature users actually having the same movie, it just seems like the odds of even finding people to chat with are slim (and, even when you do find someone, you have to hope it's not just some random idiot who can't carry on an intelligent conversation).

It really doesn't effect me one way or the other if these features are included or not. I don't plan to use them, I just want the movie to work. My only concern is if including these features drives up the costs of the discs, as frank_t pointed out. If that's the case, it's really going to suck for everyone who wants to buy this movie (or any other that includes these features) having to pay extra money for something that many of them aren't even going to use.

keene6132
  May 14, 2008
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Definitely will buy this BD. I'm just not sold on all this other extra stuff! Believe me, I'm a big Blu-ray fan. I want to watch movies at their highest possible quality. I don't think BD-Live will play a major role in Blu-rays' mass adoption. I'm not saying that it isn't good...it's kinda like "icing on the cake". I just know that when I set down to watch a movie, I just want to watch a movie. I don't have time for much more.

haushausman
  May 14, 2008
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Chatting with friends while watching Sleeping Beauty?!?! My dreams have come true!!

That's cool what they are able to do though.

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chnandler_bong
  May 14, 2008
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I doubt I'll take advantage of any of the 'social' features on this release, but still looking forward to this release nonetheless!

King03
  May 14, 2008
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Very impressive, Disney is the consummate innovator. I guess we shouldn't be surprised anymore when Disney goes way beyond their competitors. They've definitely established themselves on the cutting edge HD media.

The funny part is that I probably won't use any of these features, Disney knows that, but they put them in anyway for the 1% of customers who will try it. That's innovation just for the sake of innovation. Way to go, Disney!
DisneyLuver
  May 14, 2008
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As you can tell I am a big Disney Fan.So this is awesome news.The features will be great, can't wait to see the new trailers for up and coming movies,I'v been waiting for good news!!!!

All things blu
  May 14, 2008
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Not bad Disney, not bad.

crazyboyhayes
  May 14, 2008
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Nice! I am impress with what disney is doing now.

Minimejer05
  May 14, 2008
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Excellent! Will instantly buy this now.

Mxr5150
  May 18, 2008
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I'm going to pick this one up too. I always liked this one better than Cinderella.


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