Walt Disney Home Entertainment has revealed the special features for the upcoming Platinum Blu-ray release of 'Sleeping Beauty', due to hit store shelves on October 7th, day-and-date with the DVD re-release. This three-disc set will feature 1080p 2.55:1 Video with a brand-new 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.
Extras for this release include:
Maleficent's Challenge – Go head to head with one of Disney's most infamous villains. Think of anything in the world and Maleficent will read your mind. Keep your wits about you, for that is the only way to defeat her. (BD Exclusive)
Dragon Encounter – The ultimate audio experience utilizing Blu-ray high-definition 7.1 or 5.1 audio quality. Explore Maleficent's dungeon in a fully-immersive audio sensory adventure like you've never experienced before. Deep in the bowels of Maleficent's dungeon a dragon encounter awaits. (BD Exclusive)
Cine-Explore – An all new Cine-Explore experience with full motion Picture-in-Picture featuring commentary by John Lasseter, Andreas Deja & Leonard Maltin. (BD Exclusive)
Restoring The Sound Track – This featurette will cover the creation of the all new 7.1 mix of the score of Sleeping Beauty that was done exclusively for this Blu-ray release using the source tapes from the original recording sessions resulting in an audio experience of superior quality with greater detail and fidelity than you have ever heard before. (BD Exclusive)
Customized Living Menu – This menu is exclusive to Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc owners only. It is a “real time” virtual castle that magically changes based on the viewer's location, time of day and current weather forecast (requires Live enabled players). If preferred, viewers will also have the ability to manually change the castle's weather to match any of the Magic Kingdom Castles around the world. (BD Exclusive)
Disney BD-Live Network – The Disney BD-Live Network is just one of the many ways movie lovers, families, and loved ones can continue to stay connected and engage in their favorite movies. (BD Exclusive)
Movie Chat – Communicate with your remote friends on-screen while in a synchronized viewing party using your remote control or any text enabled device such as a laptop, desk top or any PDA device such as a Blackberry, iPhone or most other regular cell phones. Your chat session will appear over the movie and occur in real-time while watching the movie together.
Movie Mail – Blu-ray owners will be able to record a personalized video message of themselves, superimpose that capture onto one of many pre-selected clips of the movie, and send it off to a friend, colleague, or relative. This specific feature enables the Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc owner to personalize a very special greeting as never before.
Movie Challenge – Users will be able to test their skills against other players in a synchronized, real-time, online trivia game while watching Sleeping Beauty with anyone online. Movie Challenge is always active no matter what time of the day it is, and there will always be a game in progress.
Disney Movie Rewards Live – Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray owners will be able to accumulate Disney Movie Reward Points by participating in many Disney BD-Live Network activities. In return, viewers can redeem points for exclusive content such as Avatars, downloadable extras and many more exciting possibilities.
Original Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Walk-Through Attraction With Walt Disney Imagineering – A fascinating fully-immersive 3-D experience recreating the original Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through that Walt supervised over 50 years ago. Viewers can choose to tour the attraction in “Auto Mode,” where you get to experience it the way it was originally intended, or choose to view the experience with “Commentary” by Disney's famed “Imagineers” and take a look behind the magic of these detailed dioramas.
Alternate Opening – Recently discovered storyboards from 1952 reveal that the original opening of Sleeping Beauty was planned as a big musical production number. Using all of the existing color storyboard art, this alternate opening is recreated with a new demo recording of the song - “Holiday.”
All New Documentary “Picture Perfect: The Making of Sleeping Beauty” – an exciting and inspiring behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the final fairy tale to be produced by Walt Disney himself.
A New DVD Game, “Briar Rose's Enchanted Dance Game” – Relive this magical moment and help Briar Rose's animal friends to dance, and take lessons to learn to waltz.
Four Deleted Songs – Four new musical numbers that were not used in the final film are presented using original storyboard art and demo recordings.
Grand Canyon (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) – This Academy Award® winning short accompanied Sleeping Beauty in its release in theatres.
The Peter Tchaikovsky Story (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) – An episode of Walt Disney's legendary TV series in which Walt previews the Studio's upcoming release of Sleeping Beauty which uses the Tchaikovsky score as the source of its music. Also included is a dramatic re-enactment of how Tchaikovsky came to write his score for the ballet.
Four Artists Paint One Tree (Featured in HD on Blu-ray) – This featurette looks at one tree interpreted by four distinguished Disney artists, including Eyvind Earle, the well respected American painter who served as stylist for Sleeping Beauty.
Fun with English Game – Help the 3 fairies prepare for Briar Rose's 16th Birthday and learn English by playing a series of innovative DVD games.
Additionally, fans who pick-up the Blu-ray will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, making it ever easier for those consumer looking to make the switch to high definition Blu-ray.
Oh my god! I've had this preordered since it was first announced months ago, but this seems just incredible and a real milestone in quality and quantity. Hope the remaining classic Disney films can offer the same wealth as this...
What's odd is that the film was shot in Technirama, which has an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and was usually blown UP to 70mm, which has an aspect ratio of 2.20:1. However, it looks like Disney was photographing Technirama to be printed DOWN to Cinemascope at 2.55:1, which is the ratio the artwork was actually composed in.
"fans who pick-up the Blu-ray will also receive a copy of the film on DVD, making it ever easier for those consumer looking to make the switch to high definition Blu-ray"
How on earth will this encourage people to buy the blu ray? If they want a dvd, they'll just buy the cheaper dvd version. What a waste of money including a dvd. Movie studios should not associate blu ray with dvd.
Umm.. GreatWhite83, this included DVD is great for kids rooms or other areas where there are no blu-ray players in the house. It's obvious that Disney is not charging any extra for the included DVD version ($23.95 on Amazon for the blu-ray set, pretty good deal if you ask me) so I think this is a welcomed bonus to those with kids who are not allowed to use daddy's expensive home theatre equipment except for on family-movie nights.
Anyway, that being said, I cannot WAIT for this disc to start off my Disney Platinum blu collection!
Well, I'll be waiting , but your site has a recent news^^ so maybe there is correct.
I'm French so I'll be waiting for region free eventually (Now With The nightmare before christmas, I be aware), and I'll be taking the Canadian version cause the French's loseless audio even I'll be watching In VO especially rumor told There is a new Cast in French and possibly in VO but not yet truely.
The french track is not loseless...it's lossy DTS HD HR 7.1 3mbits. But it's better than their other movie offering. Getting the US release here for full 24bit track.. They did the same thing with Cars, the US version had a 24bit PCM and the canadian version had a 16bit TrueHD
Nice to see 7.1 DTS-MA on another Disney release! (1st was Hannah Montana)
If it's like Snow White was on DVD, the first Platinum Edition will be the best one,
and the rest will pale in comparison!
I'll be interested to see how Pinocchio (March) and Snow White (Oct '09) are presented next year, seeing as how they are 1.33:1....maybe Disney will present cropped versions next to the OAR. As long as the OAR is present, I'm good. But if they want to "create" a Widescreen version to go beside it...that's fine with me.
"How on earth will this encourage people to buy the blu ray? If they want a dvd, they'll just buy the cheaper dvd version. What a waste of money including a dvd. Movie studios should not associate blu ray with dvd.
Apart from that, what an effort. "
Greatwhite, are you serious? I'm amazed you can't do the math.
Let me use myself as an example. I have a 2 year old daughter and a portable DVD player in one of my cars. Even if I really want the blu-ray, it only plays in one of the 3 players I would use (including the car).
By tossing in the DVD for free effectively, Disney has just locked my Blu-ray purchase. I can get the BD for in the house while still being able to put it on the portable player in the car. 2 year olds being what they are, I have no idea if she will fall in love with the movie and suddenly want to watch it all the time for 2 weeks straight. Had they not done this, I may have been tempted to settle with the DVD version and upscaling at home.
All the studios need to start doing this ASAP with ALL kids movies if they want to start breaking away from DVD - at least until portable BD players are cheap.
CinemaScope with mag tracks. Here are some other films in this ratio:
How to Marry a Millionaire
A Star is Born
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Carousel (CinemaScope 55)
The King and I (CinemaScope 55)
Lady and the Tramp (a flat version of the film was shot first, but seldom used)
Oklahoma! (a Todd-AO version was shot simultaneously)
Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom (animated short)