So, I'm opening this thread because it was suggested in this post that some MiceChatters might be interested in discussing the BD Live feature on Blu-ray Discs (BD).
I like the BD Live features (they're not on every Blu-ray Disc), but I really don't use them much either. Like the Disney BD Live features; I haven't really learned to do much with because I don't have a lotta friends who are connected to Disney's BD Live network. But the fact that you can do things like leave a message at some point in "Sleeping Beauty" and email that to a friend on the network so that when they next watch the movie, they get your message at that exact point in the film is pretty amazing stuff! On my "Casino Royale" BDs, I logged in to find just four short bonus interviews with the actors, nothing very exciting. Perhaps it's the hype, but the favorite BD Live features so far are the live chats I've watched with the directors for Guillermo del Toro for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" and Christopher Nolan for "The Dark Knight". Technologically speaking, they really weren't all that exciting; basically while the movie plays in the background, the director answers questions submitted by fans who have logged in at the schedule time from all around the world. There's a box that appears over the upper or lower portion of the film where you read the questions and the answers. If you're a fan of the film or the director, then I suppose it's exciting, and I was entertained while I sat on my couch watching the answers more than really watching the movie in the background. And it's kinda neat that you actually have an opportunity to interact with these directors, tho' I didn't type in any questions.
I've read two opposite reactions to Chris Nolan's chat on two different websites. Blue Sky Disney was underwhelmed. But The Digital Bits enjoyed it for what it was, like I did. They also have pictures of how the chat box appeared over the film at the link above if you wanna see how it looked.
It's a new technology, and it's a new bell and whistle. I also appreciate the fact that I can even access it since many of my friends still don't have a BD player or HDTV (so I host a lotta movie days with them). Can it be better? Sure, but I'm also still trying to wrap my arms around all that it does. There's some content on "The Incredible Hulk," something about making my own comic book, that I haven't dived into yet to figure out.
So that's my lecture/take on it so far. Any other folks experience BD Live yet and wanna say what they think about it so far too?