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    Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Rolls into 2008 with Blu-ray

    Press release:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/press...008+BW20080105

    WDSHE Expands Blu-ray Line-Up with First Platinum Blu-ray Release,
    BD-Live and Full Motion Picture-in-Picture

    Also Announces the Extension of Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour
    BURBANK, Calif.--(Business Wire)--Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) announces an
    exciting new line-up of Blu-ray initiatives in 2008, an ever-expanding
    Blu-ray slate and new technological-advancements in bonus feature
    materials, all which guarantee a superior high-definition home
    entertainment experience.

    "This is an exciting time for Disney as we not only announce the
    release of our first Platinum Disney animated classic on Blu-ray with
    Sleeping Beauty, but also allow consumers to create an entirely new
    home entertainment experience with stunning new bonus features and
    amazing interactive capabilities like never before seen," stated Bob
    Chapek, President of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

    For the first time ever, WDSHE will begin releasing its treasured
    animated classics on Platinum Edition Blu-ray Disc(TM) launching with
    Sleeping Beauty in the fall of 2008. Taking advantage of the numerous
    technological advancements of the Blu-ray format, these all time
    favorites have been revitalized to include exceptional high-definition
    picture and sound quality and compelling interactive content such as
    virtual games, full motion picture-in-picture and online shopping
    capabilities via BD-Live broadband connection.

    Sleeping Beauty will be WDSHE's first Platinum Edition Blu-ray
    Disc and will feature a Virtual Castle, utilizing the new BD-Live
    technology, as well as the interactive game Maleficent's Challenge
    which puts viewers face-to-face with one of Disney's greatest
    villains. Sleeping Beauty Blu-ray Disc will also feature an all-new
    enhanced home theater mix in 7.1 surround sound.

    Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo Blu-ray Disc will debut the first
    Cine-Explore featuring full motion picture-in-picture (BonusView).
    This interactive visual commentary with director Andrew Stanton,
    co-writer Bob Peterson and co-director Lee Unkrich allows the viewer
    to dive deeper into the making of Finding Nemo without ever leaving
    the film. For kids and families, there is the all-new BD-Java enabled
    learning mode "Mr. Ray's Ed-venture." Hosted by Dory, Marlin and of
    course Mr. Ray, viewers will learn all about sea life and have the
    opportunity to earn stickers for their virtual sticker book by
    answering "quizlettes" while watching the movie. Viewers can also go
    to their sticker book at any time and create their own scene. Finding
    Nemo will also feature an all-new enhanced home theater mix in 7.1
    surround sound.

    As part of its continued worldwide Blu-ray release strategy, WDSHE
    will be announcing the addition of many exciting movie titles to their
    2008 Blu-ray line-up in North America, Europe and Asia.

    In North America, WDSHE will be releasing new theatrical titles to
    Blu-ray Disc day-and-date with DVD including The Game Plan (Walt
    Disney Pictures) on January 22; Gone Baby Gone and Becoming Jane (both
    Miramax) on February 12; and Dan In Real Life (Touchstone Pictures) on
    March 11. WDSHE will expand its catalogue titles on Blu-ray Disc with
    the releases of The Rock (Hollywood Pictures) and Con Air (Touchstone
    Pictures) on January 8; Crimson Tide (Hollywood Pictures) on February
    5; The Rookie (Walt Disney Pictures) on March 4; Hidalgo (Touchstone
    Pictures), Coyote Ugly: The Double Shot Edition (Touchstone Pictures),
    Unbreakable (Touchstone Pictures), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion,
    The Witch and The Wardrobe (Walt Disney Pictures) and National
    Treasure: Collector's Edition (Walt Disney Pictures) in spring 2008.

    In Europe/Australia, WDSHE will roll out Blu-ray Discs in 2008
    beginning with The Recruit (Touchstone Pictures) in January; and Dark
    Water (Touchstone Pictures) in February; Underdog (Walt Disney
    Pictures) and Starsky & Hutch (Buena Vista) in February; Coyote Ugly
    (Touchstone Pictures) and The Rookie (Walt Disney Pictures) in March;
    Hidalgo (Touchstone Pictures) and Gone Baby Gone (Miramax) in April;
    Signs (Touchstone Pictures), There Will Be Blood (Miramax), Shall We
    Dance (Miramax), Ladder 49 (Touchstone Pictures), The Chronicles of
    Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Walt Disney Pictures)
    and National Treasure: Collector's Edition (Walt Disney Pictures) in
    May; and The Game Plan (Walt Disney Pictures) and Unbreakable
    (Touchstone Pictures) in summer 2008.

    Japan will see WDSHE release Blu-ray titles starting with
    Hollywoodland (Miramax) in February; The Rookie (Walt Disney
    Pictures), Hidalgo (Touchstone Pictures), Meet The Robinsons (Walt
    Disney Pictures), and Starsky & Hutch (Buena Vista) in April; The
    Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Walt
    Disney Pictures), Coyote Ugly (Touchstone Pictures) and National
    Treasure: Collector's Edition (Walt Disney Pictures) in May; and
    Unbreakable (Touchstone Pictures) and Signs (Touchstone Pictures) in
    summer 2008.

    Following overwhelming consumer response WDSHE is also announcing
    the extension of Disney's Magical Blu-ray Tour, sponsored by
    Panasonic, to eight additional North American cities. The first stop
    will be to Toronto, Canada the weekend of January 25th and continue on
    to Nashville, Denver, Dallas, Raleigh-Durham, Hartford and conclude
    with Chicago at Unity 2008 in July.

    The results of the 2007 tour not only reaffirmed consumers'
    continued desires for high-definition picture without compromise but
    reaffirmed the need to be educated on how to achieve the ultimate
    high-definition home entertainment experience beyond just owning an
    HDTV.
    Last edited by Loomis; 01-06-2008 at 12:59 AM.
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    Re: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Rolls into 2008 with Blu-ray

    ORDDU: Why, Loomis, duckling!! This is the first time we've ever seen you posting something outside of the Hong Kong Disneyland Thread. How nice to have you expand your horizons like this!! Keep doing it because it's always nice to see you in other parts of the MiceChat pond!!

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    Re: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Rolls into 2008 with Blu-ray

    Quote Originally Posted by Witches of Morva View Post
    ORDDU: Why, Loomis, duckling!! This is the first time we've ever seen you posting something outside of the Hong Kong Disneyland Thread. How nice to have you expand your horizons like this!! Keep doing it because it's always nice to see you in other parts of the MiceChat pond!!
    Well, I used to post in everything BUT the HKDL Forum...how times change
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks


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    Re: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Rolls into 2008 with Blu-ray

    What is the difference between Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment? Didn't they both use to be Buena Vista?

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    Re: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Rolls into 2008 with Blu-ray

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyMickey View Post
    What is the difference between Walt Disney Home Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment? Didn't they both use to be Buena Vista?
    Yup, but now - internationally at least - all of the brands have been collated under WDSHE. I think it is more of that corporate synergy that has given birth to the 'Disney Parks' branding...
    I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out. - Bill Hicks


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    Re: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Rolls into 2008 with Blu-ray

    This is exciting! I can't wait to buy Sleeping Beauty again! This is the one Disney movie other than Snow White that I will continue to buy no matter how many times it is re-released. This virtual castle sounds interesting!


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