The Weekend Herald writes:
Live, on-screen chat functions for future instalments of such titles as 'Lost' and 'High School Musical' are among the next-generation extras Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has up its sleeve.
As the studio begins an aggressive push to transition consumers from standard DVD to Blu-ray Disc, it plans to introduce a suite of web-enhanced special features that will include exclusive conversations with filmmakers.
During a presentation to officially unveil Disney's first BD Live title - an elaborate 50th anniversary edition release of 'Sleeping Beauty' - division president Bob Chapek promised to add BD Live elements, which allow movie viewers to tap into the Web for a wealth of interactive options, to all upcoming Disney-branded releases beginning in the fourth quarter.
To further hasten the transition to Blu-ray, Disney is including a standard DVD with 'Sleeping Beauty' to make it easy for consumers to understand the difference between the two formats.
Thanks to BD Live, future Disney releases could include such extras as live chats with filmmakers in which viewers use their BlackBerrys or other PDAs to type in their end of the conversation, which then appears on the screen, as the movie rolls.
The chat function debuts with 'Sleeping Beauty', out October 7, with an instant message window that enables viewers to chat with fellow viewers watching the Blu-ray Disc at the same time.
"The idea of my little girl being able to experience the movie and chat in real time with her grandparents across the country is very exciting to me," Chapek said. "We are introducing this important feature on 'Sleeping Beauty,' but imagine the possibilities of extending this to other titles such as 'High School Musical' or, eventually, ABC's hit show 'Lost.' Can you imagine the level of excitement that will create with the tweens or the rabid fan base of 'Lost'?"