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|Home: BigScreen Journal - Disney Announces 2009 Blu-ray Releases, Including Pinocchio, Snow White, A Bug's Life, and Monsters, Inc.|
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment announced this week their upcoming slate of Blu-ray disc releases for 2009 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
In addition to providing the movie on a Blu-ray disc for high definition enjoyment, Disney wisely recognizes that their movies won't be played just in Blu-ray players, but that people will also want to take the movie with them and play it in the car and other locations that are not yet equipped with Blu-ray players.
To that end, many of their 2009 releases will be in the form of Blu-ray + DVD Combo packs. This was a strategy they employed with the 2008 release of the Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition and I'm glad to see that they are expanding on that idea!
|The Pinocchio 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition will be released on Blu-ray disc on March 10, 2009 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon.com|
Some of the Blu-ray + DVD Combo packs that we can look forward to include:
While Pinocchio isn't one of my favorite Disney's classics, the fact that Disney is going to be releasing both that title and Snow White (both Platinum-designated titles) is very encouraging indeed! I know a particular 4-year old that is going to be very happy when Snow White is released... you're never too young to start appreciating 1080p HD!
The Blu-ray disc will present the movie in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and the original English Mono track will be provided as well as a "5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix." French and Spanish tracks are also included.
On Disney's site, they have some details about the extras included on the Pinocchio Blu-ray disc:
The DVD combo packs are one way that studios are tossing a bone to consumers buying into the high definition Blu-ray format. Another way is what's called a Digital Copy. This is a DVD-ROM data disc that is included in the package that you can insert into your computer to unlock a version of the movie that can be watched on your computer or portable devices (iPod, Zune, etc.).
Disney announced that 14 of its 2009 releases will have Digital Copies, including:
Having two Pixar movies in this line-up is great news. Pixar's previous releases, Cars, Ratatouille, and WALL-E, have gotten great marks for both excellent picture and sound!
Other titles announced by Disney include (day and date release on Blu-ray and DVD, but not combos):
Kudos to Disney for planning some good releases for 2009, and we can't wait to hear what titles might fall under the "more to follow" category!
Source: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Press Release
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