Disney Unwraps 'National Treasure' Blu-ray Details

Posted Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 06:00 AM PST by Peter Bracke
National Treasure

Disney has unveiled full details for its Blu-ray release of 'National Treasure,' including several brand new special features.

As we've previously reported, Disney recently confirmed a May 20 Blu-ray arrival for 'National Treasure,' which will hit stores day-and-date with the Blu-ray and standard DVD debut of its blockbuster sequel, 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets.'

Though initial specs for 'National Treasure' were scarce, Disney has now issued the full press announce, which sees the $150 million-grossing Nicolas Cage smash enjoying an unexpected bounty of all-new exclusive content.

New to the Blu-ray will be "Mission History," a look inside the Declaration of Independence that boasts more than 70 minutes of new video content. Also newly-unearthed for the high-def version will be a never-before-released audio commentary with director Jon Turteltaub and actor Justin Bartha.

Rounding out the package are all of the bonus features found on the original DVD edition, including three making-of featurettes ("National Treasure On Location," "The Knights Templar," "Treasure Hunters Revealed"), the "Riley's Decode This!" interactive featurette that includes a trio of puzzling challenges, deleted scenes and an alternate ending with optional director's audio commentary, and an opening scene animatic (also with optional Director's audio commentary)

Tech specs feature a BD-50 dual-layer disc with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video, uncompressed PCM 5.1 Surround (48kHz/24-bit) audio, and optional Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and subtitle options in English, French and Spanish.

Suggested etail for the Blu-ray has been set at $34.98.

You'll find complete specs for 'National Treasure' (as well as 'Book of Secrets') linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under May 20.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Disney's latest 'Treasure' in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'National Treasure/National Treasure: Book of Secrets' Blu-ray releases.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
National Treasure (Blu-ray)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disney, Exclusive HD Content, Disc Announcements (all tags)