Disney Unveils Full Specs, Box Art for 'Narnia' Blu-ray

Posted Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 10:00 AM PDT by Peter Bracke
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Disney has revealed new details for the highly-anticipated Blu-ray release of 'Chronicles of Narnia,' which will hit high-def this May as a two-disc set with hours of bonus features and exclusive content.

As we first reported last month, 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' will make its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on May 13 as one of the most eagerly-awaited next-gen releases of the year.

Full specs are now in, with Disney porting over all of the bonus features found on the previous two-disc DVD special edition of the film. Among the numerous extras are two audio commentaries (the first with the filmmakers, the second a cast track with the film's young stars), a seven-part "Creating Narnia" documentary ("Chronicles Of A Director," "The Children's Magical Journey," "Evolution Of An Epic," "From One Man's Mind," "Cinematic Storytellers," "Creating Creatures", "Anatomy of a Scene: The Melting River"), an additional three-part "Creatures, Lands & Legends" feature ("Legends In Time,""Creatures Of The World," the "Explore Narnia" Interactive 3-D Map), and a "Bloopers Of Narnia" gag reel.

Although the studio indicated in early press materials that 'Narnia' would include picture-in-picture content, no such feature has yet been announced for the Blu-ray. However, exclusive to the release will be the new "Battle For Narnia" interactive game, which will make full use of the format's BD-Java capabilities.

Disney has also confirmed that the Blu-ray will feature the 135-minute theatrical version of the film (not the 147-minute extended version made available as a separate DVD release), which will be presented on a BD-50 dual-layer disc in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and uncompressed PCM 5.1 Surround (48kHz/24-bit).

Finally, Disney has issued box art for 'Narnia':

As previously announced, the studio has set a suggested retail price of $34.98 for the Blu-ray.

You'll find updated specs for 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under May 13.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Disney's latest in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss 'The Chronicles of Narnia' Blu-ray release.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (Blu-ray)
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