Disney Previews 'Cars' Blu-ray Interactive Features

Posted Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 08:00 AM PDT by
Cars [Blu-ray Preview Screenshot]

Disney has posted a new trailer for its upcoming Blu-ray release of 'Cars,' providing a first glimpse at the disc's much-hyped interactive features.

As previously reported, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment plans to debut the animated blockbuster on November 6, when it will be one of a trio of the first Pixar releases to hit Blu-ray (alongside 'Ratatouille' and 'The Pixar Short Film Collection' ).

Hyped as the "High-Definition Event of the Year" in the lengthy trailer (watch it in full here), 'Cars' seems poised to push the limits of what we've seen so far on the Blu-ray format in terms of interactivity.

Highlighted specifically in the clip are first looks at two features exclusive to the 'Cars' Blu-ray release. Stretching the format's BD-Java capabilities is the "Car Finder" game, allowing viewers to search for over 200 models of cars hidden throughout the movie, and even "race the clock" to find a specific car in a frozen frame of film.

Also touted is the "Cine-Explore" mode, where John Lasseter "personally guides you through the making of the movie while you watch the movie." Judging from the footage that appears in the trailer, the "Cine-Explore" function looks similar to the "In-Movie Experience" picture-in-picture video commentaries common to the HD DVD format, making 'Cars' among the first announced titles to replicate this much sought-after feature on Blu-ray.

Additional announced features on 'Cars' include deleted scenes, the short film "Mater and the Ghostlight" and all of the other features included on the standard-def DVD version of the film, released late last year.

As always, you'll find full specs for 'Cars' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, under the disc's release date of November 6.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Cars (Blu-ray)
Ratatouille (Blu-ray)
The Pixar Short Films Collection: Volume 1 (Blu-ray)
Tags: Disney, Pixar, Exclusive HD Content, High-Def Disc Marketing (all tags)