In an unusually early announcement, Disney has confirmed an October 2008 Blu-ray debut for its direct-to-video sequel, 'Tinkerbell.'
According to the studio, the long-delayed sequel to the Disney classic 'Peter Pan' will hit Blu-ray day and date with the standard-def DVD on October 28, 2008.
Although critics and diehard fans alike have long criticized Disney's direct-to-video sequels for being substandard to the classics that inspired them, expectations are unusually high for 'Tinkerbell.' The release will mark the first such title to feature the active participation of Pixar, whose own creative figurehead John Lasseter personally took over the project after it had been mired in years of development snafus.
Given the early nature of the announcement, Disney has revealed only preliminary details thus far, but they certainly seem promising.
Among the confirmed bonus features are a making-of featurette, an interactive game, and two interactive guides, "NaturePedia" and "The Guide to Pixie Hollow" -- the latter of which will be enhanced for the Blu-ray with BD-Live functionality.
Tech specs include 1080p video and the studio's usual uncompressed PCM 5.1 Surround audio (at 48kHz/24-bit).
Disney has set a retail price of $34.98.
As always, we'll you posted as more information is revealed over the coming months. In the meantime, you'll find the latest disc details for 'Tinkerball' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under October 28, 2008.
We've also set up a dedicated thread where you can discuss Disney's first announced direct-to-video Blu-ray title in our Forums area -- click the following link to discuss the 'Tinkerbell' Blu-ray release.
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