Posted Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 12:00 PM PDT by Peter Bracke
Walt Disney Studios has revealed the first news on its upcoming Platinum title plans, saying it will bring five of its most beloved animated classics to Blu-ray over the next two years.
In a New York Times article detailing the studio's efforts to accelerate consumer adoption of the Blu-ray format, the company confirmed that it will release five Platinum titles from its animated library by the end of 2010.
The films due to receive the Platinum treatment (though not necessarily released in this order) are : 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,' 'Fantasia,' 'Fantasia 2000,' 'Pinocchio' and the Oscar-nominated 'Beauty and the Beast.'
The release of Disney's upcoming animated titles will follow 'Sleeping Beauty,' which will kick off the studio's Platinum support on October 7.
Disney did not confirm any street dates or outline further spec details, though each title will feature extensive bonus features and next-gen enhancements, including a continued emphasis on BD-Live interconnectivity.
"BD Live is not a niche product," said Bob Chapek, president of Disney Home Entertainment, adding that the studio expects its animated favorites will reach a wider group of consumers. "We see mass adoption of the technology.
Needless to say, we'll bring your more on this story as it develops. In the meantime, we've added all five of Disney's new Platinum title announcements to the "Release Dates Pending" section of our Blu-ray Release Schedule. Stay tuned!
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