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|Home: BigScreen Journal - Paramount Provides Additional Features on "Transformers" Blu-ray via BD-Live, including footage from "Transformers: Revenge of the Fall|
For quite some time, we've been trumpeting the potential of the BD-Live feature of Blu-ray high definition discs. This feature allows your player to connect to the Internet and access additional content provided by the studio, including new videos, polls, events, or other interactive features. To top it off, the studio can update this content at any time after the disc has been purchased, which means that they have the potential to continually reward those who have purchased the movie on Blu-ray.
However, for the most part, studios have not taken advantage of that potential to deliver anything after the release of the disc.
That has changed in Paramount's recent decision to provide new BD-Live content on the Blu-ray disc for Transformers in advance of the theatrical release of its sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which lands in theaters this coming Wednesday, June 24, 2009.
According to Video Business magazine, the new content was made available on the disc's BD-Live menu on June 16th. Since I don't have the disc, I decided to rent it from Netflix and see for myself.
According to High-Def Digest's review of the Transformers Blu-ray disc, the BD-Live extras at the time of release included:
TheHDRoom.com says that the new content amounts to approximately 25 minutes of new footage.
I viewed some of the sneak peek footage for the new movie and, while it's nice to see footage being added long after the disc's original release, the fact that the video is windowboxed on the screen (not in HD) and that it's only in 2-channel sound diminishes the fun factor. It's the kind of thing you'd expect to see on an official web site, not on your high definition home theater surround system. Since I'm not all that interested in the movie, I didn't watch any of the other new extras. Given the lackluster quality of the sneak peek footage, the expectation was set that the others would be the same, so we'll see if I have the chance and the inclination to look at the rest over the weekend before I pop the disc back in the mail.
We applaud Paramount for taking the opportunity to enhance the ownership experience for those who purchased the first movie on Blu-ray, we like to see videos that bespeak the performance of the disc itself. At least give us the choice between a low resolution and fast download, and waiting a little longer for something that will create a better impression.
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