Atlanta - The Walt
Disney Studios Home Entertainment is unveiling at this week's CEDIA Expo
the Disney WOW World of Wonder Disc, offering an easy to use guide to optimally
setting up High Definition (HD) home entertainment systems.
The disc, which is designed for a wide range of knowledge levels
- from beginners to expert custom installers - will be available November 2 on
Blu-ray and DVD, offering a collection of valuable high quality calibration
Disney said the WOW disc has been engineered to meet or exceed
the Digital Reference Standard for ultra high fidelity picture and sound.
It will be offered along with exclusive content on a bonus disc,
an added Disney film and a high performance HDMI cable.
The disc offers viewers the basics of home theater alongside
Disney's Goffy character, and takes them through basic instructions for
maximizing home theater performance through on-screen menus.
The disc packaging also includes an illustrated handbook. The Disney WOW disc is comprehensive and
applicable to everything from flat panel displays and OLED screens to
projection equipment and CRT based TV sets, as well as multiple sound formats
ranging from Stereo to 7.1 Channel Surround.
A total of 35 A/V calibration and evaluation tools are included
for beginners, advanced and expert home theater enthusiasts. Beginner tools are
designed for ease of use in the proper alignment of home theater
The Advanced section contains A/V addresses professional
evaluation and calibration tasks for specific monitors, displays, and
projectors. Illustrations in the included 56 page booklet and the on-screen
guide provide clear examples of properly and improperly calibrated A/V test
Also included on the disc are the following:
Pixel Flipper - Exercises all of the pixels on
the screen, to eliminate "burn-in" and "stuck" pixels.
Viewing Angle Diagnostic -Determines viewing
angles on the owner's monitor.
The Video Encoder Stress Test - Pushes the
limits of a professional video encoding system by presenting video encoding
challenges running simultaneously on the screen, allowing viewers to compare
results to the WOW Benchmark Reference.
Direct Access - Enables experienced users to
bypass the regular menus and go to a list of all A/V Tools where they can
access the tool of their choice directly.
The Disney WOW World of Wonder disc will be presented
in several packaged configurations with either a single disc version or a two
(2) disc version available.
The two disc packaging features two discs: the
WOW instructional A/V calibration and demonstration disc, which includes clips
from Disney titles including "Toy Story," "UP," "Bolt" and "Pirates of the
Caribbean: At World's End," and, as special added content, an exclusive disc
called "VISIONS: Inspired by Nature," featuring natural and digitally created
landscapes with original music scores and ambient sounds.
The Disney WOW disc will be available in a variety of packages
including the following:
The Disney WOW World of Wonder DVD ($30 suggested retail); The
Disney WOW World of Wonder Blu-ray Disc ($35);
the Disney WOW World of Wonder DVD packaged with the Visions: Inspired
by Nature bonus disc ($35).
The Disney WOW World of Wonder Blu-ray packaged with the Visions:
Inspired by Nature bonus disc ($40); e
All will street on November 2, with and October 5 pre-book date.
Pricing and street dates are still to be determined for the
following product bundles:
Disney Home Theater Value Pack (WOW DVD + HDMI Cable); Disney
Home Theater Value Pack (WOW Blu-ray + HDMI Cable); Disney Home Theater Starter
Pack (WOW DVD + Disney Movie DVD + HDMI cable); and Disney Home Theater Starter
Pack (WOW Blu-ray + Disney Movie Blu-ray + HDMI cable).