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Pirates, Cars headed to Blu-ray this year

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Cars, the top-selling DVDs of 2006, are headed to Blu-ray this year as part of the studio’s most ambitious Blu-ray release slate yet, Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment announced Monday at CES.

Disney will begin debuting some of its biggest DVD sellers on 50GB Blu-ray discs in March in North America, Europe and Asia.

In the U.S., the studio will release Chicken Little and Finding Neverland March 20, followed by King Arthur’s Director’s Cut and G.I. Jane on April 3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and its sequel Dead Man’s Chest are due sometime in May worldwide, followed by Con Air, Crimson Tide and The Rock on June 8. Cars, The Recruit and Open Range are due out this summer, the studio said.

“Blu-ray is quickly becoming the high-definition standard on the market today, and we are very pleased to add this amazing slate of Blu-ray releases that will appeal to our core demographic,” BVWHE president Bob Chapek said. “With the dual-layer, 50GB discs, the possibilities for exciting new interactive features and additional bonus content are endless.”

Disney didn’t provide any details on what bonus features would be included on the upcoming releases or pricing.

So far Disney has only released a handful of films on Blu-ray, including Eight Below and Dinosaur.