Goofy to Teach Consumers How to Hook Up Home Theaters in New BD/DVD – Seriously!


Disney's WOW (World of Wonder) Home Theater How-to Blu-ray © Buena Vista Home Video Entertainment On November 2, Walt Disney Studios will release the Disney WOW (World of Wonder) Blu-ray and DVD discs, designed to assist home consumers in setting up and tuning their high-definition home theaters.

Targeted for the beginner through the expert and custom installers, the Disney WOW disc offers 35 individual easy-to-use A/V calibration and evaluation tools engineered to meet or exceed the Digital Reference Standard for ultra high fidelity picture and sound delivering the best home theater presentation possible.

With the assistance of Goofy, viewers learn the basics of HD television and home theaters and then follow basic instructions to maximize home theater performance through an easy to follow on-screen menu. The disc packaging also includes an in-depth 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.

The Advanced section contains A/V Tools that address 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 patterns.

The Disney WOW disc A/V tools include:

  • Pixel Flipper – This feature exercises all of the pixels on the screen, attempting to eliminate “burn-in” and “stuck” pixels.
  • Viewing Angle Diagnostic – An easy to use diagnostic tool for determining viewing angle on the owner’s monitor.
  • The Video Encoder Stress Test – This test is specifically designed to push the limits of a professional video encoding system. Users will encounter the most difficult possible video encoding challenges running simultaneously on the screen, allowing them to compare results to the WOW Benchmark Reference.
  • Direct Access – This control allows 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 popular Disney titles including Toy Story, UP, Bolt and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End plus an exclusive disc called VISIONS: Inspired by Nature featuring breathtaking natural and digitally created landscapes with original music scores and ambient sounds.

The single-disc DVD edition is retails for $29.99 and the Blu-ray edition retails for $34.99 while the two-disc edition retails for $34.99 DVD and $39.99 Blu-ray. There will also be bundled editions including HDMI cables.

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