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Blu by Chris Adamson I maintain a certain fascination with Blu-Ray, against my better judgement, and this blog is an attempt to pull many thoughts and facts together. It starts with Dragon’s Lair… because these things always start with Dragon’s Lair.
Dragon's Lair Q&A with David Foster Mr. Foster is the general manager at Digital Leisure and a 22-year veteran of the gaming industry who was responsible for developing Dragon's Lair (Blu-ray) using the Sonic Solutions Scenarist authoring tools. Dragon's Lair has now become what seems to be the official test disc for the Blu-ray player manufacturers, and Digital Leisure has been sending discs to a number of the large manufacturers. The title is available from the Digital Leisure website, and from Amazon.com.
There are only very few mass produced consumer products that can lay claim to being true works of art, and Disney's two new entries to the Blu-ray arena, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, may represent the best that high-definition discs today can offer, and as such can be said to have crossed the line into true art.
The Blu-ray BD-J version of Dragon's Lair is a great example of what can be accomplished using BD-Java at this early stage in its development. It is a visually stunning title with a unique game play that might frustrate newcomers to the game, but which will undoubtedly bring back fond memories to nostalgic old-timers.
If you've picked up Speed on Blu-ray and have been somewhat disappointed by the rather barebones and unimaginative use of BD-Java in the movie, then Chicken Little from Disney is the antidote to this emotional malaise. The BD-J features in Disney's Chicken Little are stellar examples of what BD-Java can do. If this is a teaser sample of what Disney can do with the technology, then I cannot wait for what other surprises they have in store for us in the Pirates of Carribbean movies and Cars later this Spring 2007!
This title featured several BD-J features, including a keyword search engine called Search Content, a bookmark function called Personal Scene Selections, a Trivia Track, and a first person shooter game entitled LXG Shooting Gallery, which will be the focus of this review.