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At the Movies: 9 High-Def Titles with Hidden Features

Sure, high-definition Blu-ray discs have super-sharp video quality. But there's more on those discs than simply entertainment. We grudgingly ate a few pounds of popcorn, watched a few hundred films and ascertained which discs most effectively show off the funky extras studios are including with today's DVDs. From live content to owners-only Web sites to meet-the-directors exclusives, these are the DVDs most likely to impress your friends.

iPod Compatible

The Watchmen on Blu-ray comes with a digital copy that you can transfer to and watch on your computer—or even transfer it to an iPod. The disc also includes Maximum Movie Mode, which is the closest thing to actually having the director with you in your living room, walking you through the movie.

Warner Home Video

Trivia and Quiz Games

The “ultimate” T2 version for the videophile, the T2 Complete Collector's Set is the best this film has ever looked ... outside the theater, that is. With lossless Dolby 6.0 audio, the movie's never sounded better either. The BD-Live interactive menus allow viewers to play trivia games and take quizzes while watching the film—and it has truly great packaging.

Lionsgate

Live NASA Content

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek contains over three hours of behind-the-scenes features, including branching pods that allow for more in-depth exploration, plus a Starfleet Vessel Simulator that renders 360-degree views and close-ups, a digital copy of the movie, and access to the latest news from NASA via BD-Live.  Available November 17, 2009.

Paramount

Personalized Phone Calls

Snow White on Blu-ray Disc is sure to entertain the ankle-biters in your life. Keep yourself sane as you watch it for the hundredth time by losing yourself in the premium hi-tech features, personalized encounters and interactive abilities beyond just the film itself. Interactive BD-Live features include the iconic Magic Mirror that personally greets your little viewers by name, and an interactive game that can actually call viewers on the telephone and leave a personalized message. 

Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Astounding HD Quality

Looking for simply the best video to show off that ungodly expensive television? Shot entirely in HD, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, Planet Earth is one of the greatest documentaries ever produced. The movement and images were captured so pristinely that you will feel as if you are immersed in every moment.

BBC

DIY Music Videos

Will Farrell and John C. Reilly? What could be better? How about the disc's hilarious music video editor,"Boats N Hoes"? Fans can edit together their own music video with  Farrell and Reilly and then post them online so their friends can rate and comment on the video.

Sony Pictures

Virtual Racecar Garage

This adrenaline-charged action thriller features a ground-breaking iPhone and iPod touch-enabled function powered by BD-Live. Fast & Furious Blu-ray offers viewers the ability through their devices to enter the "Virtual Car Garage," where they can control 360-degree views of the film's built-for-speed street racers and punch up exclusive technical auto specs for an unprecedented interactive experience. 

Universal

70mm Transfers

Interactive digital features are neat, to be sure. But when given the right technologies, it's amazing to see what movie studios can do with good video. This documentary was filmed in 24 countries on six continents in the 70mm format; recently restored, it's the only movie ever transferred with an 8K HD Scan, preserving all the extra detail gained by that jumbo 70mm film. 

Current Actor/Director Info

The latest in the X-Men franchise is the first-ever movie released featuring Live Lookup, an interactive BD-Live technology that gives fans access to up-to-date filmographies and information related to the film via IMDb. What's Hugh Jackman done lately? Pop the disc in and find out! There’s also a fun featurette called "Weapon X Mutant Files," which chronicles 10 characters from the world of Wolverine through interviews and clips.

Fox Home Entertainment

At the Movies: 9 High-Def Titles with Hidden Features

Sure, high-definition Blu-ray discs have super-sharp video quality. But there's more on those discs than simply entertainment. We grudgingly ate a few pounds of popcorn, watched a few hundred films and ascertained which discs most effectively show off the funky extras studios are including with today's DVDs. From live content to owners-only Web sites to meet-the-directors exclusives, these are the DVDs most likely to impress your friends.

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