Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blu-Ray Sidebar Art by Toby Bluth

Well before the 2009 Blu-Ray release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, artist Toby Bluth was hired to create a special  border art to accompany the video. When viewers click on the "Disney View” menu option, they can choose to watch the movie in its original 4:3 aspect ratio without the annoyance of the black sidebars. Instead, the space is filled with a set of Bluth's original artwork in the form of theater curtains, columns, pillars, etc. It makes for a beautiful framing of this classic film, but always have the option to turn it off at anytime.

(NOTE: Sidebar art requires a “Profile 1.1” or higher capable Blu-ray Disc Player to display.)

Column and Pillar iimage scans via High Def Disk News.

Included on the Blu-ray is a short film, About Disney View, hosted by the artist who explains why he chose this project and what inspired him. There's also a couple pages of information on his work. To learn more about Toby Bluth, see the previous post.

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