Disney’s WOW World of Wonder disc to offer home theater calibration “how to” for consumers and professionals

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On November 2, The Walt Disney Studios will be releasing its WOW World of Wonder Disc, a step-by-step visual guide to calibrating and optimizing a high definition (HD) entertainment system. The release is designed to help consumers get the best quality experience from their home theater systems by providing everyone from beginners and enthusiasts to experts and custom installers with the necessary calibration tools to get the job done.

Building on what Goofy began with the 2007 comedy-fillled animated short “How to Hook Up Your Home Theater,” the character will now guide WOW users via an on-screen menu through a series of tests and patterns with the goal of tweaking home video and audio settings to look and sound their best.

World of Wonder features 35 A/V calibration and evaluation tools that cover topics including proper alignment of home theater equipment, calibration tasks for specific monitors, displays, and projectors, a “pixel flipper” to attempt to eliminate “burn-in” and “stuck” pixels, a video encoder stress test, and much more.

In addition to a variety of test patterns and audio sequences, tutorial videos are available on World of Wonder describing topics like “What makes up a picture?”, “What is sound?” and “What is compression?”.

On the official World of Wonder web site, Disney has released a few video clips as well as a PDF download of the full manual that accompanies the WOW World of Wonder disc.

The Disney WOW World of Wonder disc will be available in a number of packaged configurations. The two disc packaging features the WOW instructional A/V calibration and a demonstration disc, which includes clips from popular Disney titles including Toy Story, UP, Bolt and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, and an exclusive disc called “VISIONS: Inspired by Nature,” featuring natural and digitally created landscapes with original music scores and ambient sounds.

The Disney WOW World of Wonder standard definition DVD will retail for $29.99 and the Blu-Ray version will cost $34.99 MSRP. Versions containing the bonus disc are $5 more. Other bundles that include an HDMI cable will also be available.

List of features and tests available on WOW World of Wonder:

BLU-RAY BONUS FEATURES:
DISCOVER
Beginner
•Home Theater Basics With Goofy
•Easy As 1-2-3
•Lost University
•Split Screen Showdown

Advanced
•What Makes up A Picture?
•What Is Sound?
•What Is Compression?
•What are interlaced/progressive
What is 24 frame playback?

Disney Blu-ray™
•Creating New Memories
•Digital Copy
•Disney Movie Rewards
•Disney BD-Live™

OPTIMIZE
Beginner
VIDEO TOOLS
•Brightness
•Aspect Ratio
•Contrast
•Color
•Sharpness

VIEWING ANGLE DIAGNOSTIC
Find the best seat in the house

AUDIO TOOLS
•Speaker ID
•Polarity Test
•Noise Floor
•Buzz & Rattle Test
ADVANCED
VIDEO TOOLS
Professional Video Calibration and Monitor Evaluation specifically designed for optimizing and testing all displays including:
•LCD
•Plasma
DLP
•OLED
•CRT
•Projector

ADVANCED VIDEO CALIBRATION TOOLS
•Advanced Brightness & Contrast
Aspect Ratio
•Convergence
•Chroma & Hue
•Sharpness/Focus
•Overscan Test
•A/V Sync

DISPLAY EVALUATION TOOLS
Purity
•Scaling Test
•Advanced Scaling 1 & 2
•Sharpness/Focus
•Hyperbolic Zone Plate
•White-Black Clipping
•Viewing Angle Test
•Gamma Response
•Grayscale
Scaling Test
•Advanced Scaling 1 & 2
•Sharpness/Focus
•Hyperbolic Zone Plate
•White-Black Clipping
•Viewing Angle Test
•Gamma Response
•Grayscale
•Compound Test Chart

AUDIO TOOLS
•Speaker ID
•Polarity Test
•Noise Floor
•Buzz & Rattle Test
•A/V Sync
•Speaker Level Adjustment
AUDIO TOOLS
•Speaker ID
•Polarity Test
•Noise Floor
•Buzz & Rattle Test
•A/V Sync
•Speaker Level Adjustment
•Subwoofer Level Adjustment

EXPERT
PROFESSIONAL TOOLS
HD SHOOTOUT
Standard DVD vs. HD Blu-ray (BD only)
EXPERIENCE
INCLUDES BREATHTAKING SCENES FROM YOUR FAVORITE DISNEY FILMS AND MORE
•TOY STORY
•TOY STORY 2
•UP
•WALL-E
•G-FORCE

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