The Dark Knight live, interactive director's commentary
There's a stunning feature on the Blu-ray release for The Dark Knight - a live, interactive commentary from the director Christopher Nolan. Yes, live and interactive, that means you can ask him questions as you watch the film at the same time as he's watching it.
Sounds incredible doesn't it? Well it's happening, and you could be one of the people chatting to Christopher Nolan during his live commentary.
The features on The Dark Knight (Filmstalker review) disc are going to take advantage of the Blu-ray component called BD Live, the interactive additions to Blu-ray that are available on the higher end Blu-ray players and the PlayStation 3 console.
I say features because it's not just this live commentary that is taking advantage of the Blu-ray format, but the IMAX portions of the film. It's the commentary though that is the most attractive feature of the disc.
According to All Things Fangirl (who have a poor understanding of Blu-ray) through The Times, using the BD Live features of The Dark Knight Blu-ray disc, Christopher Nolan will engage in a live commentary of the film with one hundred thousand people listening in live and watching the film at the same time. Not only will he host the commentary but the viewers will be able to chat with him about the film.
Now that sounds superb, and hopefully with a present of that very Blu-ray disc this Xmas, I could be in amongst that group on December the 18th. Oh, wait, there's a problem with those dates. Anyone else got a copy?
There's also another interesting feature on the disc offering, you can grab yourself a webcam and record your own commentary for the entire film or merely a scene or two, upload it and allow others to view it. Now All Things Fangirl capture the strength of this part, it's not the fact that you could watch anyone doing a commentary, but that you could see someone famous or one of your friends doing one.
Taking that even further, you could gather together a group and create portions of a commentary for the entire film. I wonder if that could be taken even further and you could perform a commentary online with a group of friends? Now that would be something special.
Overall it seems that BD Live is starting to gain some interesting meat, and things are looking very exciting for the future of Blu-ray interactive.