This email from Darla K. Anderson, producer of Toy Story 3, is excerpted here with permission. I think it’s a pretty spiffy thing to do. So, if you wonder what that menu is on your new TS3 disk, wonder no more.
With the release of Toy Story 3 and Cars Toons on Blu-ray & DVD today, we wanted to let you know about new functionality that we’ve added to our discs.
As you may know, our Theatrical releases go out with a narrative track option for the blind & sight-impaired members or our audience. Through our partnerships with Disney & WGBH, we were able to make the narrative track available on our DVD & Blu-ray & ITunes releases of Up. The positive feedback we received was amazing – especially from kids with sight issues who, until now had not been able to experience our films with their families in a way that felt inclusive to them.
For TS3 and Cars Toons – and going forward, we’ve made a slight adjustment based on feedback from Up. The note we got was that it was tough for a sight-impaired person living independently to access the track which was buried in the menus. To that end, when you insert your new Cars Toons or Toy Story 3 Blu-ray or DVD into your player, a menu card will appear with your audio choices, in conjunction with an audible chime.
The sighted user will select their audio preference from that menu card and have a traditional playback experience. For the sight- impaired user, they only need to hit the ‘5’ key (or ‘5’ + enter on certain players) on their remote, and they’ll automatically be taken to the narrated versions of Day & Night, Toy Story 3, or the Cars Toons Play All version.
We’re thrilled to be able to share our films with an even wider audience, and hope to continue this practice on all future Pixar releases.
Just wanted to let you all know.