... the <I>full</I> support of the Mouse, BRD can not fail.
I'm not so sure I'd go that far.
High-def has a LONG way to go before it's mainstream.
Until all the major hardware drops down to standard-def prices, it'll remain the providence of the rich and high-tech videophiles who have to be the first kids on the block to own this stuff.
H-D players are already coming down a bit in price, but the HD sets still have a long ways to go before they're near mainstream prices. That's gonna be the big sticking point for many people including yours truly.
My next major point: until most people are convinced that the higher resolution WILL improve their enjoyment of home video, High-Def will stay a niche market.
Look guys, I really do think Blu Ray WILL be declared winner of the H-D wars sometime next year. I'm not entirely convinced, however, that even if we hadn't had the nonsense of two incompatible formats going against each other and the PS3 debacle that we still wouldn't be where we are right now.
High-def is nowhere near mainstream.
When Disney's most popular live-action film of the moment (Pirates I) fails to crack the top ten with a Blu Ray release -- maybe 50,000 copies sold first week it was out? --, there's still some cause for concern.
I'm not so sure that re-releasing Platinum titles on BR will do much good, either. Most of us that really wanted the Platinum titles got them while they were still hot on DVD. Most of us that have these DVDs note that they are still in excellent working order and don't feel a need to get a third or fourth edition of the exact same film on optical format! I'd think exclusive titles, unreleased (to DVD) extras, and classics that HAVEN'T been released on DVD yet are the way to go for BR IN ADDITION to older standards like Snow White.
However, that BR of Snow White is going to have to be dramatically better than the the washed-out, awfully videoy-looking original DVD release AND offer extras not available on DVD already. Might be a good time to recycle some more of those LD exclusives, Disney?