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Lionsgate has announced that it is to use a next generation menu system - Metamenu - for all of its Blu-ray Disc releases. The first titles include: Crash, Lord of War, The Punisher, Saw and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Metamenu will provide an element of consistency that was missing with DVD, each title will "open with a 20-second demonstration video and then immediately play the movie. A timer counts down to the main attraction while an animated interface loads and a voiceover explains how to use the simple Metamenu system. Gone are the days of the endless series of trailers and needless menu screens that have been proven to frustrate focus group users as well as consumers at home.

"During the introduction, users can click Play, Enter or Next on their remote control anytime to jump directly to the movie. During the movie, Metamenu users can click a single button to summon a sliding menu shade, which appears superimposed over the video and provides easy access to everything on the disc, including individual scenes, natural language settings, a video tutorial, and key map help system - all while keeping the high-definition movie running in the background."

The technology comes from Metabeam, who specialise in the interactivity of entertainment systems. They are also developing similar technologies for both HD DVD and DVD, and have an authoring system available to produce the menus. If you are interested in taking a closer look then they will be demonstrating Metamenu system 1.0 and Lionsgate Blu-ray Discs at Venture Forum 2006 booth #600 in exhibit hall three at the San Jose Convention Center.

Here's a few menu images to check out and have a look here to see animated versions:


Lionsgate Demo Metamenu

Lionsgate Demo Metamenu

Lionsgate Demo Metamenu

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