Disney WOW: World of Wonder
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The Disney WOW World of Wonder Disc is a definitive "how to" guide for in-home High Definition (HD) optimization of home entertainment systems featuring the help of classic Disney character GOOFY and including HD demonstration clips from popular Disney titles including Toy Story, Up, Bolt and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The easy to follow on-screen guide 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 alike with valuable high quality calibration tools.
Until now, do-it-yourself home theater enthusiasts only had two viable options when calibrating their HD-equipped systems: Digital Video Essentials HD Basics and Spears & Munsil High-Definition Benchmark, both of which suffer from a number of shortcomings and limitations (particularly for those trying to fine-tune an LCD, Plasma or LED display). Enter Disney, a somewhat surprising (and welcome) new player on the calibration stage. WOW: World of Wonder not only sets the bar for calibration suites available in high definition, it provides an as-yet-unrivaled home-video education on the nuances of properly calibrated audio and video gear, offers an extensive collection of smartly conceived tests and tools, and delivers it all via a helpful, user-friendly experience designed with a variety of users in mind. --Blu-ray Forum
All home theaters should have a disc like this. WOW is a tutorial disc that helps you to set up your HD system to its maximum potential. It helps you calibrate the sound and the picture, and does so with easy step-by-step guides. --Best Blu-ray Movies, Yahoo News
Kudos to Disney, Using a combination of the beginner and advanced calibration tools, I dialed in the Samsung TV to some accurate, eye-popping levels, Disney's WOW disc is great for installers and home theater enthusiasts. The disc produced some stunning results. --Robert Archer, CE Pro
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All of your basic settings will be easy to adjust. Your colors and contrasts will look natural (not overblown or underwhelming) and your TV will burst to life. There are three levels- Basic, Advanced and Expert. Each and every adjustment available has an explanation as to what the setting does, how to do the test, and then the test itself. Basic is for those that don't understand enough to be dangerous but still want a good picture (Mom, you would understand how to do this with this level, I promise). Advanced is for people like me that like to get a little more into it and that understand more than just the basics (many people even interested in a product like this are probably in this category). Expert is for those that literally have the (expensive) tools of the trade and need a simple/fast Blu Ray to use as reference (99% of you reading this review will most likely not be in this category... like me).
All in all, a good purchase. I suggest getting the one-disc (read: cheaper) version as most people claim the 2nd disc is kinda lame anyway and they have enough Disney and Disney Pixar clips on the one-disc to test how it all looks after adjusting. (Wall-e looks awesome once it's all done.)
Despite an unfortunate title - the Disney WOW is the best of the lot (if you are not using instruments). The title implies a kids video with cartoon characters. Just the opposite is true. This is a serious calibration disc with excellent tutorials, an excellent manual and is the easiest disc, of the lot, to use. There are NO cartoon characters in evidence - this is a serious calibration disc created by a major studio.
However, keep in mind, you'll ONLY be able to adjust 3 parameters on your high definition TV reliably BY EYE ----- NO MATTER WHAT DISC YOU USE.
But these are important parameters.
You'll be able to adjust your black level, white level and sharpness setting. That means your blacks will be as black as possible yet you'll still be able to see dark grays. Your whites will be as bright as possible but you'll still see shades of white just below peak. Finally - you can adjust your sharpness setting for full detail but without any edge enhancement (a white outline around objects to create the false impression of sharpness).
All four of these discs do that but the WOW disc is easier to use and easier to get the best results by eye.
If I were playing around with a test instrument such as a colorimeter (Spyder, etc) and planning on delving into the hidden service menus of my HDTV, I'd purchase the Spears & Munsil II disc. Otherwise the WOW is superior and has the easiest to use test patterns for the key parameters that you can set by eye. In fact, the WOW disc actually has the better patterns with finer granularity than the other discs.
An unfortunate title for a superior disc.
Update (August 2013): Spears and Munsil has just released their second editon test disc which is superb yet the Disney WoW still remains my favorite for setting up the basics
The disc also includes some looping blu ray scenic clips (rivers, forests, coastlines, that kinda stuff) as well as some looping Disney blu ray samples like Toy Story and UP. The scenic clips would be good for popping on in the background to have some beautiful scenery on the TV while cooking, cleaning, reading, whatever. There's a second disc that has some more stuff like that but I haven't checked it out yet. Very happy with what this has to offer. Especially if you're a TV/Tech enthusiast like me and want to get the most out of your new TV but you're not a hardcore A/V geek who wants to tweak all the "advanced" settings one by one.