Disney officially launched its streaming service Disney+ a few hours ago (just after midnight EST) and further details about the service are now starting to come in.
First up, the studio has made it official that the streaming service will debut new episodes of its various original series on a weekly basis at a specific time – namely Fridays at 12:01 am US-PT.
The first episodes of their various series like “The Mandalorian,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” are available now with the second and subsequent ones kicking off this Friday November 15th.
Next, it has been confirmed that the entire “Star Wars” film series, including the original trilogy (special edition versions) and the prequels, have been remastered in 4K with Dolby Vision and Atmos support and is now available as such on compatible devices.
This puts the new streams ahead of the old 2011 Blu-rays in terms of quality so long as you have the right equipment such as an OLED or QLED TV and a decent media player capable of playing those formats (eg. Apple TV). A 4K UHD disc set isn’t expected to arrive until sometime well into next year.
Another added bonus with both the previous “Star Wars” trilogies? Disney+ has kept the original 20th Century Fox studio fanfare intact. A downside is the Greedo shoots scene has been changed yet again and includes an extra shot of Greedo saying something which sounds like “maclunkey”.
That’s not the only confirmed 4K HDR inclusions at launch as classics like “The Sword and the Stone,” “The Black Cauldron” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” along with live-action films like both “National Treasure” films, “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Remember the Titans,” “Hocus Pocus,” most of the Marvel Studios films, and almost all the Pixar and many modern Disney animated features.
Other confirmed inclusions include the entire first thirty seasons of “The Simpsons,” while “Avatar” surprisingly boasts a “family-friendly” version of the James Cameron-directed feature which removes the cursing – with or without it though, only the theatrical cut is presently available.
Disney+ is available now in the U.S. on various devices.