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'Real Steel' release hints at the future of DVD extras

Real-steelMovie audiences who fell in love with the spectacle of Hugh Jackman's 'Real Steel' will love what Disney's done with the Blu-ray release that hits shelves this Tuesday (January 24).

Not content with a standard release, the studio is bringing a 'second screen' to viewers' iPads and PC devices. This 'app' enables viewers to interact with the Blu-ray extras as the movie plays.

Want to nimbly skip between chapters without fumbling with your remote? Simply touch the icon on your tablet and 'flick' it in the direction of your television. It's that easy.

Those that have seen the movie will marvel at how seamlessly this blends with what characters are doing on-screen. Hugh Jackman and company use tablet-like devices to control the robots in the action-adventure flick, while you use yours to shift between chapters. Cool, huh?

Having only been given a short amount of time to experience this at a recent Disney event, I can't go into great detail about its functionality, and the app will only be available the day the movie hits shelves. While I saw little to separate the extras I saw from standard DVD extras, the tablet interaction was pretty jaw-dropping. The implications for this are limitless.

This is pretty ground-breaking stuff, and hints at how we'll be watching TV in the years to come.

-- Reviewed by James Havers



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