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December 30th, 2001

DVD Gripes

I received a good number of DVDs for Christmas. This is an interesting time to receive them, as the only DVD player I currently have is on my Mac (our TV has no video inputs of any kind thus, a DVD player in the living room will require a fair investment.)

There are a couple of things that bug me about DVDs, though. First: at least one DVD I own doesn’t allow fast-forwarding through the FBI warning and copyright notice. That may be acceptable if I wasn’t forced to sit through previews as well – all before the menu is accessible!

Second, the lack of bonus features on some DVDs is disappointing. There are two or three in our collection now that have, maybe, the trailer and (oooh!) audio tracks in other languages touted as bonuses. There are fewer and fewer DVDs made nowadays without some groovy bonus features, but these are dozers.

The biggest disappointment, though, came with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I perused the back of the DVD’s box and noticed in tiny, tiny type at the very bottom: “DVD-ROM bonus features require Windows 95/98 and may not work on a Macintosh.” Zot? As it turns out, it was true: all I can do is play the movie, and all of the bonus features cause DVD Player to crash. What kind of lame-brained move is this? People do use things other than Windows, you know.

All in all, I enjoy the heck out of DVDs – but a few of the little things do annoy me. -pm

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday December 30, 2001 -- 11:43:03AM
Myself, I steer away from any releases that don't offer some sort of bonus materials (except in the case of old kung-fu movies or the rarer horror films that may not get the "special treatment"). As far as previews, maybe it's because of the lack of "blockbusters" in my collection, but I don't own a single DVD with previews that you are forced to watch.

FROM: dave
DATE: Sunday December 30, 2001 -- 11:56:18AM
I have a DVD player, but I got it as part of the package deal with my Playstation2 (you know, two birds, one stone, save 200 bucks or so).

The DVD interface on the PS2 is horrible. For now (until I buy a remote add-on) I have to use the game controller to maneuver thru DVD menus. I can't figure out how to adjust some things, like contrast/brightness etc.

What's worse, I had to buy an RF switch to use it, because I have a cheap Malaysian TV with no decent video jacks. Whenever I want to watch a DVD I have to swap plugs because I run PS2 games thru the VCR...if you run a DVD signal thru a VCR it degrades the picture.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Sunday December 30, 2001 -- 1:24:14PM
Paul: Have you tried the forward button during these previews? I've found you can bypass them almost every time.

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Wednesday January 2, 2002 -- 6:59:39PM
There's a story over at the IMDB that the costs of adding all those "extra" features to DVDs are becoming too much for the studios to bear and will likely result in them being dropped from future DVDs.

Read here

Sounds pretty lame to me.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday January 2, 2002 -- 9:39:41PM
Aaron -- Agreed. I think it's a cop-out.

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