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DVD Pet Peeves

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5th September 2007 8:50  #1

Director7 Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
DVD Pet Peeves
I couldn't help but think of this when I got irritated with those dumb snap "locks" that are on the side of some DVD cases.

....or how ALL WB movies like to make the Title real TINY on the spine of EVERY SINGLE DVD they release.

Anyway, I'm curious to see what things bother you guys, or things you like about DVD's, Movies, or anything related.

5th September 2007 9:22  #2

Nic_Mall Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 91
People b***hing about the RRP. NO ONE WITH AN OUNCE OF SENSE PAYS THE RRP!

5th September 2007 10:55  #3

Plas Member Join Date: September 2007 Location: Portugal Posts: 6
Does this also apply to the content of the DVD itself? Then I'd have to say any piece of video before you get to the menus that you can't skip.

Let's see... you have the trailers for movies you don't care about and will never see, the studio logo, the distributor logo, the Dolby Digital and/or the THX promo and finally it's vaguely implied that you're a criminal for "stealing" movies.

5th September 2007 11:28  #4

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,120 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Nic_Mall wrote: People b***hing about the RRP. NO ONE WITH AN OUNCE OF SENSE PAYS THE RRP!

But the RRP informs the price of the finished product. Granted you may get the odd loss leader, but if stuff was sold to the retailers cheaper then they could pass that on to the consumer.

5th September 2007 11:54  #5

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Options that are locked during playback, such as the ability to switch subtitles on and off, switching audio tracks, and skipping pre-menu trailers or warnings.

5th September 2007 12:09  #6

Nic_Mall Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 91
"You wouldn't steal a handbag" and all that b*****ks

5th September 2007 13:04  #7

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
RIP chapter leaflets/inlay booklets

5th September 2007 15:48  #8

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,120 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Matt wrote: Options that are locked during playback, such as the ability to switch subtitles on and off, switching audio tracks, and skipping pre-menu trailers or warnings.

Yep, PUOPs suck. They're also the problem with skipping the FBI and copyright warnings etc. Nothing pisses em off more than not being able to switch audio tracks on the fly mind you. WTF should I have to go back to the menu to change audio or subtitle options? It's worse when doing that makes the film start at the beginning again. Lazy programming.

5th September 2007 17:04  #9

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
The fact that some DVD companies still consider animated menus as a special feature.

5th September 2007 17:44  #10

Rodrigo Giust Member Join Date: September 2004 Location: Uruguay Posts: 103 Send a message via MSN to Rodrigo Giust
Nic_Mall wrote: "You wouldn't steal a handbag" and all that b*****ks


HA! that advertising is marvelous compared to the one we got on Latin America, here´s an idea of it:

It starts on a kitchen where a young kid is drawing ready for school, her brother is sitting next to her and their grandmother is besides them.
Then the mother of the kids enter and tells them that she bought a movie on the street and her mother says one of the most stupid lines ever "buying a copied movie is like stealing isn´t it?" and the answer she gets is "No, I PAID for it".
After this, the boy starts to leave and his mother stops him telling him he has to study for exams, the kid replies "No, I already have the answers" the mother "shocked" asks him if he stole the exam, the kid replies "No, I bought it" the kid leaves, cue the overly melodramatic music (seriously) the woman looks at her mother and daughter and the kid says "like your movie".
And then to top it all of a card says "Bootleged movies look bad, you as a parent look worse".

The most annoying thing is that you can´t skip it!

5th September 2007 18:43  #11

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Chris Gould wrote: Matt wrote: Options that are locked during playback, such as the ability to switch subtitles on and off, switching audio tracks, and skipping pre-menu trailers or warnings.

Yep, PUOPs suck. They're also the problem with skipping the FBI and copyright warnings etc. Nothing pisses em off more than not being able to switch audio tracks on the fly mind you. WTF should I have to go back to the menu to change audio or subtitle options? It's worse when doing that makes the film start at the beginning again. Lazy programming.

The added thing is, on most authoring programs the ability to skip past items and switch audio and subtitles on the fly is a default setting, so somewhere during the menu authoring process whoever is making a particular disc has made a conscience decision to not allow people to do these things and lock things down--and even if it isn't the default setting it's only a matter of undoing a check box within the authoring program. Annoys the piss out me every time I want to switch from a commentary track to regular audio and vice versa.

6th September 2007 2:26  #12

Die Hard Fan Member Join Date: May 2007 Location: United States Posts: 35
Different and better covers overseas than in Noth America.
Those carboard case
Slip covers like the Spiderman 2.1 edition and others. Its the same as the dvd case cover.
No index sheets like there use to be.

6th September 2007 2:35  #13

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Die Hard Fan wrote: Different and better covers overseas than in Noth America.
And then man created the printer...

6th September 2007 9:59  #14

demiscy Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Cyprus Posts: 589
Tony DeFrancisco wrote: The fact that some DVD companies still consider animated menus as a special feature.

The Cosby Show on the rear cover refers to the subtitles as special features!

6th September 2007 12:47  #15

Cervantes Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 172
Without a doubt...mine is when the blasted DVD doesn't bother to include the ACTUAL movie 'trailer'...  I don't want to have to watch 'em on the internet...  Sad

6th September 2007 14:38  #16

ashxking Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 20
Snapper Cases. Keep on rereleasing the same movie with nothing new as in footage

6th September 2007 15:19  #17

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Cervantes wrote: Without a doubt...mine is when the blasted DVD doesn't bother to include the ACTUAL movie 'trailer'...  I don't want to have to watch 'em on the internet...  Sad

Especially when there are trailers for other movies on there!

7th September 2007 5:43  #18

Ravenwood Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 230
I hate double sided discs. I have had trouble playing more than a few of them, I get tired of returning them. I had to return the Frighteners DC at least twice before I got one that played properly, I have returned almost half of the Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Volumes and a copy of Carlito's Way. I wish the studios would quit using them.

7th September 2007 9:28  #19

GeoffC Member Join Date: November 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 22
I guess one is release dates, being able to get items quicker and cheaper from the states then in the UK.
Splitting series seasons into 2 parts to make more money in the UK and yet you can get the complete season much cheaper elsewhere offten for just slightly more than part one.

7th September 2007 17:59  #20

Gunsprout Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 171
Dunno if this works for everyone but when there's locked down stuff before you get to the menus then put your disc into your player and start it up. As soon as the duff stuff starts showing switch your dvd player off. Very quickly switch it on again repeatedly pressing the menu button on your remote. On my Pioneer player this puts me straight at the menu without having to sit through 5 minutes of "Piracy is theft" b*****ks...

8th September 2007 14:09  #21

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
I hate it when the shrink wrap is actually glued to the spin of the case (most recently with the James Bond releases).  It comes off the rest of the case so easily, but sticks to the spin.  

I dont mind the little snapper lock on the other side, I just pop them off, and never see them again.

8th September 2007 14:59  #22

Disciple Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Sweden Posts: 766
People complaining about scene index cards. I've never even had a look at any of these. Just press the menu button and go to scene selections.I guess it's a lot faster with HD DVD (don't know about blu-ray) but it doesn't take that long even on DVD, so why would we need these?

Stephen Etherton: I hate it when the shrink wrap is actually glued to the spin of the case (most recently with the James Bond releases).  It comes off the rest of the case so easily, but sticks to the spin.  

Try using those plastic strip things (in lack of a better word) that are attached to the top and bottom of the case that has the title of the film and whatnot on them. Press it against the spine and then rapidly pull it away and what's left of the shrinkwrap should be removed. Can also be used to remove leftovers of the plastic strips themselves.

12th January 2009 15:08  #23

Shemp Member Join Date: January 2009 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 19
Not going straight to the menu,

I agree about the "you wouldnt steal a handbag...a car..."

i yell I WOULD! (i wouldnt *shifty eyes*)

tv sets not keeping any order in their packaging -

example- Region 2 Stargate Atlantis

season 1 - in a clear (with like a puddlejumper printer on it and some fish or something) slipcase, and a holograph front.. pretty

Season 2 - slipcase no print on it, no pretty front

Season 3 - A box (then i ordered the region 1 anyways as it was far cheaper)

and now i see them in shops and they are all normal boxes.... and the sleeve design! GAH!

season 1 and 2 had Wraith on the side and a start of a stargate picture that would all line up once you had all the dvds and make a big picture (like VHS used to do with farscape and buffy etc) and then the 3rd season failed to have either on (the region 2 release)

now Monk... for a show about someone with OCD you think they could be consistant... NOPE!

fairy snuff they go red/white/red/white with there boxes but each box is a diffrent kind of box, some fold out, some are those little tiny thin boxes and then the boxes are diffrent heights.


OH YES I GOT BEEF!

13th January 2009 12:07  #24

watcher517 Member Join Date: November 2008 Location: Canada Posts: 92
Canadian DVDs that have English and French packaging.
Digipacks that have panels that hold 2 discs so you are always taking out multiple discs just to get one.
Warner Bros. releasing TV shows with more than 2 discs in amary cases with a bunch of flaps instead of using digipacks.

13th January 2009 13:49  #25

jmcclane 88 Member Join Date: September 2006 Location: Ireland Posts: 466
I hate the way every Paramount release has the language select option pop up when you put the dvd in. Its annoying when you put a disc in, forget about it and come back a few mins later and its still waiting for you to select English. Oh that annoys me greatly sometimes.

And of course special features available in different regions that aren't included on R2 releases.

14th January 2009 3:08  #26

Sam Spade Member Join Date: January 2007 Location: United States Posts: 2,032 Send a message via MSN to Sam Spade
No commentary.

Every DVD should have a cast & Crew & Director commentary. Do you hear me Spielberg!

No more new editions of Star Wars! Milked to death.

19th January 2009 14:46  #27

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Double Dips!

19th January 2009 17:54  #28

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Buying a multiple disc boxset that you know, even before opening, you'll have to take back to the shop because, despite being sealed, discs 2 and 5 are scratched.

Stickers stuck to slipcases that leave all sorts of c**p behind or pull off the artwork.

The re-issue of Casino Royale has a sticker on the outer cardboard sleeve. The card has a matte finish to it so now, mine has a tacky oval shape where the sticker used to be.

I'VE GOT A TACKY OVAL PEOPLE! COME ON!

2nd February 2009 19:39  #29

James Tully Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 436
One of the things that annoys me is language selection on certain studios DVDs. You have to scroll through about 6 pages of frankly obscure languages before you get to the 'UK' option.

I am sure that the UK is the biggest selling area in the region, so why not just put a shortcut for it on the first page?!!

3rd February 2009 2:21  #30

Moldovia Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 124
James Tully wrote: One of the things that annoys me is language selection on certain studios DVDs. You have to scroll through about 6 pages of frankly obscure languages before you get to the 'UK' option.

I am sure that the UK is the biggest selling area in the
region, so why not just put a shortcut for it on the first page?!!


I'd say that Germany is probably the biggest DVD market in Europe and not the U.K. plus no language is obscure to a native speaker.
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