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31st August 2005 1:57  #1

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Extended Movie choice warning
I recently picked up "Meet the Fockers" and when you select play, it brings you to a new menu with the choice of theatrical or extended versions to play. There is a disclaimer that says: "This feature may affect playability on some players" or something along those lines. I was wondering if there was any real threat to this message and if so, what it does.

31st August 2005 3:33  #2

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
It wasn't for me.

31st August 2005 5:05  #3

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
If you have a a way older player, it might not have enough ram or storage buffer to run the feautres properly, that's all. It's a way for the studios to avoid lawsuits if you bought a DVD and it didn't work for you.

My way old DVD player from a while back would take any disc from The Ultimate Toybox and loop the menu's over and over, no matter what was pushed. Sometimes the menu's wouldnt play properly at all.

31st August 2005 12:27  #4

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
If I remember correctly, the Fockers DVD uses seemless branching for the extended version of the film and some older players have troubles with features such as this.

31st August 2005 13:50  #5

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
My DVD Player is 4 years old. The only thing busted up is my remote.

31st August 2005 17:11  #6

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
So there's no permanent damage done to the player?

31st August 2005 17:16  #7

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
It'll just be the memory problem. Early on many players weren't built to spec, just means they will freeze or similar like a PC would if it has Windows running on it.

31st August 2005 18:13  #8

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Quote: Originally posted by Cheddar J. Cheese
So there's no permanent damage done to the player?
Not really.

31st August 2005 18:28  #9

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Ok, thank you everyone for your help, much appreciated.

2nd September 2005 21:58  #10

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
the chances of it even remotely screwing up are slim and none

3rd September 2005 1:58  #11

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,104 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Quote: Originally posted by Malcolm Campbell
It'll just be the memory problem. Early on many players weren't built to spec, just means they will freeze or similar like a PC would if it has Windows running on it.


I think it was more a problem of many early players being rigidly built to spec, and the discs not conforming. That was certainly the case with The Matrix.

4th September 2005 15:05  #12

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
Quote: Originally posted by Cheddar J. Cheese
So there's no permanent damage done to the player?
One way to look at this is really the dvd players own software it uses is 99 times out of a 100 read only so there would be no way a disc could damage your player (the 1 percent is for players with computer upgrade capability).

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