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The Matador DVD

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MrStayPuft wrote: Yea, there's two versions of the dvd. The version you have, the rental copy, is barebones with no extras. Same goes for the FS dvd, and these are the ones I assume you can't skip the ads in the beginning. The WS dvds on the market, ie not the rental copies, have a lot more extras on them. I know this is the copy I have, and was able to skip the ads and go to the menu no problem.

Uhm.  There is no barebones version of the Matador.  DDD lists both the FS and WS versions as having the same features (commentary, behind the scenes, deleted scenes, etc.)  So unless, there is some super-secret rental copies that the public doesn't know about, I doubt this was any different than what you buy anywhere else.  Also, I got it from Blockbuster and you know that many of the copies will be sold used before much longer.

What kind of players are you guys using?  I have a sony, but didn't try it on any of the other players.
Yea, there's two versions of the dvd. The version you have, the rental copy, is barebones with no extras. Same goes for the FS dvd, and these are the ones I assume you can't skip the ads in the beginning. The WS dvds on the market, ie not the rental copies, have a lot more extras on them. I know this is the copy I have, and was able to skip the ads and go to the menu no problem.
My player let me skip them...
Mal
Mainstream manufacturers will be careful about not breaking the standards, although I am pretty sure you can get players that give you full control.

The big distributors in the UK do different versions for rental and retail. Warner's rental titles seem to be produced for the whole of Europe because each time I view them I have to go through several pages of countries before I get to the United Kingdom option.
I wouldn't mind it in a rental Mal, except for one thing.  There is no difference (at least in the US) between the DVDs for sale and rental.  I'm surprised that you can't hack the players so that operations are never disallowed.  I am not sure why the hardware vendors even support that option.
Mal
It's something I expect from rental, but shouldn't be allowed for purchased DVDs IMO. They could at least display a warning on the packaging stating that it contains forced advertising - I have no problem with trailers provided they only play when requested by the user.
The Matador DVD
Okay, this title is just an example, but what the heck are they thinking when they force you to watch the trailers before the movie.  The menu, chapter forward, and even fast forward are disabled.  I'm glad this was just a rental.  I liked the movie and would probably have bought it, but there is no way that I would buy a disc knowing that every time I watched it, I would be forced to watch trailers for other movies.