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23rd February 2006 3:03  #1

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Unusual menu systems
DVD's menu technology is very limited, but just wondering, are there any DVDs out there that push the boundaries in terms of original menu ideas?

I remember the My Little Eye UK DVD from Momentum having quite an unusual menu system where you enter a password and it tries to imitate a computer system allowing you to watch various parts of the film from different cameras, different soundtracks and also auditions - basically a load of  material emphasising the films online reality TV ideas.

23rd February 2006 3:34  #2

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,443 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Memento special edition. I still haven't seen most of those f**king special features. The menu is a psychology test.

I keep almost blind buying My Little Eye, but I don't feel I know enough about it, is it any good?

23rd February 2006 4:09  #3

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
I thought My Little Eye was alright, the way it is filmed gives it a unique edge.

Like Donnie Darko, 11th Sept 2001 messed up its release and Universal shelved it. Momentum bought the rights from Universal in the UK so we got to see it on DVD early - if you do get it and want to get the best extras then either get the UK Momentum release or the Australian Universal release, for some reason the US Universal release only has a few of the extras.

23rd February 2006 11:37  #4

Je Ff Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United States Posts: 438
Gabe, I too an confused by Memento.  They want you to answer all these weird questions for 20 minutes before they get to the special features.  Most of the time when its done, it just loops me back to the main menu.

23rd February 2006 13:19  #5

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
I only liked My Little Eye because it had Peaches' 'F**k the Pain Away' in it. Cool song.

23rd February 2006 15:52  #6

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Am I the only one that likes easy to use static menus?  I haven't looked a Memento but I remember it was a pain.  I really don't care for animation or all the other c**p that keeps you from actually getting to the movie or features.

23rd February 2006 16:38  #7

McVain Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: United States Posts: 42
The special edition of Memento and the 2 Disc version of The Descent (region 2) were cool.

23rd February 2006 17:07  #8

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Adrian wrote: Am I the only one that likes easy to use static menus?  I haven't looked a Memento but I remember it was a pain.  I really don't care for animation or all the other c**p that keeps you from actually getting to the movie or features.
No, you aren't the only one. I can't stand animation or video in between menus and prefer instantly going from one menu to another. Animated backgrounds within the menu are okay though, as long as the layout isn't difficult to read as a result.

23rd February 2006 17:58  #9

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
The best (sarcasm) menus are the ones that have spoilers for the movie you are about to watch!

23rd February 2006 19:40  #10

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,443 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Chris wrote: I only liked My Little Eye because it had Peaches' 'F**k the Pain Away' in it. Cool song.

I was just listening to "Hot Rod" on the way to work this morning. Peaches rocks.

"I'm hexed, I'm vexed, and in the Dallas Tex, some people say I keep my self respect hidden in my cervex, next..."

24th February 2006 17:21  #11

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
What about the menu for "House of 1000 Corpses"? A very long introduction with the clown eventually getting pee'd off at you for not selecting something....

24th February 2006 17:28  #12

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Yeah the menu for House of 1000 Corpses is probably better than the film. Wink

24th February 2006 20:34  #13

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,443 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
Shhh, Dave will hear you!

25th February 2006 7:32  #14

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
Very Cool Menus have to go to...
Sin City Recut
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Criterion

25th February 2006 9:58  #15

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Those Memento menus were terrible, but the packaging was sex

25th February 2006 13:47  #16

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
I Robot's menus (R2 2 Disc)were different, in a good way, but you really have to work at keeping track of where you are and how many of the features you have watched.

Have to disagree with The Descent (R2) though. Yes they are good to look at but the hanging around for the flash-light to shine on the particular option you want (Scene Access or Set Up etc) on the Main Menu is a pain as you have to wait while it cycles round. On first viewing it looks original and distinctive but on subseqent viewings, impatience creeps in when all you want to do is set for DTS or go to a specific scene.

25th February 2006 14:10  #17

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
I hate the MGM menu system with their stupid symbols that you have to work out which one does what.

Also Warner's scene selection where they use odd numbers to access scenes instead of the usual 1-4, 5-9, so when you click on the odd number thinking it lead you to a sub menu, it just jumped in to the middle of the film.

I hate Fox menu systems where they give away nearly all the suprises, especially in the X Files DVD set.

25th February 2006 23:21  #18

McVain Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: United States Posts: 42
Intergalactic Ponce wrote: Have to disagree with The Descent (R2) though. Yes they are good to look at but the hanging around for the flash-light to shine on the particular option you want (Scene Access or Set Up etc) on the Main Menu is a pain as you have to wait while it cycles round. On first viewing it looks original and distinctive but on subseqent viewings, impatience creeps in when all you want to do is set for DTS or go to a specific scene.
True. I hadn't messed with the menu but once when I posted but I was showing the film to my friend yesterday and got irritated quickly.

26th February 2006 18:18  #19

Brian O. Member Join Date: October 2005 Location: United States Posts: 92
I don't mind some of these menus, so long as I can click the menu (or next chapter) button on the remote to go directly to the main menu and skip everything else...

26th February 2006 18:30  #20

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
This will sound ridiculous, but the best menu I've seen lately is for Alf on DVD, that home shopping network thing and subsequent description of episodes is pretty impressive.

27th February 2006 6:10  #21

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,443 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
This will sound even weirder, Johnny, but you remind me of the menus for Requiem for a Dream. I had a freind that insisted he'd somehow messed up the wiring on his set and was getting bad TV reception. He refused to beleive me when I tried to explain that he was simply looking at the menu, and that it would make more sense once he saw the film.

27th February 2006 11:37  #22

P O Hara Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: Ireland Posts: 93
I must admit I thought the menus for the R2 release of Cashern were rather novel and unusual. Altho it took me a little while to figure the damn thing out, it looks pretty works in its own unusual style. Movie was pretty damn good too!

27th February 2006 11:42  #23

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
P O Hara wrote: I must admit I thought the menus for the R2 release of Cashern were rather novel and unusual. Altho it took me a little while to figure the damn thing out, it looks pretty works in its own unusual style. Movie was pretty damn good too!

WORD

3rd March 2006 7:00  #24

James Tully Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 436
The Nathan Barley dvd had a bizarre menu screen. It was a video of him walking toward the screen holding up his phone. The image on his phone changed every few seconds and you had to stop it whenever the option you wanted hapened to be on screen. Interesting once, annoying in the long term.

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