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What DVD extra do you think is a JOKE?

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25th February 2006 5:11  #1

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
What DVD extra do you think is a JOKE?
On DVD'S we get the those extras that we all love.  ( I like a good directors comentary from a director that tells you how they set up the shotsetc.) I love delted footage and outakes as well.  What I think is the stupid thing that lots of Studios do is that in the "Extras" they put in coming attraction from movies that are just not related to te movie that you just bought.  I just bought "Rent" and there is a coming attractions for an upcoming movie "Benchwarmers".  I think to count this as an "extra" is just wrong!  I would be okay if they were giving me coming attractions of there oler titles that were related to the movies genre. Like advertising there older musicals!  What ectras do you think are a joke?

25th February 2006 11:18  #2

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
Those stupid 4 minute "Making of" type extras which is usually basically interviews with the cast and director, and all they generally say is how much they loved working with everyone and that they love and respect the director/actors type fluff, and nothing really to do with the making of the film

25th February 2006 14:45  #3

Captain Pike Member Join Date: February 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 9
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Occasionally, it starts off with the first 5 minutes of an ancient British comedy called "Dentist on the Job". Still not sure if was a manufacturing error or a joke!

25th February 2006 15:30  #4

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,127 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Some studios still claim 'interactive menus' as an extra. Yeah, right.

25th February 2006 18:31  #5

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Disney used to claim "Full-Color Character Artwork On Disc" as a special feature. It was a joke at the time since it was standard procedure for many discs. But these days I might pay close attention to it since I hate the, yes Chris, "dual-sided" discs. I can never let sleeping dogs lie.

25th February 2006 18:40  #6

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Worst Nightmare wrote: Those stupid 4 minute "Making of" type extras which is usually basically interviews with the cast and director, and all they generally say is how much they loved working with everyone and that they love and respect the director/actors type fluff, and nothing really to do with the making of the filmAgreed. Those things are some of the most retarded things ever. When Fox does it (I don't really remember if they still do, since I don't watch extras too much anymore), but when it happened, I remember that was one of the only things that they would put on the DVD (which it was usually a flipper disc), along with c**ppy commercials and deleted scenes; the "Cheaper by the Dozen (2003): Regular Edition" comes to mind.

25th February 2006 19:10  #7

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
Tony DeFrancisco wrote: Worst Nightmare wrote: Those stupid 4 minute "Making of" type extras which is usually basically interviews with the cast and director, and all they generally say is how much they loved working with everyone and that they love and respect the director/actors type fluff, and nothing really to do with the making of the filmAgreed. Those things are some of the most retarded things ever. When Fox does it (I don't really remember if they still do, since I don't watch extras too much anymore), but when it happened, I remember that was one of the only things that they would put on the DVD (which it was usually a flipper disc), along with c**ppy commercials and deleted scenes; the "Cheaper by the Dozen (2003): Regular Edition" comes to mind.

he "Cheaper by the Dozen (2003): Regular Edition" comes to mind.  why would you own that?

25th February 2006 19:41  #8

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
Chris wrote: Some studios still claim 'interactive menus' as an extra. Yeah, right.

That and it being in widescreen, stereo, with chapter selections.  I suppose if we didn't have those extras we would be watching a silent pan & scan movie.

25th February 2006 19:49  #9

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Donnie_Darko wrote: he "Cheaper by the Dozen (2003): Regular Edition" comes to mind.  why would you own that?I liked the film. Everyone has their own guilty pleasures, right?

25th February 2006 21:34  #10

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,127 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Aaron Schneiderman wrote: But these days I might pay close attention to it since I hate the, yes Chris, "dual-sided" discs. I can never let sleeping dogs lie.

You're learning.

26th February 2006 1:53  #11

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
...and who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks? That's what I thought you were gonna say. But why does Tony get to call it a "flipper" disc above without castigation?

26th February 2006 18:12  #12

Brian O. Member Join Date: October 2005 Location: United States Posts: 92
Worst Nightmare wrote: Those stupid 4 minute "Making of" type extras which is usually basically interviews with the cast and director, and all they generally say is how much they loved working with everyone and that they love and respect the director/actors type fluff, and nothing really to do with the making of the film

Sometimes these are the same, but there are also "featurettes" in which the cast/crew talk about why you should see the movie... Obviously it was made for when the film was to be released in the theaters, but why include it at all? We bought/rented the DVD and, in all likelihood, already watched the movie, lol.

27th February 2006 1:39  #13

jaded25 Member Join Date: February 2006 Location: United States Posts: 39
Trailers and Tv Spots for the movie you just bought. Why would I want to watch the trailer for a film that I just bought on dvd what just in case I want to psyche myself up for the movie or something?

27th February 2006 8:57  #14

Liran Marom Member Join Date: April 2004 Location: Israel Posts: 98
scene selection and interactive menu! back in the old days these two used to be the only ones found... and on special occations a trailer would also pop up here and there

27th February 2006 11:46  #15

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
DTS!!!!! What a piece of overrated sh!t. it's only sound and I would rather listen to mono then a half assed remasted job like for example many anchor Bay dvds

27th February 2006 12:05  #16

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
Donnie_Darko wrote: DTS!!!!! What a piece of overrated sh!t. it's only sound and I would rather listen to mono then a half assed remasted job like for example many anchor Bay dvdsand how much did your surround system cost? There are quite a few fantastic DTS soundtracks out there....

27th February 2006 12:16  #17

Donnie_Darko Banned Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 352
I don't even own one. 5.1 is fine for me. I can't wanta become deft

28th February 2006 16:45  #18

Trap Door Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 250
I remember an extra on the "Face/Off" DVD it was called something like behind the action or whatever and all it was was clips of the movie, wasn't even a trailer just....clips of the movie stuck together for a few minutes.

28th February 2006 19:44  #19

John Oaks Senior Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 951
Subtitles comes to mind. That should be standard nowadays.

1st March 2006 1:30  #20

Brian O. Member Join Date: October 2005 Location: United States Posts: 92
jaded25 wrote: Trailers and Tv Spots for the movie you just bought. Why would I want to watch the trailer for a film that I just bought on dvd what just in case I want to psyche myself up for the movie or something?

Actually, I like the trailers for a movie I just watched. It's interesting to see how they cut the trailer together (maybe scenes at the end of the movie comes in the beginning of trailer, etc). But that's just me I guess, lol.

1st March 2006 15:18  #21

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Brian O. wrote: jaded25 wrote: Trailers and Tv Spots for the movie you just bought. Why would I want to watch the trailer for a film that I just bought on dvd what just in case I want to psyche myself up for the movie or something?

Actually, I like the trailers for a movie I just watched. It's interesting to see how they cut the trailer together (maybe scenes at the end of the movie comes in the beginning of trailer, etc). But that's just me I guess, lol.


I'm with you Brian.  I wish every DVD had all of the TV spots and trailers used to advertise the movie.  They are very interesting, especially after a few viewings of the movie itself.  

Personally, I can't stand trailers for other movies on DVDs.

1st March 2006 15:58  #22

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Donnie_Darko wrote: I don't even own one. 5.1 is fine for me. I can't wanta become deft
I've found that DTS has made me better, more dexterous, and more quick witted when it comes to several things myself; you should really strive to become more deaf in all the things you do.

1st March 2006 16:30  #23

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Donnie_Darko wrote: I don't even own one. 5.1 is fine for me. I can't wanta become deft

Here is a list of other things that D. Darko thinks are overrated s**te (along with DTS sound).

Anything he doesn't happen to own (including a DTS decoder).

Ears.

It's a short list but not short on coincidence.

This post is meant to be humourous and I don't intend batting insults back and forth.

If it helps Donnie, for years all I had was a NICAM TV to listen to films on and until I got a DD/DTS decoder, I thought 5.1 was an uneccessary luxury for the home. I was of course, wrong. It brings to life all your films again and it needn't be and expensive luxury. Even on my budget Yamaha set up, DTS does have more clarity, depth and separation when directly compared with DD. Having said that, I don't believe that DD is rubbish depite this fact.

Neither do I think Mono is better than a 5.1 set up. The decisions that went into the various 5.1 sound re-mixes that people object to might be questionable and/or the execution poor but I wouldn't say that the old mono recording was a better listening option, other than as a reference point.  I've heard people complain about the Jaws re-mix and bemoaning the ommissionof the mono track and how the final gun shot and explosion isn't 'as it originally was' but all I can say is, "Good". The re-mixed gun shot and explosion is far more satisfying and (for the sake of the movie) accurate. The original gunshot echoes like it was shot in a canyon and was probably from an old sound library anyway.

What was the thread again?

2nd March 2006 4:36  #24

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
"the original mono track".  My favorite new one is "Fully Restored".  Disney is the #1 offender of this!  The last time they released the VHS of "The Little Mermaid" they said fully restored! Give me a break!  That movie was made in 1989 and in 1998 when the Vhs Laserdisc and Dvd were released on the art work it said "Fully Restored".  Give me a break that movie was only 8 years old!  "Fully Restored" should be on movies that went under a major restoration process! Like what Warner Brothers Due.  

2nd March 2006 15:05  #25

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Technically, I suppose, they are not in breach of anything description wise. They can advertise as often as they want, 'Fully Restored' on anything that has (at what ever point in time) been Fully Restored. They ain't lying. The distinction should be Even More Fully Restored Than The Last Time It Was Fully Restored.

6th April 2006 15:25  #26

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
The extra thats a joke too is the exculsive web links...

7th April 2006 3:14  #27

Arellium Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 136
Captain Pike wrote: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Occasionally, it starts off with the first 5 minutes of an ancient British comedy called "Dentist on the Job". Still not sure if was a manufacturing error or a joke!

It was a joke.

7th April 2006 3:15  #28

Arellium Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 136
I think movie trailers are just a waste of space.

7th April 2006 15:34  #29

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Arellium wrote: I think movie trailers are just a waste of space.

I wish they would include the trailer and TV spots for the movie that you purchased on the DVD.  I think it is interesting to see how a movie was promoted before it came out.

7th April 2006 15:58  #30

Arellium Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 136
Adrian wrote: Arellium wrote: I think movie trailers are just a waste of space.

I wish they would include the trailer and TV spots for the movie that you purchased on the DVD.  I think it is interesting to see how a movie was promoted before it came out.


I mean movie trailers for other movies.
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