I love DVDs. I never bought a movie before they came out (VHS = bad quality/full screen; Laser=Flipping frisbees every 30 minutes) and am so happy with them in general. However, studios seem to want to mess them up for me. So, studio bosses, listen to my words!
Let me skip or fast-forward! Yes, Disney, I’m looking at you. Even your amazing Disney Fastplay (it’s amazing how you have to give your own name to a technology as simple as fast-forwarding) won’t save the dozen or so DVDs I already have. Remember: People buy these DVDs to watch them repeatedly. In case you didn’t realize this, this means that Lion King 3 3/4 will not be a “Coming Attraction” in two years. The same applies for all other studios. Don’t you think it’s insanely silly that Congress is considering passing a law to force you to allow us to skip/fast-forward through all this? Just a side note: I love watching previews… but I’ll watch them when I want to.
Stop putting spoilers in menus! I’m really tired of seeing clips from the movie in the main menu, especially when key plot points are revealed. Remember, not everyone has seen your precious little movie yet and there’s a reason intelligent people mark off their revealing comments with spoiler blocks on message board: Common courtesy. On the same note…
Don’t use film clips in menu transitions! Not only can they spoil the movie as above, they are really, really, really annoying. Just let me to go the sub-menu without having to watch Trinity shoot me in the head one more freakin’ time.
I’m not going to sue you! So stop flashing signs informing me that the director’s opinion does not reflect the studios. How dumb do you think I am? No, don’t answer that… some of your January movies show me enough. Additionally, the warning isn’t sufficient… you need to show it in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Xhosa, and Sanskrit. If you still feel the need to include disclaimers, you can put them in the stupid DVD insert: CYA and make me happier. What a concept!
Don’t put easter eggs in the film itself! Or if you do, at least tell me about it beforehand! I’ve seen three or four movies, the latest of which was Dodgeball, where, after I’ve watched the entire movie, there’s a hidden note telling me that I missed all the in-movie extras. I’m not going to go through the movie again just to see all those things. Especially if it’s a rental, which I use to guage whether I want to buy it or not.
Don’t release more than two versions of the same movie! I know, I know, it’s your biggest cash cow and plenty of people have ranted about it before. One more time though. You release a simple version to satisfy the impatient, release the special edition for the fans, release the super edition for the fanatics, and then the Ultimate edition so everyone can buy it all over again. This doesn’t even include any (yearly) anniversary editions or boxed sets. I can understand the reasoning for two versions, but beyond that, I am not buying any more of your trumped up excuses with cast diaries, forgotten celluloid, and cheap games. So stop.
So, let me see if I can sum this up quickly. I want to pop in a movie, get taken to the main menu immediately (I’ll allow FBI warning, I guess) that doesn’t give away anything about the movie (Ghostbusters and The Truman Show are some quality examples of main menus), and play the movie. Simple, huh? Then why do so few of you get it?