I picked up a movie tonight that I’ve wanted to own on DVD for a while. I’m very selective about what movies I choose to purchase, as I generally will only watch a film once a year or so even if I really love it, so I can always just rent it or get it from Netflix.
When I espied the movie in the store, I grabbed it and examined it - “Collector’s Edition,” blah blah blah - and bought it.
Came home, ripped it open, popped it in - and IT’S FULLSCREEN. I look over the cover, and in grey print on black it says “Full Screen.”
Of course I can’t find the receipt. Even if I could, most stores will only allow you to exchange opened DVD’s for the exact same thing, so I probably couldn’t even exchange the fucking thing if I had the receipt!
Fullscreen DVD’s SHOULD NOT EVEN EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! The only reason that they exist is that many consumers are too stupid to realize that the black bars are not “blocking” parts of the picture that they would be seeing otherwise, and that the exact opposite is true - “Full Screen” (talk about a fucking semantic game!) DVD’s chop off the sides of the picture and then resort to awkward, jittery pans when this is a problem (approximately every seven seconds).
When you go to buy a new CD, the racks aren’t cluttered up with a bunch of Mono editions because people are too stupid to tell the difference between mono and stereo. Books don’t default to large print and regular print, leaving the customer to determine the difference when choosing. It’s FUCKING STUPID that DVD’s are often available in both regular and screwed and chopped editions.
BUTTHOLE!!! HITLER!!! INCEST!!! RAPE!!! FIRE!!!