What DVD in your collection is of such poor quality or having such lame extras that you just want to break it?
My personal non-favorite is the R2 Dutchworks 2-disc edition of Dawn Of The Dead. I picked this up a year ago, as it was being promoted out the wazoo (“Don’t wait for Anchor Bay’s box set, the Ultimate Dawn DVD is available now!”) and I figured it would tide me over until the AB edition came out this year. I already had AB’s “Theatrical Cut” disc, but it’s so-so in quality, short on extras, and has various glaring errors in the print (one reel of the extended version was evidently substituted in the print, making for a awful jump cut that makes no sense)
In terms of quantity, it’s ambitious. 2 disks with 2 different versions of the film (The extended Cannes version and the Dario Argento version) along with trailers, biographies, slide shows, TV spots, radio spots, and a 60-minute version of Roy Frumkes’s excellent “Document Of The Dead”, a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Dawn with many candid observations from Romero about the independent film industry.
Well, it sure sounded good. But the disc itself is a disaster. Almost everything on it is pulled right off of a VHS tape, apparently. The director’s cut version even has video drop-outs and tracking lines in it. The Argento version fares only slightly better, but is hideously greenish in color, blurry, and overall just plain ugly looking. The highly touted extras fare just as badly, all of them ripped from either a VHS tape or from Elite’s Special Edition laserdisc from years ago. And “Document Of The Dead” is mastered so poorly that the framerate skips, giving one the feeling of watching a very slow Quicktime download. The entire set gives the feeling of something thrown together in someone’s basement.
Anyone else have a DVD that was so utterly disappointing in quality or content?