DVDs have been a boon for the film enthusiast: good sound and picture quality; cheap; a vast range of films available. But the bloody menus!
They often take nearly a minute to ‘load’; a minute spent ‘admiring’ the producers graphic animation skills and they can also spoil the film. For example, I saw the trailer for The Mist in the cinema; it was excellent because it set up the atmosphere of threat without giving away what it was. But last Saturday, whilst waiting for the menu to start, what should be shown but one of the bugs! Thus spoiling the atmospheric build up. Stupid!
In addition, this DVD insisted we watch trailers for crap like Disaster Movie (various button pressing did allow to skip them but the default should be the viewer chooses to watch) so you pay money for the disc and have promotional material rammed down your throat. The FACT campaign against piracy is terrible for this: its ads are terrible (I can’t imagine one ‘thief’ being converted) and they insist you watch it.
Anyone want to start a blog based campaign for DVDs that immediately load an animation-free menu offering what the disc’s got (including trailers)?
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