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Old December 5 2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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Warner Home Video must die!

Warner Home Video is really starting to piss me off. First, they start this trend of releasing 1-disc & 2-disc versions of movies on the same day, which means that the 2-disc versions almost never show up in the used stores anymore. Next, they start chintzing out on the bonus features, even on the 2-disc versions. The 2-disc version of "I Am Legend" doesn't have any bonus documentaries, only a code to see them on a website. And where are all the commentary tracks? Granted, I've heard that Chris Nolan doesn't like to explain his movies, so that might explain "Batman Begins" & "The Dark Knight." However, why didn't Bryan Singer do one for "Superman Returns"? He did commentaries for both "X-Men" movies.

But now, the latest insult-- the extended director's cut of "Terminator Salvation" is only available on Blu-Ray!

Tsk tsk. What kind of a world do we live in?
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Old December 5 2009, 10:03 AM   #2
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Re: Warner Home Video must die!

I think some of it has to do with a lot of people not caring about the extras. Since most of the hardcore fans have gone to BluRay, they focus on it because they usually enjoy the extras. I saw one thing where Warner was considering dropping all extras for DVDs and only putting them on BluRay. Since it costs them to make it for the disc, they don't want to waste the money on something people never watch.

That said, BluRay rules and is worth the upgrade.
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Old December 5 2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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Makes sense to me. I never watch extras.
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Old December 5 2009, 10:11 AM   #4
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Re: Warner Home Video must die!

I've almost never bothered to buy a 2-disc edition when a 1-disc edition was also available. Bonus features are nice, but I'm not going to pay for the extra disc (if I have the choice).
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Old December 5 2009, 10:31 AM   #5
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I've almost never bothered to buy a 2-disc edition when a 1-disc edition was also available. Bonus features are nice, but I'm not going to pay for the extra disc (if I have the choice).
I love extras, especially a decent documentary.
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Old December 5 2009, 11:46 AM   #6
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I only buy DVD's with commentary on it. If there is a good behind the scenes documentary on it then I will watch it. I was disappointed with Terminator Salvation and Angels and Demons for lack of commentary. Even if the principals are not available you could at least get a producer or someone like that to do one.
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Old December 5 2009, 11:50 AM   #7
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Re: Warner Home Video must die!

^Agreed. Although, I will admit that it's kinda hard to find good documentaries on new releases. The making-of docs are much better on releases of older titles. They need time & perspective to understand what the movie truly means in the greater history of cinema. It's especially refreshing when the docs/commentaries are brutally honest about movies that not everyone likes (SEE Batman & Robin, Highlander 2, Shanghai Surprise, Star Trek V, Star Trek: Generations).

Still, if I'm willing to pay for a bonus disc, shouldn't I get more bang for my buck? And what about when the bonus feature in question is not a documentary or a commentary but an alternate cut of the film? For gods' sake, usually when there's a conflict between 2 cuts of a film, the more common one on DVD is the extended cut (SEE Star Trek VI, Underworld, The Chronicles of Riddick, Daredevil, any of the Highlander movies).
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Old December 5 2009, 12:40 PM   #8
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It irked me that even the rental blu-ray isn't the director's cut.
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Old December 5 2009, 12:46 PM   #9
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I hope it's not a continuing trend to do extras and commentary tracks for blu-ray only. I really don't see the need to convert. I already have a ton of DVDs and I don't need to be bothered with blu-ray.
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Old December 5 2009, 12:53 PM   #10
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^I certainly don't need to be bothered buying an HDTV to make any sort of hi-def format worthwhile. And my mother's eyesight is so poor she wouldn't be able to see the difference anyway.
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Old December 5 2009, 01:45 PM   #11
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The Rated R cut of Terminator Salvation is ONLY on Blu-Ray?! What the #$%# is that!!!
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Old December 5 2009, 02:03 PM   #12
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The only extras I care for are deleted scenes. I've never once watched/listened to any commentary, except by accident while adjusting the audio settings.
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Old December 5 2009, 02:28 PM   #13
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I've almost never bothered to buy a 2-disc edition when a 1-disc edition was also available. Bonus features are nice, but I'm not going to pay for the extra disc (if I have the choice).
I love extras, especially a decent documentary.
Same here. THe extended LOTR DVDs have set the standard as far as I'm concerned. They have a complete set of commentaries but also a through set of documentaries about the history of Tolkien and other about making the films. That's why I love DVDs so much - you get a great picture and sound but also plenty of extra information. Of course some are much better than others.


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The Rated R cut of Terminator Salvation is ONLY on Blu-Ray?! What the #$%# is that!!!
Gotta hate that trend. It's not worth the jump in expense for me. Blu-Ray players are still a significant factor more expensive as are the discs themselves. While a the quality of the Blu-Ray feature is still higher, it's not enough better than my upconverting player to merit that extra expense.
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Old December 5 2009, 06:16 PM   #14
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However, why didn't Bryan Singer do one for "Superman Returns"?
Didn't he not do one because of the elaborate 3 hour documentary which he just felt like he would be repeating himself?
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Old December 5 2009, 06:17 PM   #15
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But now, the latest insult-- the extended director's cut of "Terminator Salvation" is only available on Blu-Ray!
I didn't know this. The companies are gently pushing us in the Blu-ray direction. I'm just glad that the Director's Cut of Watchmen wasn't Blu-ray only.
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