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  •  The single-disc edition of the last HP movie (5+ / 0-)

    didn't even include the classic single page listing of the DVD chapter titles, just a sheet about other movies and the typical 'overpriced reproduction props for sale!' pitch.

    If I recall correctly, neither did the first DVD release of the Star Wars original trilogy.

    And that was the one piece of liner information that is usually amazingly useful for me, because it means being able to punch in a chapter number rather than wade through the scene selections, which for the original trilogy number about 50 chapters per movie 6 to a selection page with a several second animation between them on switching.

    That also means that programing a DVD player to play only certain chapters gets more complicated. The way the splits between chapters were done on the Star Wars DVD set, it's possible in that edition of Return Of The Jedi to just watch the lightsaber battle, the space fight, or the ground battle on Endor completely uncut. With a chapter list, that would take about 5 minutes max to set up. No chapter list, and it means poking through scene selections while editing the chapter playlist. And the harder it gets to make that playlist, the more likely someone tech-savvy who really just wants to watch the lightsaber battle is going to turn to a DVD ripper program that allows chapter selection with exclusions in a range so that he or she never has to re-edit that playlist (which goes away on disc eject) ever again.

    And in an extra sidenote, that capacity for skipping through entire plotlines wasn't used as a selling point for the set and is only something someone who paid attention to the chapter numbers while viewing would even notice. That's an extra that made that first DVD edition a lot more useful than the old VHS tapes, because with Star Wars there are people who actually have the movies memorized, and yet it was the maligned changes and the digital remastering that were used as actual selling points. 'You can watch the final Luke Versus Vader battle uncut through nothing more than touching the Next Chapter button a few times!' was never mentioned.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 07:41:11 AM PST

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    •  Priorities shown by autoplay and attractions (5+ / 0-)

      The lack of the inside material shows a priority on their part. Now, a box for the case to come in? That's certain.

      Contents for a person to care about? That would "cost money."

      When a disk autoplays and when the coming attractions can't be skipped, we know what they think of their audience and what their priorities are. At that point, there is actually an advantage to the unauthorized version.

      Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

      by The Geogre on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 07:49:04 AM PST

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      •  Actually, the case isn't so certain now. (3+ / 0-)

        Bought a used rental copy of Half-Blood Prince. They used a cutaway design for the case to save weight and plastic. It's a PAIN to get the disc out of the case because the case warps while you push down.

        I presumed it was a rental edition thing.

        Guess what cases were used on at least one retailer's shipments of Deathly Hallows Part 2 on DVD?

        "And you'll never have to fumble with the case again" should not be a decent argument for DVD ripping to hard drive.

        Oh, and then there's the way my copy of The Princess Bride -- older special edition, as I recall, certainly not the recent one -- has chipping on the central hole because of damage done by the case on removal. I had to replace the case to preserve the DVD. Packaging should not damage the merchandise within, but for that DVD? It did.

        Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

        by Cassandra Waites on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 07:57:22 AM PST

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        •  that's the green movements fault honestly (0+ / 0-)

          They bitched and cried over plastic being used.  So part of shutting them up was to stamp out large portions of plastic cases with the recycling logo.

          Greens also helped with electronic devices that break much easier.

          If it has eco friendly on it, don't buy it.

          "Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools."

          by overclocking on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 08:16:43 AM PST

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