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Next Tuesday, the biggest blockbuster of the year will make it’s triumphant DVD debut.  This film also happens to be a geek-friendly movie based on one of the coolest super heroes in history.  If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m talking about The Dark Knight.  This is one DVD that will be making it’s way into my collection.  

I have a major gripe over the way that movie studios have been screwing people that buy DVDs over the past few years.  When DVDs first started hitting the market, they were advertised as having super cool bonus features including deleted scenes, commentaries, trailers, bloopers, featuretes, etc.  DVDs were a gold mine for the movie lover that enjoys useless information in documentary form.  Those days are now gone, and I don’t even blame the introduction of Blu-Ray discs.  I blame greedy movie stuidos that know that movie geeks will pay extra for this stuff.

The Dark Knight DVD release is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.  Warner Brothers decided that there will be single-DVD releases in both widescreen and full-screen.  These will have the movie.  Um… OK.  It wasn’t that long ago that the single-disc version would be a veritable cornucopia of extras.  If you want any of those, you’ll have to upgrade to the twice as expensive two-disc DVD.  This will include:

  • Gotham Uncovered: Creation of a Scene documentary
  • The Dark Knight IMAX scenes
  • Six Gotham Tonight news programs
  • Poster art and production still galleries
  • A digital copy of the film

That may seem like a lot but guess what?  Regular DVD player owners are getting screwed.  The Blu-Ray version comes with all of the above plus the following:

  • Batman Tech: The Incredible Gadgets and Tools featurette
  • Batman Unmasked: The Psychology of The Dark Knight featurete
  • Additional galleries
  • Trailers, TV spots and BD-Live enhancement

My question is this: what does everyone think of how movie studios enticed us into the DVD market by offering all manner of sweetness only to move said sweetness to multi-disc versions of the film?  I can understand it but I hate it.  And for those of us who hate Sony and refuse to buy their products, what about giving us über versions of regular DVDs a la The Lord of the Rings?  Is that really too much to ask?  We used to get these things for the price of a DVD and now we don’t and that just pisses me off.

Zohner

Co-founder/show host/producer of Stolendroids. If you've listened to our shows, you know that I'm a geek. Anyone who says differently doesn't know me very well. If it has anything to do with computers, video games, toys, comic books, or sci-fi, you can count me in. Also, I aim to misbehave.
  • When DVD’s first started getting big, I was working for RC Willey’s. Our number one return was DVD Players because they couldn’t play the Disney DVD’s that people were getting. Disney was loading so much crap onto the disc that the DVD had too many layers for the player to read. Most players of the time couldn’t read so many layers, and so would just crap out.

    Disney got around this by making every release a two-disc affair.

    I don’t need two discs. I understand some movies need the extra space, but that doesn’t mean I expect every movie I have to come with a companion disc. My favorite movie on DVD is Ghostbusters Special Edition; LOADS of extra features, enhanced picture, sound, and effects, and three separate ways to watch the movie! And it’s all on one disc! Of course, being an older film, it didn’t take up as much space on the disc to begin with so it can get away with only being on one disc and I get that.

    The way I figure it is that the DVD’s that are the el cheapo versions (no special features, no trailers, not even a real plastic case) should be $7-9. The nicer, two disc versions with actual cases should be around $15-18. That’s in line with what DVD’s used to be, and would be comparable to the Blu-Ray releases we’re seeing.

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