More Studios Stripping Special Features From More DVDs?
Are more studios stripping special features from more rental discs to encourage customers to buy the disc? J from PA writes, "I just got The Box (distributed by Warner Home Video) in the mail from Netflix. The disc is gray and says "RENTAL" on it. This is nothing new -- I've seen similarly labeled discs in the past. What was new to me, however, was the complete lack of special features on the disc."
I wrote about this last year and in a Hacking Netflix poll 38% of the respondents said they didn't care about the special features, and only 1% said they would buy a DVD for the special features.
It makes sense that the studios would do almost anything to protect the retail DVD cash cow, but if I like a movie I will spend a few minutes watching the special features. It's annoying when the only option on a disc is to watch the movie. I'm not going to buy a DVD just for the special features, so why penalize rental customers?
Have you rented any DVDs from Netflix where the special features were removed?