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I usually just watch the film and have little interest in the other features. But I am kinda of surprised in licensing films Netflix has secured for streaming more of the making of documentaries.


In the beginning, special features were awesome, but I haven't seen a good set of special features in a really long time. I usually don't bother looking any more.


What I always like is when DVD's that were not released on Blu-ray have that trailer for the "Blu-ray Experience" right before the movie starts.

It's like "Yeah, I would've preferred to see this on Blu-ray too - so why'd you skimp out?!"


I often enjoy the special features - especially on movies like the Lord of the Rings, or the unexpectedly great features on Valkyrie. Frankly, seeing DVDs and BD discs without them was one of the reasons I started to watch streaming videos, figuring if I can't get special features, I may as well go for convenience.


There was already a 99.99% chance that I would never buy a physical disc. Now its 100%.

80% of the time, I have no interest in the "extras". But when I do, dont "taunt" me by saying I cant watch it. Remove it.

This is something that NF should insist on. You know, when they arent dreaming up schemes to ruin their business.

kyle t.

There are two stunts I've seen studios pull to try to entice consumers to buy their Blu-rays and DVDs: One is releasing these "rental" versions of discs that are absent special features, and the other is the 28-day window in which places like Netflix and Redbox are not allowed to keep titles in stock. Personally, I prefer the "rental" discs.

I'm a person who enjoys special features, so the enticement works on me. The 28-day window never made any sense because I'm not going to buy a movie I haven't seen; I'm going to rent it first, obviously, so all the 28-day delay does is entice me to illegally download titles. The only problem I have with rental discs is that when you do go to buy the title, you're taking a risk if you decide to purchase one that's "previously viewed" -- it just might be a rental copy.


If its too much trouble to put the extras on the disk, why do they bother placing previews on the disk that play before the movie plays?

As the text states "this disc only contains the feature film" but often that is not true - the disc contains the feature film and 5-10 minutes of movies the studio thinks you should also watch.

Walt D in LV

For me, I don't mind at all if they put the fake Bonus Feature button on the disc. It's just a reminder that I have a rental. I don't watch many Special Features, unless it's a movie I really, really liked (Arn Knight Templar was a recent one I enjoyed and watched some of the "Making ofs"). Movie studios NOT putting Features on Rental discs just saves me time and allows me to watch more movies.

I don't buy movies. At All. So, while it may be a good enticement for others, it matters not to me to lack the Special Features. Nor does the 28 day window affect me. If I waited four months from the theater release date, I can wait another few weeks. If not, yeah, then I go to Blockbuster.

I also love the fact they put preview trailers on discs. I do get disappointed on discs that don't let me easily skip past the ones I've already seen, but the fast forward over comes that.

I find it humorous that they put Blu-ray ads on regular DVDs, especially those titles that are not available on Blu-ray as someone mentioned. But I guess there are still a lot of people that haven't switched to Blu-ray yet, and any reminder of them to do so is welcome in my book.
Blu-ray has change my movie watching forever. The video quality, the SOUND! It truly is incredible.


In fact... I'd be LESS likely to buy it after they pull that crap.


Kyle: "and the other is the 28-day window in which places like Netflix and Redbox are not allowed to keep titles in stock."

They are allowed to... the studios just won't sell them to NF and RB at a discount during that time. If NF and RB really wanted to make the titles available, they could, but at a higher cost. They could simply run to Best Buy and purchase copies and rent those. That is perfectly legal under the First Sale Doctrine, which, in fact, Redbox has said publicly, that they would exercise at some point if they need to.


I cannot stand when they pull that crap, it is such a waste of my time to have a menu come up with neat stuff I cannot see as I am renting the movie as opposed to illegally downloading from some site and viewing at home. Shame on me for subscribing to a service that allows me to legally watch as many movies online as I wish and never break a law.

Charles Woods

I'm LESS likely to buy a movie if I can't at least see what special features are available.


I rent things I've already seen to watch the extras (for example, TV shows I like but aren't total keepers). So this kind of thing pisses me right off, actually. Also why streaming isn't all that and a bag of chips for me.


I am going to buy certain movies, plain and simple. Star Trek, marvel movies, a few other franchises I have just always bought. My wife with Harry Potter and a select group of other movies.

Nothing the studios do can convince me to by something I wasn't going to buy anyways.


The Blu Ray version of Fast Five has an "Extended Cut" version on the main menu along with the "Theatrical Version" on the rental disc. When you click the extended cut option, you get the message that says basically it ain't on the rental disc, you gotta buy the retail disc to see that version. Free advertising??


This is irritating but easily avoided (rental disks usually warn you that they're movie-only). This pales in comparison to disk that have non-skippable non-fast-forwardable ads and previews. I just watched Paul tonight and had to sit through about 5 minutes of junk before I could watch the movie.

Someone should pass a law to make it illegal to disable UACs (user accessible commands) prior to the main menu.

Hamilton Whitney

Watched Hanna last night (good movie imo) and got the same thing. Have to buy the blu-ray to get the alternate ending and other features even though they show up in the extras menu. If anything, I'll youtube those features - If I just rented the movie doesn't that mean I'm not planning on buying it anyway!?


The menus are not fake, it is just easier to change where the links to lead (to a "not available - buy the disc" page) than to remake the menus.


It definitely bugs me. I virtually always watch all of the extras (except possibly some of the extras about the movie's score). If I knew the DVD had NO extras, then I would use streaming possibly (well, until I cancelled streaming)

Old Timer Too

The only thing more annoying than extra features that aren't that extra (exception: Dr. Who discs) is the annoying FBI warning that I have to sit through when I bought the disc and have no intention of copying it. I really don't like to be insulted by the studios and this is just another example of how little they really care for those who buy their products!


YOU might now buy physical DVDs for the features, but that's the only reason I DO buy DVDs. The problem is, I'm not buying them without seeing the SF first-half the time they're crap.

Now, I can't even rent them.

Walt D in LV

Another thing I thought of, as far as watching trailers: With a lot of Blu-rays now, and Blu-ray players connected to the internet, these previews are often pulled off the internet, which makes them always current and up-to-date. If you watch the same Blu-ray in a few years, it won't be the same old trailers, but trailers for movies that are new or new-to-Blu-ray at that time.

To me, that's a big plus. Watching trailers you don't care about is one thing, but watching a trailer you've seen many times and years old.. That is a BIG waste!

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