Are Extras More Important Than Picture Qaulity?

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  • George Bellefontaine
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    • Jan 2001
    • 7637

    Are Extras More Important Than Picture Qaulity?

    After getting a taste of Superbit dvds, I would gladly give up extras for quality. Now and then I am interested enough to view Special Features on dvds, but in many cases I don't find the time. In fact, I have probably a hundred or so titles of which I have never taken time to view the extras.And if the studios really want us to have the extras, they could always have the feature film on Superbit and all the extras on a second disc, the way some releases are now being offered. In fact, they could even put the P&S version on the second disc as Dreamworks did with Shrek.This would make Joe Sixpack happy, while giving us a Superbit film in its OAR.




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  • Burke Strickland
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    • Sep 2001
    • 3161

    #2
    While extras are nice to have, the movie is (or should be) why we buy the disc(s) in the first place. Even if we study the extras at length and in detail, they are still just supplements to the "main event". The quality of the video and audio for the feature presentation should be as good as the studio can produce, IMO.

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    • JonMarsh
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      • Aug 2000
      • 15329

      #3
      If I was JSP with an average interest in movies and fairly typical gear (32" TV, let's say, with an interlaced mid line DVD player), the Superbit advantage would be meaningless; not having the extra goodies might be quite annoying.

      Me, I'd like two disk sets like the TPM as a "premium set", as well a baseline movie only offering.

      However, unlike TPM, cut the cr*p with THX certification and mediocre picture quality, and do the job right. Leave off the edge enhancment; let JSP do it if he wants with his sharpness control; lord only knows enough sets do that excessively right out of the box. `Then most of us would be happy. Oh, and BTW, keep OAR, and everything 16X9 enhanced that isn't 4:3 source.

      Oh well, I know all about the cold day in the devil's domain before we see such sensible behavior. :roll:

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      • Chip
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        • Aug 2001
        • 232

        #4
        It's all about the flick for me... out of 120 or so dvd's i have in my collection, i've watched maybe 3 supplimental discs.

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        • Andrew Pratt
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          • Aug 2000
          • 16507

          #5
          I really like what they did with Shrek with the J6P version on disc one and the adult version on the second disc. Saves on packaging for the studio having to release two different versions of the same movie and makes inventory easier for stores.




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          • Burke Strickland
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            • Sep 2001
            • 3161

            #6
            If I was JSP with an average interest in movies and fairly typical gear (32" TV, let's say, with an interlaced mid line DVD player), the Superbit advantage would be meaningless; not having the extra goodies might be quite annoying.
            Does J6P (not a movie buff) really have any interest in commentaries and other behind-the-scenes info on how the movie was made?

            They might get excited about "games" and "contests", or "gossip" about the cast, but including that stuff is really pandering, not adding to the understanding and enjoyment of movies themselves.

            Seems to me the ones who might be "annoyed" by the exclusion of solid extras (as opposed to "fluff") are those who take movies seriously and study them as an art form. But sometimes these people have to make an informed choice -- "movie" the best it can be presented, or "extras". I'd rather have both, but if I have to choose, it is usually going to be "movie".

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            • Lex
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              • Apr 2001
              • 27461

              #7
              I am not to concerned about store inventory, lol. But I am concerned about picture quality. Extras are just that to me, extra. Occasionally, if I am bored at the end of a movie, or have time to burn, I might check em out a bit. I will say I have enjoed a couple of director commentaries that follow the entire movie. Sort of cool to get that perspective once in a while, but not with every film watched for me-

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              • Markj
                Senior Member
                • Aug 2000
                • 323

                #8
                I have not listen to a complete commentary but for some films I do like the “making of”. I do think picture and sound are the most important and should be the best possible. Usually the “making of” some older favorites have been enjoyable. And some extras are a waist like TV spots and tailors. If the extra is a quality “making of” like the Hitchcock’s have been I would miss them.

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                • George Bellefontaine
                  Moderator Emeritus
                  • Jan 2001
                  • 7637

                  #9
                  I agree Mark.There are some extras worth watching, but then there are so many of those little featurettes which were basically created to promote the film,aren't there.




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                  • Huskerduck
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                    • Oct 2000
                    • 129

                    #10
                    I'll take superbit anyday!




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                    • GregoriusM
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                      • Oct 2000
                      • 2755

                      #11
                      The best video and audio you can get on Disk One and all the features you can get on Disk Two.

                      I'd gladly pay a little extra for the Two-disk Set.
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