Do You Watch DVD Supplements 1st .... Or Last?

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  1. David Von Pein

    David Von Pein Producer

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    I think it ruins a film you've never seen before to watch even the trailer first.

    Film first; extras later.

    What do you say?
     
  2. Yee-Ming

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    yes, but by the time I get the DVD, if I've already seen the movie in the cinema (or on TV), then I'd often go straight to the supplements, since I haven't seen them before.
    but if I've forgotten what the movie was like, then yes, watch the movie again to refresh the memory.
    make any sense at all? [​IMG]
     
  3. Matt Stone

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    Well...it depends on the DVD. If I buy it sight-unseen...then of course I watch the movie first...but otherwise it is a case by case basis. With SW:E1, I watched the extras first...same with the Toy Story Ultimate Toy Box.
     
  4. David Von Pein

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    I concur with you both. [​IMG]
    I just a minute ago got finished watching Se7en for the first time. Quite good. Disc 2 is next.
     
  5. Carl Johnson

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    I always watch the film first and the extras second.
     
  6. Greg_S_H

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    The better question would be "do you watch DVD supplements at all?" [​IMG] I really take that on a case-by-case basis, but I'd say I lean more towards not watching them.
    BTW, I wouldn't be surprised if this is heading to Polls. [​IMG]
     
  7. David Von Pein

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    Yeah, Greg, you're more-than-likely accurate there! [​IMG]
    Yes indeed .... a lot of the extras do go unwatched in my collection. (Maybe some day...)
    I noticed on "Se7en" there are multiple commentaries (3 or 4 different ones). ALL on separate audio tracks! Seems excessive. Who would want to watch/listen to FOUR different commentaries on the very same motion picture!?? I'm sure I won't.
    Anyway ..... TO THE BAT-POLLS!! (Probably.) [​IMG]
     
  8. Tony_Faville

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    I watch the trailer, then the movie, then the extras. I do watch all the extras on my DVD's as it is a big part of the DVD experience...next to awesome sound and picture.

    I used to watch some of the extras first but then when I found out that the extras on The Sixth Sense completely blow the surprise, I started saving the extras for last.
     
  9. Doug Ennis

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    I agree with Tony. I like to watch the trailer(s) first. Especially with older movies. I like to see what got me wanting to see the movie in the first place. I watch the movie next, and all of the supplements come last.
     
  10. John Berggren

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    Always last. I want to experience the movie first. Even if I've already seen it - as it has likely been six months or more since I've seen it in theaters or other home video.

    Once I have my own experience with the film again, I'll go ahead an see what the supplements can give me.
     
  11. Neil Joseph

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    Always last. Extras ruin the movie experience for me.
     
  12. Brook K

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    Almost always last. Sometimes if I've already seen the movie I'll watch the trailer first. Also I usually look at the bio's/filmographies first.
     
  13. Paul Richardson

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    I can't believe people watch the trailer right before the movie. Especially with all the "tell all" trailers out there.

    Unless I've seen the movie recently, I always watch it first, and then the extras.

    What's funny is occasionally in director's commentaries, they speak as if somebody watching it has never seen the film before. Things like: "Well, I don't want to give anything away, but that knife will play in a later scene." Anybody who watches the commentary before watching the actual film deserves to have things spoiled for them. HOw absurd!
     
  14. MartinTeller

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    Unless I've seen the movie very recently, I watch the movie first.

    I used to try to do ALL the supplements, but I've gotten more picky:

    Commentary - I'll always give the commentary a chance (unless it's a rental) but I've been quitting them more often these days.

    Deleted scenes/outtakes - always, and if there's commentary I'll watch both with and without the commentary.

    Featurettes/documentaries - always watch 'em, although recently I've found that I pay less attention than I used to(especially for featurettes about special effects).

    Still galleries/storyboards/concept art - definitely getting less patient with these. I'll flip through the first few before I get bored.

    Text supplements - less patient with these, too. It's funny... if it's in the booklet, I will ALWAYS read it. On the screen, it seems like a chore.

    Cast/crew bios - only to research an actor/actress I'm impressed by and unfamiliar with

    Trailers/TV spots - I skip these more often than not

    Multi-angle features - I used to think these were SO neat, but now they really annoy me.

    ...and a mention for Criterion's radio presentations on the old Hitchcocks. I'm sure impressed that they're on the DVDs, but who has the patience to sit through them?
     
  15. StephenA

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    If I've seen the movie before bying the disc, then first. If not, then after.
     
  16. Keith Enright

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    "...and a mention for Criterion's radio presentations on the old Hitchcocks. I'm sure impressed that they're on the DVDs, but who has the patience to sit through them? "

    Well, actually I suffer from insomnia occassionally and I'll tell you, there's nothing better than a droning commentary or an old radio program from a Criterion disc to put me right out!

    Don't misunderstand me, I LOVE these supplements, but something about them makes me so comfortable I fall fast asleep. It took me FOUR consecutive nights to get completely through the commentary on Donnie Darko, and I LOVED THE COMMENTARY!!!!

    :b
     
  17. Patrick McCart

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    I always watch the movie first.
     
  18. Duane_T

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    It's gotta be movie first, extras last, all the time.
     
  19. Jon_B

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    Movie first, extras last. Can't have it any other way.
     
  20. Justin Doring

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    If I haven't seen the film, I'll always watch it first, as the supplements often give things away. If I have already seen the film, however, I'll sometimes look at the supplements first.
     

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